Is This Anyway to Start the New Year????  

frogger1995 39F
4342 posts
1/2/2006 5:14 pm

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Is This Anyway to Start the New Year????

OK...prepare for more bitching.

I didn't bother going in to work today because I just didn't friggin feel like it. So I stayed in bed all morning until I could stand it no longer. I have trouble sleeping when I know the sun is up...blame my internal alarm clock.

So I head down stairs to check my cell phone, which had been beeping all morning. While listening to a very nice message from an Adult Friend I heard a dripping sound.

I checked the kitchen sink...nope.
I checked the bathroom sink...nope.
Then I looked behind me and saw my dining room ceiling was leaking again.

I decided to nip it in the bud and ran upstairs to find out exactly where it was coming from. To make a long story short...there is now a big hole in the wall between my second bedroom vanity and my bathroom...but I found the culprit!

The pipe that drains my bathtub is leaky...and it has been leaking for quite some time because 1) There is a rather large puddle underneath it and 2) MY DINING ROOM FLOOR IS WET. It hasn't helped that my faucet is also leaky.

So I ran to Lowes and bought everything I could find to repair the leak...since I damn sure wasn't going to pay a plumber to come and me financially...again (He was the one who installed the, now leaky, faucet)

About $20 later I was desperately trying to save my ceiling. Let me paint the picture for you. Frogger bent over with her torso stuck inside a vanity, her head inside a dank hole, sneezing, coughing, and sniffling, holding a flashlight with one hand and trying to wrap tape around an awkwardly bent pipe with the other.

Let's just say that didn't work. Finally I tried sticking plumber's putty around it. It seems to have helped but I doubt it will hold for long. I also stuck an old towel around it to soak up the leaks. I figure if I check it every now and then it will keep things in line.

When I went down stairs the popcorn ceiling was already peeling off so I decided to help it along, figuring I could replace it later. Big Mistake. It seems that I was not the first victim of a leaky pipe as the popcorn ceiling was cleverly hiding a plug...which summarily came out during my removal(You may be able to see it in the photo to the left), drenching me with months old bathwater. And I thought my living room floor was already wet.

The good news doesn't look like the water affected the ceiling above me or the floor upstairs (it turns out there is a double ceiling). The guardian angel mom bought me for Christmas was also looking down on me since the water never even touched any of the beams holding the house together...just that board they stick in between the beams (It will probably still cost a fortune to repair). But the problem is (temporarily) solved.

Hopefully this will be the worst thing that happens this year!

Things to be Happy About:

Doing it Yourself
Smoked Sausage
Drinking Soda in Wine Glasses
Cool Magazines
Being Wanted

silkysmoothlegs3 105F

1/2/2006 5:37 pm

I hope the damage is not to great

Im useless at DIY..

I hope nothing else ruins your new year babes

silky x

kitchenfun1234 44M
1797 posts
1/2/2006 5:45 pm

Hi there.....
I've had the leaky pipe problem. Here is what I've learnt:
(1) Leak fix tape is a complete waste of money.
(2) Leak fix putty is also a waste of time unless applied inside the joint.
(3) Applying any form of leak solution to the inside of the leaky u bend joint will be impossible because the pipes sort of lock together.
(4) Replacing the pipe and u bend is the cheapest method if you can remove the old one without causing more damage.

Good luck, here's wishing you dry floors in 2006

Don't ever give up searching for the fun in life.

frogger1995 39F

1/2/2006 5:48 pm

silkysmoothlegs3: I don't think so...taht picture makes it look worse than it is (that is not a wet patch showing there)

TalonDuddyTonks 47M
659 posts
1/2/2006 5:54 pm

I feel bad that your new year is off to such a rough start. Hopefully it will get much better very soon..

AS painful as it sounds, you want to get on those leaks as soon as possible because they can cause a lot of other damage. Thank goodness that you currently don't have any structural damage.

Good luck.

WildWon1982 34M

1/2/2006 6:38 pm

I got to get out more. All I can do is picture you getting drenched by a high-pressure squirting pipe joint.

