The House

The house that contains The Server Closet with its 20 year old roof was subjected to over 90 knot winds for an extended period of time. The roof damage was extensive. The winds also revealed that the pretty aluminum facia had trapped water over the years and concealed the resulting rotting wood beneath it. The trees were stripped of most of their leaves. Most of the water that leaked though the damaged roof ran down the trusses into the exterior walls, down inside the walls and came out inside from beneath the baseboards. Ziploc bags placed over the feet of furniture legs and constant mopping handled that problem (except for the dining table for whom the Ziploc bags came too late). The other relatively minor drips from the ceilings were dealt with by draping tarps over furniture and positioning them to drain into buckets. Electronic equipment, books and important papers had been packed in garbage bags before the arrival of the storm. The back door exiting into the car port has a jalosie window in its center. During the height of the storm the wind drove water between the jalosies causing water to spray inside for 3-4 feet.

Several neighbors had ceilings collapse due to roof leaks. The compostion of the walls and ceilings of the house that contains The Server Closet differs from modern drywall construction. The walls are a drywall board covered with a coat of plaster. This is stronger, more rigid and proved much more resistant to water damage. The ceilings suffered discoloration and some cracks, but not failure. The interior paint on some of the vertical exterior walls bubbled and peeled.

Before The Storm
During The Storm
After The Storm