No less than 3 days after buying our new place, we spotted some water bubbling under the paint in the downstairs bathroom. We tracked the problem to a drainage pipe from outside and tried to snake it ourselves. No dice. The garage was also showing some large puddles after a big rain. We investigated that problem and found we had some faulty flashing in a sun well. $800 poorer, we now owned a property that was draining correctly. Or so we thought.
One month after move in, I was washing some laundry and my MIL discovered our flooded laundry room a few minutes later. We sopped up the water with mops and our shop vac looking for the culprit. The hose wasn't leaking, the front of the washer was dry, the bottom of the utility sink where it drains was dry . . . hmmm. We tested a few cycles and it didn't happen again, so we thought it was a fluke.
Another month goes by. The laundry room floods again. We dissemble the utility sink and try to snake it. No way. We call out a plumber. The picture above is a section of pipe he cut out after his power snake made no forward motion. No wonder.
$600 down the drain because a hair brained someone poured concrete, sludge, etc. down our utility sink at some point.
I wish I had some lovely makeovers to show you. I wish I had been antiquing and flea marketing and bargain finding. I wish homeownship didn't stink sometimes. Well, blog friends, sometimes it does. With a capital S. Thankfully, solidarity starts with an S too. Anyone want to share some home maintenance projects that stole money from your fun decorating fund?
I’m a Defense Consultant with a tendency towards pulling office pranks, taking lunch breaks, and drinking Wawa shakes. I’m also an English major with a serious obsession with alliteration and rhymes. While I’m not keeping America safe, I’m priming, sanding and painting. Or increasing our fresh veg intake. Or pontificating on my newly minted status as a wife. All the while, I’m getting myself into Lucille Ball-esque scrapes and making Jim Carey-esque faces. Post-wedding, I’m bringing blogging home to explore renovations, recipes, and reflections.