I apologize, Raisinettes, but there’s been some trouble at Raisin Headquarters (or should I say Headquwaters?). You see, I went into the kitchen last night, and there was water all over the floor.
The same thing had happened years ago, and it turned out to be a leak under the foundation. It’s a long story, but the condo had a plumber thread evil polybutylene pipe through the attic and the walls in order to bypass the leak. Last night’s leak was in the identical place. I went and got the condo president, because the management office was closed. He came over and turned off the water and called the condo association manager to tell him to make sure to get a plumber here as soon as possible. No water all last night, so I made sure that any urination was flush-worthy. Two bathrooms, so I didn’t have to go thirsty. Well, the plumber got here about 1 this afternoon. He had to move the refrigerator, and then he cut a big chunk of drywall to see the leak. I told him that I noticed that the back stoop had been wet for the last couple of weeks. At first, I thought the sprinklers and the accumulated leaves were keeping it slightly flooded. When I saw the flood inside, I knew it had nothing to do with sprinklers. Mike (not Joe) the Plumber said that there was a leak under the floor again. However, when I told him about the back stoop, he went back there and asked what was in the outdoor closet. I told him it was the hot water heater, and he said he should look at it. Sure enough, the closet floor was covered with water. Mike (not Joe) the Plumber vacuumed out the water, and we could see that it had a leak. It was almost rotted away at the bottom. Another chunk of drywall was taken out of the inside wall to see if it was wet. Nope. Mike (not Joe) the Plumber shut the heater off, and then he went back to the front of the condo where the water meter is to see if it moved. It only moved slightly. Then we went back to the kitchen to see if it was still leaking there. It was. I’m a little confused now how Mike (not Joe) the Plumber figured it all out, but when he explained it to me, it made sense how he figured out that there are 2 leaks, one under the slab and the water heater. He told me he could replace the water heater tomorrow morning to the tune of $695. I’m not in the mood to shop around, so I said okay. He said the other leak is too big a job, so he will tell the condo manager to send out a couple of other plumbers who do bigger jobs like that. Before he left, I asked him about some drywall that didn’t look very dry in the living room. Yet another chunk of drywall fell to the wayside, and Mike (not Joe) the Plumber determined that there was a leak inside. The trifecta! I thought it was the evil poly pipe, but it wasn’t. Instead, my genius contractor who redid my bathroom (which is on the other side of the wall) didn’t solder the pipe that goes to the shower correctly. Mike (not Joe) the Plumber cut a piece of pipe and soldered on a new piece. One leak fixed, and it only cost me $89.
So, to make a long story short, Mike (not Joe) the Plumber will install a new hot water heater tomorrow morning, new plumbers have to come to fix the underground leak, the condo might finally replace the evil poly pipe that might burst at any moment, and I can barely move, because I was up all last night wringing out towels and moving stuff around and then putting everything back where it belongs today as well as mopping the muddy floors. The good news is that the water is turned back on, so that I can not only take a shower, but I can take a leak, too!
I hope to be able to crank out some new posters soon, but I hope my dearest Raisinettes will understand if I can’t. I’ll still be around to visit in the comments.