June 20, 2006

Is this home ownership?

We are getting an early and hard look into the difficulties of being a homeowner. Two days before we were scheduled to move in, the previous owner called. “There’s a problem with your water line in the front yard.” (He’s currently working on a house two doors down from ours, so he’d been around, keeping an eye on things.)

We found our front yard had turned into the Old Faithful geiser, shooting water in the air, with no water actually making it up into the house.

SB and a friend dug down to the pipe and found a hole the size of a dime in the corroding steel. But we’d already rented the truck…so we decided to move regardless.

The past two days have been a blur of hard labor. Never again am I going to move all on my own like this. It was awful. I feel like the exhaustion will never go away. And we aren’t even done. The truck went back today but we still have many more boxes to go.

In the meantime, it was the weekend and nothing happened with the water. Which meant no mopping the floors, no flushing the toilet, no washing hands.

Last night, with still no plumber in sight, SB bought and installed a pipe patch kit. It looked lovely, but no sooner had the patch started working, than another gushing leak appeared.

Defeated, we went back to our apartment to take showers and use the toilet. We did sleep in our new house but it was more like rustic living than city dwelling.

Today the plumbers came and the bids were made. It comes down to whether we want to pay top dollar for a fancy plumbing company or bargain basement for a one man show, with the third company coming in just under the top dogs. The fancy place is three times the price. Do you get three times the quality?

Tomorrow SB is taking the day off to dig a trench in our front yard, fifty feet long and 18 inches deep. (Good thing there isn’t a lot of nice landscaping out there.) Hopefully by Thursday mid-day we will have water inside our house.


  1. oh my.

    good luck. i guess that is all i can say, knowing nothing about houses and waterlines. i’ll be thinking about you.

    Comment by lnet — June 26, 2006 @ 11:35 am

  2. Eeek! I think you are official an adult now. Sorry!


    Comment by ms. robin — June 26, 2006 @ 11:48 am

  3. Oh no, I’m sorry about all this. On a positive note: at least the water hasn’t flooded the house. As for the plumbers, the most expensive don’t always mean the best; have you checked the BBB on all 3 bids? Were these all referrals from people you know? Good luck, we’ll be wishing the best for you too.

    Comment by Rosie — June 26, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

  4. What is BBB?

    The problem with moving to a new city is that you don’t know very many people from which to get referrals. So the three choices came from our realtor, our work bulletin board and our new neighbor.

    And I thought finding a new mechanic was going to be challenging!

    Comment by Marijka — June 26, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

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