Three years ago we held a graduation party for my stepson. The following morning we were scheduled to take a seven hour Kayaking trip. We were fixing to leave and I was downstairs letting the dogs out. I'm looking at the row of pins, and then see a drip fall on one of the games. Then another drip, then another, so I start scrambling to get the games moved as the entire floor above starts a downpour.
Luckily, at that time the games were on a concrete floor and I was able to pull some of them out of the area before the entire thing let loose above as I'm screaming upstairs to turn the water off to the effin toilet. I pulled two pins 15 feet to safety, and threw a tarp over the others and within about a minute it was Niagara falls in that spot. No games were damaged, only a little down the beer seal on one and I quickly got out the shop vac, electric heaters and fans. Real lucky I had that tarp handy too.
What happened is that during the course of the party the previous day, somebody flushed something down the toilet that totally plugged it up, simultaneously the float mechanism got jammed up; so a two point failure. We just had been using the other bathroom since the party until all hell broke loose. It rapidly flooded the upstairs bathroom, hence the area underneath became a waterfall. I cannot fathom what would have happened if someone had flushed that toilet and we just walked out the door for a seven hour trip. I would have lost the entire arcade and a lot more.
So, now we are now moved to a bigger house, have alot more pins, and unfortunately the only way the layout works is to put games underneath the bathroom areas again. This has got to be a universal problem, pins are often in the basement, and house design does not lend itself to the games being totally away from plumbing.
What do the hardcore collectors do to protect these games from disasters like the one I very luckily avoided?Is there any catch-system that can be installed into the framing underneath a bathroom (or kitchen) to collect water overflows? Anybody solve this problem?