The Great Flood

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Brewing, Slider | Comments Off on The Great Flood

The source of the flood

The source of the flood

You know how in movies or cartoons, the water will get left on in a room until the entire room fills up with water? The water gushes out from under the closed door and when it’s opened, a biblical deluge is let loose. That’s what Naomi arrived to find at the brewery on day three. Not a good sight! A local ‘Rican who hangs out on the plaza had done plumbing work in the building before and knew which water meter was ours. He turned it off when he saw the waterfall, but the entire building still had 2-4 inches of water throughout.

A friend and I were able to track the source down to a burst water hose in the women’s restroom. There are a lot of problems with water pressure in Rincón, alternating between too little (if any at all) and too much. This is very hard on hoses and water pipes, most of which are PVC. We turned the sink valve off so we could get the building’s water turned back on and surveyed the scene. At least the fix was easy; dealing with the water was not. Luckily, we had just cleaned up and organized the entire space the day before. All tools were put away and lumber was sorted into piles.

Flooded main room

Flooded main room

Since we had no power, I spent the next few hours sweeping water out of the door with a shop broom. Naomi was running around town trying to track down a generator so we could vacuum up the water. I finally got enough water out that I then began slowly mopping and squeezing, mopping and squeezing. Cup by cup I moved water from the floor into the mop bucket. Naomi never did get a hold of a generator, but by the end of the day, I had the main room nearly dry. We headed to Home Depot to get a few supplies and a hand pump to take care of the back room, which still had several inches of water.

Today we were able to pump and mop up the rest of the water. I’m pretty sure “build an Olympic-sized wading pool” was not an item on our to-do list. No tools were damaged, so other than the waste of a day and a half, we were okay. We did find someone to haul off our large pile of scrap wood, metal and acoustic tiles, so that was a bonus. We hope to get back to the real work this week.