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Old 03-15-2011, 08:43 AM   #1
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Advice Request: (re: Essex Ice Mkr. Flood Repair)

What would you Newmar folks do, after clean up and dry up of a water flood under refrigerator due to malfunctioning ice maker?

As described in the thread: "Ice Maker Flood..." (below), ours flooded, and right now we're trying to decide whether or not to go through the process of getting service appt. (either at Nappanee, or some Newmar Svc. center somewhere nearby) to have this residential style refer removed, have ice mkr. repaired, have single cracked tile replaced, AND...having sub-flooring replaced. The condition of the sub-flooring is our biggest worry. We wonder, will it rot further, will it mold up, etc. etc.

If you guys/gals experienced a similar flooding, would ya move to get it all re-done, or, would ya live with it. And...YES,....cost IS an issue.

Thanks for your guidance.

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Old 03-15-2011, 11:21 AM   #2
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Steve & Lynette, we just experienced a flood in the bath of our stick house and our concerns were similar. The biggest concern was mold under the floor. We had a remediation team recommended by the insurance company come in, they ripped holes in the ceiling (would be in your basement compartments), removed the floor and ventilated the area which prevented mold growth.

I'd recommend calling your insurance company and seeing if they have similar experience with that and/or try doing some ripping out yourself.

According to our remediation folks, the sooner you get the area open and aired out the less of a chance for mold buildup and other damage. BTW, insurance paid for all the repairs (minus the deductible) as the leak was accidental, like yours is.

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So,.....NOBODY with a Newmar has had an interior coach water flood??? The silence on whether the sub-floor should be replaced is deafening!!! Now that it's been a week or more since clean up, and all seems dry, we're less and less inclined to undertake service procedure requiring fridge to be taken out, (which has gotta be major operation). Except for cracked tile in front of fridge, it's becoming more appealing to simply live with it.

Anybody have advice????

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We didn't have a flood, but we did have mold issues from a shower pipe leaking for several months. Newmar sanded the subfloor and painted it with Kilz, instead of replacing it. And most importantly, they gave me a five year guarantee of their work.

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Our ice maker ( a stand alone unit enclosed behind the passenger seat) leaked do to over pressure. It soaked the floor all around the passenger seat. Our living room is carpeted. The same day I removed the ice maker, lifted all the carpet and backing pad and dried it out completely. When it was competely dry, I put everything back and no mold. Getting the floor dry as quick as possible is the key.
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I'd turn it in to the insurance and let them pay for whatever needs to be fixed or later on down the line it will come out of your pocket unless they find no damage. If you cracked the tile from freezing it's in the subfloor. Not cheep to fix in an Essex. Call Newmar and see what they suggest. Me, I'd have it back to the factory. It's not that hard to slide that box out. (Unless you don't have it insured) And if you don't, your working on the cheap anyway, which I'm sure your not.
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THANKS for you input. We've scheduled appt. at Nappanee for June 20th to have any damages repaired and will likely have ice maker fixed as well....although....after this experience, it's doubtful we'll even turn the dang thing on again. We're gettin used to ice trays again !!

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THANKS for you input. We've scheduled appt. at Nappanee for June 20th to have any damages repaired and will likely have ice maker fixed as well....although....after this experience, it's doubtful we'll even turn the dang thing on again. We're gettin used to ice trays again !!

Thanks again.

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We were so discouraged with the stand alone icemaker leak that we removed it and turned the cabinet into a file cabinet with a drop leaf front for the laptop and printer. Ice cube trays are in use!
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