Do you remember that movie The Money Pit, with Tom Hanks and Shelly whotsit from Cheers? Not a very good movie, really, but it's come to haunt me these last few days.
When we bought this house, we knew it had a few problems. It needed a new boiler and the cellar was damp. However, we have a whole other set of problems now. I noticed these damp patches over the slider a few weeks ago. I thought maybe it was because the gutters hadn't been cleaned out, so TCBIM went out and pulled all the leaves out and I dried the damp spots. Since then, the spots have become worse and worse and worse. And they're spreading. There are damp spots over the front bay window, some in our bedroom and some in the bathroom.
These are the spots over the living room slider and are by far, the worst of them.
However, this morning, I pulled Boo's toy bin out from the living room wall and noticed a big mildewy patch there, too. I sprayed it with Lysol and as I was cleaning it up, rested my hand on the wall. The wall was wet. Not damp, wet. The wet went about a foot up the wall and covered about an 8" area.
This sent me on a mission, of course. I have now found mildewy, damp spots on the walls in my bedroom and in Boo's bedroom. I'm freaking out. Why are the walls wet? It hasn't rained in days and days. And even if it had been raining, why are the WALLS wet???
I have a horrible feeling that I'm going to be walking away from this house very soon. This seems like a huge problem, an expensive problem. A problem not worth fixing, to be honest.
So, yeah. Commence full-blown freak out. Now.