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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.



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?
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!
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.
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
A Christmas BBQ? Might be fun -- the Australians have been having them for years!