Don’t do it! What a week at the loft. I really did dream about water last weekend. And I kept thinking I heard water dripping. Checked my kitchen faucet. Stood in the middle of the bathroom and listened. Nothing. Even went outside with a flashlight and checked the water meter! It was not turning.
But I just knew something was up.
On Tuesday I came through the garage to take the groceries into the kitchen (I usually just go through the front door). And there it was on the garage floor…water. A long puddle of water. Under the washing machine and the hot water heater. Up the walls. Out the garage door.
It’s now Sunday. I have a ‘slab leak’ – a cold water pipe has broken inside the concrete foundation of the house. A slab leak can’t be repaired – it has to be located and isolated. The plumbers cap the two ends of the pipe, where they exit the slab into the house. And then bypass the leak with new piping.
Finding the leak took 8 hours, two men, and a jackhammer.
As of today, the mold has been ‘remediated’, the turbo fans and dehumidifier are gone, all the walls and floors are dry. Of course I have lots of missing and damaged wallboard in the garage, as well as a 2′ x 5′ hole on the outside of the house (jackhammer…). Reconstruction begins next week. Washer and dryer are disconnected, but (here comes the bright side )…