Seriously, though. Hope it all works out quickly. I would have caved the financial , so kudos for even trying.

rm_bellako2005 41M
18 posts
1/2/2006 6:52 pm

Hey FROGGER feliz new year!!!!! sorry i'm so late but I just got my internet connected. Got sent to the fight in the desert and have not been able to log into the site for a couple of months. I hope you find a way to repair the damage. I miss reading your blogs!!!! I'll catch up.EL SOLDADO BELLAKO!!

trustno01 55M  
2364 posts
1/2/2006 7:04 pm

OH NO!!! Sorry to hear of your trials and tribulations. This is not good. You need to do what you have to do. But from my experience you need to get a professional in there to fix it. I would not go with the same person you had before b/c he apparently has no clue. I hope it all works out.

JudeL5 46M
1550 posts
1/2/2006 7:22 pm

Yuk! I never find it fun, or rewarding fixing something like that.... and to find out someone else had the same problem (the plug) and didn't fix it RIGHT is even less fun! Make sure you get lots of air flow to dry it out.... you DON'T want mold growing in the ceiling. It's nasty stuff.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

Jobe00 42M
211 posts
1/2/2006 7:38 pm

Damn...when it rains, it pours.

Good luck getting it fixed up.

blacksexynerd 45M

1/2/2006 9:04 pm

Yeah, this does sound like a rough one. If you have any friends who grew up in Houston see if their families have references for good plumbers. Aside from the water damage, any leak is just slowly driving up your water bill. In the meanwhile, though, you might see if you can rig up some kind of channel to drain off water that leaks. Your patches probably won't hold permanently and it'd be good if you had some less damaging warning when it leaks again.

im_curious_4u 50M

1/2/2006 9:08 pm

Like some of the guys said make sure the area gets dried out some how. Black mold is definitely not something you want to grow in the house. It's very nasty and nearly impossible to get rid of. It sounds like you caught it in time before that problem came up though. Didn't you say that you hated the popcorn ceiling anyway? This might be a good time to change it. See you need to look for the positive in the situation. Hopefully you have another bathroom you can use until it's fixed. In any case good luck young lady.

singlequietone 67M
232 posts
1/3/2006 2:16 am

Hi Frogger,
You never cease to amaze me! A bad cold and you run around trying to fix a plumbing problem. Jumped right in and tackled the problem. What a multi-talented lady! I hope as Tuesday rolls around your cold has gone away and you are your usual self. Please take good care of yourself. Luv Ya.

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
1/3/2006 5:04 am

I'm sorry, Frogger. But hey - did you know that the words for "leaky ceiling" and "opportunity" are the same in Pitkarinese?

2farmer2 44M
1 post
1/3/2006 5:58 am

well it seems like I am the only person who read your story who actually knows anything about plumbing. You didn't quite supply enough inofrmation to be able to tell you what to do, but I can point you in the right direction. First, though, your fix is very temporary. Very, very, very. What you want to do depends on what your goal is. If you want to get the house back to looking like normal than your best bet is to get a contractor to fix it. Most people that get taken advantage of by contractors only call one company. You should always call 3. these guys give quotes for free, so it only costs you a little bit in time. The problem that you are describing is a simple fix. It just requires cutting out some pvc(maybe cast iron) and inserting a new piece, either with a fernco, or using pvc glue. The next step is patching the drywall. This is better handled by a handyman than by a plumber because he will be able to do everything. Call several companies, ask a lot of questions, compare their prices, and also your comfort with their expertise. Getr a written quote. If you contact 3 companies you will know that whatever you decide to do you are paying a fair price. While you could fix this yourself, it really isn't worth it. First you don't know what you are doing, and second you don't have the tools required to do the job. By the time you buy the tools, you will be 3/4 of the way to paying someone else, and you still will not know what to do. So either call follow the contractor plan or leave the hole in your ceiling as this will let things air out.

forgotforgetting 50M
4375 posts
1/3/2006 7:30 am

Frogger - without a doubt, you have a very entertaining outlook on the world. I hope 2006 is great for you.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde

sillyperv 54M

1/3/2006 8:54 am

Yeah, 3 quotes at least and a couple of recommendations from whoever you are thinking of choosing. And a bucket under the leak cause water is a slippery devil.

