Friday, November 2, 2012

Water, inside and out



It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about how dry the garden was, and already we're getting tired of the rain. Drizzles, deluges, steady soaking downpours. But compared with everyone in Sandy's path it's nothing, so maybe I will merely say it has been raining every day. We're a little soggy, the chickens are a little muddy, but the garden is happy. That's the outside part of this post.



Which leaves the inside part. That story began on Tuesday evening when I came home and realized there was water dripping from a light fixture in the family room. Within minutes a long line of damp began to materialize along a seam in the drywall ceiling.

We turned off the water to the house, turned off the power to the family room, moved anything in danger of being dripped on to safer locations, and then began to search for the cause of the leak. Three days later, we still have no idea.

The insurance adjuster has come, the restoration company appraiser has come, the ceiling has been opened, water has been run and pipes inspected, and we are still clueless. So we're going to live with holes in the ceiling over the weekend, using water in the house as we normally would, and (strangely) hope for another leak to tell us what the problem is.



In other words, first there was water, then too much water, then no water, then water, and now we're hoping for too much water again.

It was interesting living without water for a couple of days. That's overstating it, because we could still get water from a tap at the pump house. We used our big emergency water supply jugs and a wheelbarrow to schlep enough water into the house to let us flush an occasional toilet, wash our hands and faces, and perform basic cooking in the kitchen. So it was an emergency preparedness test-run-with-training-wheels kind of experience, but even so, it was enough to convince me that we need to increase the volume we put aside for real emergencies.

It's also interesting living in a construction zone again. It made me think of my wise friend Jean, who, when I was crowing about painting The Last Wall, commented "The thing about painting is that you aren't EVER finished!


Oh, Jean, I wish I had paid more attention.

7 comments:

Alison said...

Seems like the house always gets the last laugh...

Doc said...

We have lived at Menagerie Manor for 38 years and we still are not done painting ;o(

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Having just gone without power for 3+ days, I can tell you that you'll never be able to store enough water, but it does help to be able to drive and get it, at least it did for us! :-) But I hope you find your leak and enjoy your weekend!

Shim Farm said...

I love a good home mystery! Is there plumbing upstairs? Or is the roof leaking? The water had to come from somewhere LOL!?!

That aside, this sort of thing is truly frustrating! Just when you thought you were done...

Like the saying goes, it's always something. Hope you get the problem solved, soon.

Paula said...

What a complete and total bummer.

I hope you find the cause soon and that it's a an easy and inexpensive fix!

jeanives said...

With the amount of rain we've had I'm betting on the roof, sorry to say, especially if you have cedar shakes 'cuz they would have been mighty dried and shrunken when the deluge kicked in.

kara said...

Oh no! My old apartment in San Francisco sprung a leak in the garage ceiling one day... at first no one believed me, and then eventually we figured out it was coming from the downstairs neighbor's second bathroom. Plumbers couldn't find any leaks, and eventually the solution was just to stop using that shower! Hope yours is a more convenient fix, and that the mystery is solved! :(

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