Monday, November 27, 2006

Oh. Shit.

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.


Anonymous said...

Oh shit is right.

But it could be worse. It could be wet from blood ala the Amittyville Horror house.

I'm not helping am I?

I'll shut up now.

Shannon said...

Oh we have a wet spot on our ceiling right below our shower.

Are the spots where showers, sinks, or toilets would be.

We have to rip out the ceiling to get to the piping in order for Jeff to fix it.

Second time for us!!!!!!!! This happened in our first house as well. Shotty pipes.

Kevin said...

That scene when Tom Hanks bursts into that ridiculous, anxiety-induced laughing fit as the bathtub falls through the floor is one of my all-time favorites.

I am very sorry that you have water problems. That sucks. I hope you find the source and it's not a terribly expensive fix.

Joke said...


This feeling is so-o-o-o-o-o-o familiar it's not even funny.


OhTheJoys said...

Water problems...(shudder!!)

LJ said...

At least a lot of the kids presents are bought! Just them out of the danger zone.

Sharon said...

I sympathize. In the last week, my water heater has given out (flooding the floor with 40 gallons of water, which spread to most of the first floor), the toilet has sprung a leak (flooding one of the few rooms that wasn't flooded by the water heater), and a relay switch gave out on our well pump, resulting in no water in the house at all.

Yeah, water problems suck.

Anonymous said...

Water problems do suck. I feel your pain. We had leaking from our upstairs master bathroom shower and second bathroom toilet going through the ceiling to our first floor. Since it happened only two years after we built the house, we had about a year of hounding the builder before they came out and fixed it. It was resolved this summer, just before we'd been in the house for 4 years.

Good luck. I hope a solution comes up quickly and inexpensively for you.


Anonymous said...

And as cheesy as that movie was, I still love it. I may have to watch that again sometime soon.