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The home-owner's lament

This morning, I found another puddle on the floor and more toadstools growing in the corner of my littlest room, and decided things couldn't be left as they were for much longer. Obviously, whatever's going on there isn't going to go away by itself, and I was left with no alternative but to call in the plumber. Strangely, since I told them over the phone that I thought the leakage came from the connection to the sewer, they sent someone round who knew about installing boilers and the like, but hadn't yet been trained on how to handle sewer leakages. So now they're sending round an experienced plumber tomorrow...and I've been warned that in order for them to do a proper, not a patch-up job, the cost will be...well, they didn't say 'prohibitive', but I got the impression the repairs may end up costing me a pretty penny. Don't know where I'm going to get the money from, but I felt I couldn't go back to ignoring this problem, now that I know it exists. Oh, why did I ever decide to get onto the property ladder? If I'd stayed in rented accommodation, this sort of thing would have been the landlord's responsibility to sort.

Now, on top of all this worry, I've also got the mother of all colds to deal with. Please God I get that job. It'll help towards the bill, and I'm due a break.

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flickerswitch
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Good call, could've ended up costing you loads more if you'd left it!
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
I know, and you're right of course; but I've still got to get to Britain for CoRo's Fall 2005 UK Tour, and these repairs look set to be hacking into my travel fund!
flickerswitch
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
*winces* Ouch!
tori_x
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
I have a cold too it sucks!
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oh well, since we've both been struck down already, I'll give you a

((hug))

There, better now?
tori_x
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you one right back at you *hugz*
vegmb
Aug. 31st, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
I am coming down with a cold too, I guess it's what all the cool kids are doing these days.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
I feel better already, knowing I'm, in such excellent company. ;-)

You okay? I know you said you're far far away from New Orleans, but Katrina seems to have been quite extensive and destructive -- I just want to make sure you and yours are fine.
vegmb
Aug. 31st, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
Okay is a relative term. I am about a 4 hour drive west of New Orleans. With huricanes, the southeast of the eye gets the worst damage. I didn't even get any rain at my house, though there was some wind. Emotionally it is really tough right now. There are so many people who have just literally lost everything in their lives, sometimes including their family. There are evacuees everywhere with room for them to fit, shelters set up for them, camp grounds, hotels...and so many of them with small children and little or no money.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
and so many of them with small children and little or no money.

Breaks your heart, doesn't it? I can't imagine that kind of stress, on the families as well as the community at large. Kind of puts everything I worry about in my life right now in perspective. You hang in there -- my thoughts are with you.
vegmb
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Breaks your heart, doesn't it?
Yes it does.

Kind of puts everything I worry about in my life right now in perspective.
It really does. And to know that if it had been just a little further west, I could be in their shoes.
river_soul
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
*Hug*

Feel better and good luck with the job still!
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- I just got the final version of the report in the mail, but other than having been printed on fancy paper and in colour, it's not any different from the version I got to read and approve earlier in the week. Still keeping my fingers crossed its recommendations will be enough to get me in! ;-)
anonypooh
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
*digs for silver linings* ... at least the cold is now and not in a few weeks time!

umm .. err... does the water company/authority bear any responsibility to covering the cost of repairs since it's a sewer leak? *scatches head* - I guess not huh...thats a toughie...Or does household insurance cover anything?

ok I give in ... be the squee... feel the squee.



gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Insurance...now there's a thought! Honestly, what do I pay all these premiums for if not to claim some of it back some day? I'll look into it!

does the water company/authority bear any responsibility to covering the cost of repairs since it's a sewer leak?

They would if it was, you know, the actual sewer. But unfortunately, it's in the bit that forms my hook-up to the sewer system, and that, being on my property, is my responsibility. :(
phendog
Aug. 31st, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Eek! Toadstools is NOT a good sign! Best luck in trying to get it all fixed.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Cheers. This really couldn't have come at a worse time.
sanda56
Aug. 31st, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, mushrooms? Mind you, I've had them growing on the wall in the front room of my old flat! Hope you get it sorted soon and not too expensively.

Sorry about the cold. Hope you get over it quickly.

*hugs*

gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, mushrooms?

Yup, mushrooms -- unfortunately not the edible kind. A sure sign that the leak has been there for quite a while...years, possibly.

The plumbers going to be here at 8 tomorrow, and hopefully he can get it all done in a day; but from what I gather, it's going to be quite an extensive job. They need to take out the original, 55-year old stone pipe and replace it with a modern PVC one, but the angle at which they'll have to work is quite awkward. We'll see.
bogwitch
Aug. 31st, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
Least I don't have mushrooms in my dumpy bathroom (to my knowledge!).
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Counting your blessings, are you? Why? Has something happened?
bogwitch
Aug. 31st, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
Nothing happening is the problem!
calove
Sep. 1st, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
Oh, dear. It never rains...

Do Dutch plumbers do the sucking the teeth and sorrowful shaking of the head routine? Hope the damage isn't as bad as you're fearing.

Take care of yourself, love. Summer colds are teh bitch.

As to the job - with your experience and talent and so many people rooting for you, how can you fail?
gamiila
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)
Do Dutch plumbers do the sucking the teeth and sorrowful shaking of the head routine?

Oh yes. It's the international language of plumbing! He seems to have hit a snag now, and is busily conferring with his boss over the phone. Apparently, I neglected to tell them that the wash stand in the bathroom empties out into the same bit of sewer connection. Well, I didn't know that, did I?

how can you fail?

No! You didn't say that -- if you do, you'll jinx it!
calove
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
Oops! OK - I never said that. I'll just carry on keeping everything crossed for you.

Good luck with the plumber. I'm due a visit from one next week to connect up the new cooker. Small problem - the carpenter has put his back out and all work in the kitchen ground to a halt last week. So there's not actually anywhere to put the new cooker, let alone connect the thing up. At this rate I'll be cooking Cristmas dinner on the BBQ.
gamiila
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
A Christmas BBQ? Might be fun -- the Australians have been having them for years!
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