So this week I will be bringing updates for each of the little things we've done over the previous week. I warn you, it's gone from "oh we ripped up MDF for 12 hours" to "we insulated, drywalled, taped, assembled and hung cabinets".
So as I said. Hold onto your butts, it's about to get serious up in here!
When we bought the house, we knew that there was some water getting into the basement. There were three suspects in the matter:
1) The foundation was leaking
2) The kitchen sink pipe was leaking
3) The gutters were so full that water was running into the basement instead of down the downspout
And the winner is................
The kitchen sink! The Hubbs was in the basement doing something when I was running water in the old sink, and he could hear it running out in the basement. So he ripped open the walls and found this:
|That looks nice and solid|
Yes, that is a hole in the pipe that rusted out. That's gotta go. But we weren't in a hurry. We have a bathtub to wash dishes!
Now that we are further in the reno, we decided it was time. Time to fix the pipes. Since we forced the seller to give us a home warranty, I just popped online and reported a plumbing problem. Two days later we had a plumber out and got the follow news;
1) The whole pipe is corrugated steel and likely is rusted shut (think of arteries and cholesterol)
|Guess how AWESOME the basement smelled. Just guess!|
2) Whoever did the last fix, likely because the pipe is rusted shut, didn't tie the PVC into the air vent, meaning not only do we have a 2 inch pipe closed to .5 inches, we there's no suction to help.
3) The PVC portion of the pipe isn't on a downward slope and is full of water and old food stuff. Um, delicious?
4) All of the steel piping has to come out for a proper fix.
Luckily, our plumber is awesome and got all but $120 covered by the warranty. Thanks John! So on Friday he was out replacing all the pipes and running lines so that our kitchen sink would drain like a dream.
So we went from this:
|See the multiple pipes and danglies?|
|Down to one pipe|
|And no danglies!|
Now that water is going to FLY through those pipes. Step one DONE.