Water leak causes estimated $17,000+ in damage to Music Hall

By Andrea Ray | Aug 02, 2017
Courtesy of: Marion Recreation Department

Marion — A July 23 weekend water leak at the Marion Music Hall caused an estimated $17,000 to $20,000 in damage to the building.

Town Administrator Paul Dawson told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the leak occurred in the second floor women's bathroom.

Dawson said it appears that the main water supply was somehow broken, possibly due to cleaning.

"Anyway, the water ran all weekend," he explained. "It ran until the amount of water actually set off the smoke alarms in the building."

It was at that point that authorities were notified and the water was shut off.

Water from the ladies room, on the second floor, traveled through the floor into the first-floor reading room, at the front of the building. The water missed the furniture in the room, but damaged the carpet, the pinewood floors, and the ceiling.

The most expensive damage is to the flooring in the reading room. That, according to Dawson, is what pushes the repair price of the project to somewhere between $17,000 and $20,000.

"We'll be replacing it, but plank flooring is expensive," he explained. "Plus, the floor needs to be historically correct, so we'll need to consult the [Sippican] Historical Society on that as well."

"I'm assuming the ceiling is going to have to be replaced?" asked Selectman Norm Hills.

"Yes, it will need to be dehumidified and we'll need to check for any signs of mold," Dawson confirmed.

The ceiling in the reading room is made of plaster and will be replaced in the same style, Dawson said. The tile in the women's room will also need to be replaced.

Repairs will begin after an insurance adjuster finishes a price estimate.

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