When It Rains…

So as if there was not enough going on right now, what with having a baby any day now, I discovered a puddle of water in the downstairs bathroom at 11:00 last night.  That would be directly below the tub upstairs where I had been enjoying a bath before bed.  Sigh.

This is just what we need – a plumbing failure!  And honestly, I care less about the plumbing failure than the loss of my tubby time.  It just got really good and clean last weekend and I have been loving taking a bath at least once a day this last week.  Sniffle.

I have called a plumber and am waiting on our call back.  They hopefully will be able to come today.

And hopefully it won’t be major, but I am not optimistic…I use the shower upstairs daily (to keep water in the pipes fresh) but when you run the tub, it generally starts out rusty (never a good sign).  With daily use that has improved but not gone away entirely. And it’s always been that way.

On the plus side, we actually have a “rainy day” fund right now…  just didn’t think we’d actually be spending it to stop water from raining inside the house!

Update: Bryan, the nice plumber is here… he had to cut a door in the wall (thankfully inside a cupboard) to access the plumbing.  Seems that we have a drain connection problem which can be short-term fixed (half the cost) or long-term resolved.  Since the tub is slated for more, not less, use moving forward (we only have a shower downstairs) we’re going to opt for the long-term, which is good, but not cheap.  And we can’t use the tub or shower until he’s done – sometime next week.  Oh well.  This is why we have savings/rainy day funds, right? He’s going to call Monday to let us know when he can get the parts and come back to do the work.


Note from Sarah: Eileen wrote this Friday  morning, but didn’t post it because yesterday was the day I decided to finally pretend I was a blogger again and she didn’t want to crash my re-debut.

Why am I telling you this? Because I know you’re all wondering how she managed to get a plumber to show up before breakfast on a Saturday.

6 thoughts on “When It Rains…

  1. Mom September 25, 2010 / 6:37 pm

    Oh I can so empathize. Last week I had the plumber here two days — the bathroom in the “new” part of the homestead — seems they don’t make pipes “like they used to”! So long story short — all new pipes & faucet in the bathroom sink — mega dollars later :(. A non-glamorous way to spend a LOT of money, but… it beats brushing your teeth in the kitchen sink & at least I caught the BIG leak before it flowed down the heat vent into the furnace. Don’t even want to go there. Good luck E&C.

  2. Mom September 25, 2010 / 6:42 pm

    P.S. — Sarah — good note. I “bucketed” my leak until Monday — one NEVER calls on the weekend unless it is DIRE — cost prohibitive is an understatement!!

  3. sprite September 26, 2010 / 1:32 am

    Eileen, this is an entirely different definition of having your water break the week you’re due. So sorry it was this one, but glad it wasn’t worse…

    • Eileen September 26, 2010 / 10:02 am

      Very nice, Sprite, very nice 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Mom September 26, 2010 / 8:33 am

    @ Sprite — aren’t you the witty one & at 1:32 a.m. no less. 🙂

  5. Eileen September 27, 2010 / 11:39 am

    Good news. Bryan called at 7:30 this morning (Monday) to see if he could come right away as the parts were available. I’m thrilled to report that as of 10:30am the tub is fixed (and a new awesome shower head is installed as a bonus) and we are back to tubby time. Best part, is cost a lot less than we feared, but still a good chunk of change. At any rate, its done and we’re happy!!

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