So, how’s your week going? Are you having a good one? I’m not. Life in the Ann’s Entitled Life house is never dull though!
Remember I mentioned we had water in our basement at some point when we were down in Florida? Well Hubby has spent the past two weeks shoveling out the basement, tossing trash, cardboard and anything that may have been in water. One bagster was already hauled away, and a second is nearly full enough to go. The poor recycling guys have taken away 10 blue bags plus two giant containers of cardboard, and there is more to go. Hubby kept nothing cardboard, everything went into plastic totes. I will say that the basement hasn’t looked this clean since the day we moved in! He’s done a wonderful job of tossing, cleaning and disinfecting.
He decided to take down a section of wall to determine if the water came in through there. When it has really rained in the past, we’ve occasionally gotten seepage at one of the corners of the house. We thought it might have been a downspout issue, even though I know I’ve had the plumbers clean the drain tile regularly.
After taking down the wall, we couldn’t see anything obvious. It was clear water had at some point leaked in, but it wasn’t wet (it had poured here the 2 days prior) and there were no cracks. Stumped, we decided to call the plumbers back.
The plumbers were here all day yesterday trying to figure out our problems. Seems like there isn’t any one thing. They did discover an issue with our sewage pipe, and were shocked we didn’t have raw sewage backing up into the house.
They are due back out here today to stuff the camera down the sewer pipe – assuming they can get it clear of the mud that keeps falling into it. They know there is an issue, they just want to find out exactly how much work is necessary when they dig down 8 feet into our front lawn.
I have already called the landscapers. They were due for a spring clean-up, but not only will one side of the front be torn up, we need to remove between 3-6″ of dirt from the gardens on each side of the house to bring the front gardens below the sill plate. This is in addition to the 12″ of dirt that was removed 8 years ago when I had the whole joint re-landscaped.
I have a call into the irrigation guy, and will have to put the front lighting on hold until this mess is finished.
Besides that, the banister for our staircase still isn’t installed. Yesterday he tried every which way to get the railing to install, and it was a no-go. He has to order a new piece of wood for the handrail, and fabricate it in the house. I felt so bad for the man! He was definitely more upset than I was! I just looked at him and said, “What are you gonna do? You aren’t the worst news we had today.”
The good news in all this is we haven’t had raw sewage in our basement, so that was caught on time. I have a much better idea what I want for the front landscaping than I did 8 years ago, so that is a plus. Another positive is we hadn’t installed the front lighting yet, so that doesn’t have to be yanked out.
Now I just hope we can save the boxwoods. Those took 8 years to finally grow together as one unit and frame the front porch. The plumbers also know that with the colored concrete, it is imperative they only dig up the lawn and gardens. The plants and grass are easy to replace, matching the colored concrete to the fade-color would be impossible.
As a real upside, looks like I’ll have some interesting How Does Your Garden Grow posts this year.
Sooooooo are you having a good week?