gnr8nrg 46M

1/3/2006 8:57 am

Frogger, I'm sorry lillypad is leaking. As far as being up when the Sun rises. I do that too. Damn internal clocks.

mygmyg 59M

1/3/2006 10:22 am

FROGGER, Does the school where you work not have a maitenance dept.? Ask someone in your Dept. who to talk to over in maitenance, and make an in person visit, give them your work contact info, Find the guy in charge! he will know who is capable of doing the work, and see if this is a possible avenue of repair for you!
Also, did the previous owner of the place leave any old maintenance records, Maybe there is a clue to the past repairs, was there not some sort of home inspection before purchase? talk to the realtor who you used about possible options in finding the original source of problem. Realtors should have some repair history on the properties they sell, and who has made repairs on your place. have'm fax you the info, start a file with old and new repairs.

sorry that your sick and having to deal with this!

Tall01Guy 42M

1/3/2006 10:40 am

Wow, that sucks. I'll admit to laughing when I read about the ceiling and the plug - I know I've been tempted to use equally temporary solutions before. I'll tackle most home improvement projects, but plumbing scares me.

Most of the responses above are good, sometimes a quick BBB check or references will be enough to alert you to the lousy businessmen out there. Good luck, and we wouldn't be opposed to a few fun wet T-shirt pics along the way!

tillerbabe 55F

1/3/2006 12:36 pm

You Rock! Ihave this "toilet' project that I have been procrastinating on. I hate plumbing! Let me say it louder: I Hate Plumbing!..more than electrical work which scares the poop outta me! i'm so impressed. I'll serve yu some Smoked sausage if you come over and help me with my toilet.

39 posts
1/3/2006 3:21 pm

Funny... my "pipe" works just fine, even after it bursts repeatedly.

Maybe you needed to apply more pressure to the dual valves below, like this young lady below:

Better luck in '06


frogger1995 39F

1/3/2006 4:39 pm

Thanks for the advice once again guys. I finally broke down and called my realtor. I seriously doubt there is anything I can do about the previous owners knowing it. But she gave me the name of her plumber. I also bought a mold testing kit today, though I didn't see any signs. But I have to wait several days...Sigh!

Five years from now I will look back on this and laugh...I hope!

KMA5 40M
771 posts
1/3/2006 10:15 pm

As hot as a Ms. Fix-It sounds (and yeah that image of you wiggling around with duct tape & the sniffles is kinda cute) but calling a professional will save you money in the long run. Unless you know someone who can fix it for next to free, making the call was a good idea

Alexej71 45M
2 posts
1/4/2006 7:44 am

Hi Frogger,
my best wishes for 2006.

You 're a winner!

And a fantastic woman!

Sorceror07 54M

1/4/2006 9:19 am

i despise doing plumbing work... but i can do it... i hate cleaning up the mess! short of replacing the pipe, a good solid sodering can work too, depending on where and how the leak is. tape and puddy is for screwing two pipes together, not for stopping leaks. they are used on the threads to prevent water intrusion into them. really, i prefer to use copper fittings and soder the hell out of everything.

then on to the fun stuff... drywall repair! now THAT i enjoy doing, making a surface totally prepped and ready for painting and finishing, then painting it... looks like brand new too when i'm done.

i have a wet wall leak i'm trying to locate now so i don't have to tear down my whole bathroom wall. the leak is in a copper feed pipe i'm sure because i can hear it drip when the shower is turned on, or the sink or shower in the other bathroom which shares the same wet wall. (a wet wall isn't wet... it's the wall the pipes run through) lol!

and now... it's time to do the daman wayans handyman dance

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...

frogger1995 39F

1/5/2006 6:42 am

Good news...the leaks is covered by my Home Owner's warranty AND I tested for mold and there was none!

Sorceror07 54M

1/7/2006 7:34 am

cool!!! totally awesome! those HoW's can come in handy

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...

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