House Flooded...guitars Soaked
Praetorian
Oct 2 2010, 02:24 AM
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Holy crap. What a mess! I got up today to go to work, and there was 5 inches of water in my living room. We have had MAJOR rain storms here lately, and my drainage pipe clogged during the night and the water backed up into the house. We had to have the fire department come over and pump out the water. Now, a water damage restoration company is coming over to give us an estimate on the damage. We lost our wall to wall carpeting, our couch, our desks and bookcases, lots of kids toys, etc. etc. The worst part for me...is that three of my guitars were sitting in their cases and soaking in the 5 inches of water! The insides of the cases are wet and the guitars were all wet on the bottom, as they were sitting upright against a wall. I have the guitars out of the cases and have the cases open in an attempt to dry it all out. Do you think the guitars will be ok? Will that water and musty smell ever leave the case?



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Oct 2 2010, 02:44 AM
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If the wood on the guitars is sealed then hopefully it shouldn't affect it. However, with that being said, I don't think you should dry them out fast, because wood warps and cracks when it dries fast. You should seriously call a local luthier as soon as possible so he can tell you exactly what to do.

One more thing, your cases are probably junk, because you'll never be able to get the smell of swamp ass out of the liners.

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Oct 2 2010, 03:04 AM
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Here are some shots. The tape measure shows the water level on the floor. The rest are the guitars as they were laid out to dry.

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Oct 2 2010, 03:56 AM
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ow! ohmy.gif sad.gif That's bad news, man. I hope everything gets restored. I'm sorry about your loss at your house.

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woa dude, that's a bummer, hope those strats are not too old sad.gif but they should be ok man, they are prob going to sound a liiiiiitle different but don't freak out too hard, my strat have been thru crazy stuff too and it sounds even better now!

now you have a story to tell wink.gif

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Sorry to hear about the flooding. I think the guitars will be fine since they did not marinate in the water for too long. Hoping anyway.

I keep my guitars in my house where there is a chance of flooding if it really comes down hard and the power goes out at the same time. If the power is out the sump pump does not work and the basement will flood. It only happened once about 2 years ago and I was able to rescue the guitars since I was home and saw the water starting to come in. Now I have wall hangers to keep them off the floor as a little extra precaution. It would have to get 4 ft deep to get to them now and if that happens I would have a lot of other things to worry about besides my guitars.

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So sorry to hear about this. I hope flood insurance kicks in and takes care of it. I hope you guys are ok and that you can get your place back to normal asap.

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Oct 2 2010, 05:13 AM
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oh oh... losen the strings and keep it dry so the neck doesn't warp.. hope they play well again.

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That sucks man,sorry for your loss.Hope everything turns out well and your guitars work properly.

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Milk the ensurance!

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Thanks for the advice guys! I'm going to let them dry out for a few days before I plug anything in. Adrian - if they sound a little different...maybe I will actually sound presentable for a change! tongue.gif

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That's very sad. Hope it sorts out smile.gif

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Ouch! Sorry to hear that Ben sad.gif

I'm sure the guitars will be just fine though. You have to burn a strat to break it. Ask Hendrix tongue.gif

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Sad to hear that mate!
I am glad I keep my guitars on the highest floor in our house...

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That breaks my heart to hear. Hope all your kids will cope (actual kids as well as your guitar kids)!

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QUOTE (Praetorian @ Oct 2 2010, 06:31 AM) *
Thanks for the advice guys! I'm going to let them dry out for a few days before I plug anything in. Adrian - if they sound a little different...maybe I will actually sound presentable for a change! tongue.gif


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Jeez, thats bad news mate, hope you and the family are getting over it ok.

On the guitar subject I would be very wary of any water getting into the woods, guitar woods are usually dried over a long period of time as moisture makes the wood unstable, any excessive moisture exposure will almost certainly have affected something in them. At the very least make sure the loss assessor is aware of the damage to them so if any problems do arise it will be logged in your claim.

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wow, that's a real mess there... Good luck with getting it all back to normal in your house. Hopefully the guitar's will be fine, albeit may be a bit different sounding.

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Sorry to hear that, mate! Is there any news regarding your instruments?

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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Oct 2 2010, 02:12 PM) *
Sad to hear that mate!
I am glad I keep my guitars on the highest floor in our house...


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