Category Archives: Hailstorm repairs

Upstairs ceilings done

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Workers finished plastering and painting the 2nd floor ceilings today — popcorn texture in the hallway and knock-down texture in the rooms. See my previous blog posts here and here about the damage and repairs.

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For the past ten days, we’ve been sleeping on an air mattress in the basement, Gilly’s been sleeping in the living room, and the dining room table has mostly been a computer work station. It’ll be good to sleep in our own beds in our own rooms tonight… and work in our own offices tomorrow.

I must tip my blog hat again (see the previous one here) to adjuster Todd Hodapp and the people at Auto-Owners, our homeowners insurance company. They handled this additional claim quickly and competently. Interesting to see that they have an entry in the Wikipedia: “Although the name suggests only auto insurance is provided, it actually provides many lines of insurance ranging form [sic] property, liability, auto, garage, workers compensation, and life.” Must not have been written by the corporate PR department.

Ceiling painting, plastering


Hwan Kim and his co-worker “Tino” took on the task of painting our living room ceiling, blasting the wallpaper and old plaster from the upstairs ceilings, and eventually, re-plastering the hallway ceiling and all the rooms on the second floor except for my office. A mess! They also repainted the porch and the external roof peaks and window trim.

Ceiling water damage


We noticed some discoloration of the ceilings in some of the second floor rooms a couple of weeks ago and wondered whether it was hailstorm related. Our insurance company, Auto Owners, sent out Charles Schaal, a representative from Rainbow International, to assess whether or not there was still moisture present anywhere using an infrared gizmo.


He didn’t find any existing moisture but found plenty of evidence of recent moisture. The insurance adjuster, Todd Hodapp, and Jon Cooper from Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows, came out to take a look and a few days later, we were approved for ceiling repairs. Evidently, when the hailstorm broke the roof vents, the rain during that 10 am storm and the heavy rain later in the day from the 6 pm storm leaked into the attic and seaped its way into the second floor ceilings. So now we have a big repair job to contend with, since the old ceilings have wallpaper on them. Oy.