Floor AND Ceiling – Oh My!!

4 year old told me she “broke the toilet.”   She left the toilet overflowing for several minutes. We’re talking gallons and gallons AND gallons of water! The picture doesn’t even do it justice.  Then I heard the 6 year old yelling downstairs, “Mom is not going to like this!” I hurried downstairs to see a waterfall coming out of the light fixture in the nook and 1 year old having a grand old time playing in it. The real kicker was when water started coming out of the smoke detector (across the living room) and I got a nice little electric shock trying to disconnect it.  Water pooled up in the ceiling. I had to puncture it to allow the water to drain.



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  • http://asimplelifeinspired.blogspot.com/ Stacy

    I've had experience with ceilings like this, but from melt water not craziness! You have my sympathy! Makes for a great post, though!

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayR425 Lindsay Reynolds

    omgoodness!! sympathy definitely going out to you!!!

  • http://twitter.com/patinak patinak

    I can relate. Though not exactly my 9 month old son's fault… I was running warm water in the upstairs bathroom sink when he started screaming. I quickly ran to see what was wrong. I calmed him down in the rocking chair and apparently fell asleep from being so exhausted. I woke to the sound of rain. I thought, 'How odd. I don't remember hearing we were supposed to get rain.' Then I though, 'The sink.' Yep… still running. The water had run over to the floor, pooled in about 1 inch of water, soaked through the ceiling into the kitchen below by means of the ceiling fan that was spinning water down the walls, ruining the paint job. There was also a nice puddle in the basement under the kitchen. I didn't know whether to cry, scream, or laugh.

  • Angie

    Yeah happened to me too only it went into the basement. I was gone for 2 hours after my son flushed before going to school. We had the rare combo of over flowing and malfunctioning lever so it just ran and ran. I heard a waterfall and found 3 inches of water in the basement.

  • cat72196

    I feel your pain! A while back, my daughter (5 years old @ the time,) used an absurd amount of toilet paper and overflowed the toilet… it leaked into the basement, and bought me an $800 repair when it fried the computer board of my 2-years-new furnace. Oyyy! :o/

  • http://spokehedz.clavid.com/ Alexander

    Sweet Zombie Jesus! What are you feeding that kid that they can clog the toilet at 4?!?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Metallikato Michelle Ramirez

      …You DO realize that children tend to play with whatever they find, don’t you? The 4 year old must’ve wadded up fistfuls of toilet paper and clogged the toilet with that.

  • nerwen_aldarion

    Oh My God!!!! I hope you guys are okay!

  • Duck

    My friends 7 year old just flooded their down stairs (threw her brothers pull up into the toilet by accident) It happens, hope you have decent insurance!

  • MmeZeeZee

    Wow. That is one for the Wall of Pain. I am so sorry. Definitely one of those things that could happen to anyone with a toilet-trained four-year-old.

  • alisonwolfe

    mmm, i can relate too. i just had our fourth baby and on my first adventure home alone with four under four… while nursing the baby our oldest daughter went potty… our youngest daughter followed… i was informed the youngest had played in the potty… so i washed her up and told the oldest to go finish up. i heard a flush followed by loud screaming. i knew immediately that the toilet was plugged and that my daughter must still be sitting on the toilet getting wet from the bottom up… sure enough, she was. after sending her to a different bathroom, and the youngest to her room for a minute, i realized… the toilet was plugged with feminine products and mesh hospital panties the youngest had found in the garbage can… yuck.

  • http://twitter.com/am_shaffer AM Shaffer

    OH. MY. GODS. If I was in your shoes (thankfully I'm not) I would have gone catatonic, and my husband would have found me sitting motionless, in the livingroom, underneath one of those ceiling paint water bubbles, with the kids playing in the dripping water.

  • http://didyougetanyofthat.blogspot.com/ XLMIC

    We just had something similar happen! But it wasn’t the kids’ fault, it was a lame handyman who broke the toilet trying to fix it. Water pouring through the light fixture and the smoke detector, too!

  • Stacey Whitman

    My son was playing in the tub and managed to get water all over the floor and into the ceiling that dripped down to my chandler. I feel you on the electrical shock and ceiling drainage… I will admit that wasn’t fun.

  • Anonymous

    Yup! We did that too. Only my son was 11 at the time. He let it run ALL NIGHT. Found it the next morning. Lived with circles on the ceiling for five years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689460509 Anne Marie McLennon


  • Kimberley

    2 days before Christmas 2010. Sons home from college. Mother-in-law expected next day. Woke up that morning to find that middle son had gotten up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, didn’t flush properly and left the toilet plugged. It had run for at least 2 or 3 hours and flooded the living room downstairs. Still have rings on the ceiling. We were sucking up water with a carpet-cleaning machine for days afterwards. Ho ho ho! I’m so glad it’s Spring!

  • http://www.facebook.com/missyvail Missy Vail

    My four year old son… now 20 decided to help mommy by washing my floppy discs… for a transcription class I was taking.  The entire semester of work was on those discs.  Fortunately I did have them backed up but for that split second I was think… OMG!  He was smiling all the way … then the toilet over flowed because he washed them by continuously flushing the toilet over and over and over again.

  • http://www.messyfloors.com/ Messy floors

    However , if you hire a carpet cleaning machine
    and you end up making a howler, you will end up losing money when your carpet,
    underlayment and floor are all ruined. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Ross/769103286 Jessica Ross

    I probably would have stood there staring for a minute thinking….. “I dont even know where to start.”