Went over to the church this morning to check on things , found the bsmt furnace wasn't working . Temp in bsmt was 41 , we have a vent from ceiling in bsmt to give some heat to the bathroom upstairs. Found the temp upstairs in bathroom was 28 or lower. After getting furnace running decided I better go back over this afternoon and see if things was alright.
Walked into the bsmt and seen about a 1/2" of water on parts of main area and back in the kitchen area a mess. Heard water running so go upstairs to the bathroom and found water coming out hot water line. Turned off valve did nothing, OK now need to shut off the main water line. Found the main valve in pit outside near the rear of the church. Ball valve ,we don't think, had not been turned off since water line was changed guessing 30 yrs ago. Tried at least 10 times to get valve turned off reaching as far down in this pit to reach the valve. I finally got it to turn to the left or to open it further, tried one more time to the right and thankfully got the valve to shut off.
Had already called my neighbor , told him we had a leak , he shows up and tells me we need more help than him and me. I agreed told him I had called two other trustees and they were on there way. This was around 330-4Pm , walked in the house at 630. Emptied my shopvac 3 times and the other trustees did the same . We left both furnaces running tonight, said we would come back tomorrow morning.
Ceiling lights are no longer in the kitchen, close to 2/3 of the drywall ceiling is down , electric range had at least a 1" of water in top and down in the oven part.
Just need to find out which copper line burst and get it repaired then water could be turned back on.
The one trustee ,his wife is our treasurer and she has the insurance policy , they will be contacting the insurance company and yes we did take pictures before doing anything...
Now the fun begins......As we said we have been thankful this hadn't happen years ago. There are some weeks we don't go in the church one week to the next week.!