Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Fitz, Jan 20, 2016.
$200 seems downright cheap for an emergency plumber. I think that’s less than the base charge when I called to get someone on a Sunday, so embrace that as a win! Also yay shower then bed.
@TaterTot very true! The guy was telling us he was on his way to Kmart next to redo their pipes before they opened and we were like hmmm can Kmart afford this?!
So a leaky toilet resulted in water damage on a load-bearing wall and the ceiling above it. The ceiling was saturated to the point that I accidentally put my hand through it feeling for dampness.
The toilet is fixed. How worried do I need to be about mold growing in the wall? Will it dry on its own? Or will it get moldy? It's in a Minnesota walkout basement.
If mold isn't a huge concern, we're not inclined to fix it just for cosmetics because it's a spot where our bar built-in goes almost to the ceiling, and we have little liquor trinkets and old shot glasses and signs up there blocking it from view. Don't fucking judge me. I'm fine with this choice.
Plumber recommended we get a guy with an infrared to come and check for moisture and give us a quote.
I would at least put those post-flood fans on it for a day or two and then get a moisture reading. Mould is no joke.
I’d take out some drywall that’s damaged so it can dry better. If it dries fine you’ll still want to replace that and a drywall guy is way cheaper than a mold guy.
Thanks. Will do when we get home. Should have so done over the weekend. LOL. Oops.
Also emailed the dude to see if he actually does give free quotes.
Put a dehumidifier in the room in addition to the fans. Move it up and down the wall. And cut holes roughly 1” diameter every 16-18” (between every stud). I’ll be honest though, I’d rip out all the wet drywall and have them put a mold inhibitor on the wet studs because toilet water is gross.
Visibly, the only damage we can see is smaller than an 8.5"x11" piece of paper. I understand there could be a lot that we're not seeing, but at most we could cut two holes. The rest is behind built-ins and a big mirror.
I mean, it's vented in that my hand went through it.
Cut them. If you can see that much there’s likely much more.
Cut the bar out? lol no.
Oh. Or cut the two holes we can?
Lol. Yes. Cut what you can. Dry out as best you can.
For real, it's worth it to at least cut as much out as you can. Years ago, water got into the wall between my bedroom and living room in a basement apt. Never saw any damage or smelled any of it at first, but I definitely noticed an uptick of mold with my plants and in my pantry. By the time it was musty, the damage was extensive and reached my upstairs neighbor.
Attempting to repaint my deck. Turns out there's some rotten wood. Chances I can just sand down and paint over those planks? It's not the floor as that is concrete. Just some of the side planks
I would replace them as rot spreads.
I think our condensate pan finally crapped out. That or there’s so much condensation that it overflowed the pan. We’ve got water dripping through the bathroom vent fan (right under the AC) and I don’t know if ones related to the other or if it’s just the leaks in the ductwork connections and the fact that it’s boiling hot but our thermostat is set 7 degrees cooler than the current temperature. Agh. And we won’t really know anything until either the tech calls back or tomorrow morning when R goes into the attic to check it out (too hot now).
I know you're right... But ugh. This is not in my scope of work!
I hate everything. R went to check the A/C. The duct tape (like the tape rated for actual hard A/C ductwork) was flapping so he pushed it down but then from FaceTime there looked to be more leaks. So off to the nearest hardware store. But wait, they don’t carry the same brand of tape as what’s on our ducts so I’m having to google if their crap meets the same code standards. Then me into the attic (R is not handy and neither of us trust him not to tape over something that exhausts into the attic). I spent a good 20 minutes securing the old tape and taping over small holes and trying to mop most of the water in the pan.
As best I can guess, the water is because the wood blocking holding up the duct was so saturated with condensation because the the leak? I don’t even know. But there is more air coming through the vents and while the thermostat only says the temperature there has dropped just 1 degree, kiddo’s room has dropped 2 degrees. Although that won’t stop me from staring at him through the camera watching him breath until it’s down to at least 78 in here.
I should probably eat dinner now. Everyone’s evening was in shambles. I just hope this fixes the problem.
And now I’m going to have up get an electrician out here to make sure the vent fan is okay since it’s had water dripping through it in addition to the A/C people out here because there were some leaks that weren’t duct and I didn’t feel comfortable taping.
Ugh that all sounds like a PITA but look at you being a boss lady fixin your own shit.
It’s not cooling anymore. I am going to have to pay the after-hours tech to come.
Hope you guys are cool and comfortable soon, mags!!!
Evaporator coil. Which is roughly $1k less than just replacing the entire unit (which would just limp along anyway because it’s shit).
Guess who’s getting a new AC? I guess we’re not moving next year after all.
ETA: lies. New AC is a lot more. Lol, broke now.
Yay new AC though. Sorry you’re sweating.
They put a bandaid on it so we’re not too bad right now. Bandaid will last a couple of days. Not sure which day of the week we’re getting the replacement, but it’s happening.
At least I’ll get to enjoy it. Shit, between the better quality paint (the walls were so chalky because no primer), sealing the counters, shower replacement, adding an irrigation system, and now this— this house is going to be really nice when we do move... so unfair.
Home Depot already has Labor Day sales pricing online (and probably in stores?) now! I don't know about paint, but appliances are marked down, including small appliances and vacuums.