Tuesday, February 10, 2009

When it rains... it pours...

Well that little 'soft spot' Rob found in his shower has now turned into the bane of our existence... (and for irony and levity I could have spelled that 'bain') - but we're past the point of levity...

So Rob devoted this last Sunday to 'fixing' the shower. Unfortunately he barely made a dent in Step 2 (that's w step 1 being 'Go to Home Depot and buy shit') -- when he pulled up the tile he found that ALL of the floor of the shower was covering what effectively had become liquified concrete... in fact I'm pretty sure it defies the laws of chemistry - what used to be concrete is now like really stinky wet beach... it's TERRIBLE... I will never be able to do this horror justice in virtual media - until they develop a USB powered smell machine...

SO we're starting to move out of paralysis. Rob's gotten a recommendation for a bathroom genie... does he come w a bottle and three wishes? We'll see...................

So for now - and for the first time since before we lived together, Rob and I are sharing a bathroom.

We've lucked out and had some awesome weather so at least we've been able to open windows and slightly dissipate the stench - which is in our master bathroom - which coincidentally of course is part of our master BR - the BR where we sleep every night :(

OH and yes you might be reacting like we did -

Why the hell wasn't this caught by the home inspection? And do we have any recourse? Unfortunately that's a 'who knows' and a 'no.' Home inspectors are smart w their 'if you take us to court and we're found liable, you'll only get the home inspection fee back' -- so really I don't think $300 is worth small claims court... my tune might change though when we get an estimate for fixing this disaster...

AND

What about home warranty coverage?! Ahh well - instead of being caused by something 'major' - ie fundamental issues w plumbing... since this was caused by something 'minor' - ie no maintenance/upkeep on 28yr old tile (would it kill them to do some grouting?!) it's not covered under home warranty...

Flippin brilliant! ugg

3 comments:

Richard said...

Kate, this is so funny. This is the first time I've laughed all day. Isn't that sad?

Anyway, home inspectors are basically worthless. I and a few other people I know went through the same type of problem you did only to not have it covered by the home warranty (which is also borderline useless).

I guess they're just a formality nowadays? I guess they look at the obvious stuff but judging by the checklist for my house, I could have pretty much done it. I want them to look out for the stuff that may not be obvious.

Kate McHugh said...

Yah I really liked our home inspector - and he came highly recommended - so I thought he was pretty good - crawled under the house, etc. - and appeared to do a thorough job elsewhere... I have a suspicion that I distracted him in our master BA - we were talking about the fact that his daughter wanted to go to UVA and just got rejected from there... eeps...

Nicole said...

I may have a guy for you to help - he is pretty cheap right now since work is so slow! He just redid my neighbors bathrooms - let me know if you need his name!

Wallpaper stories killed me - i just replaced all 3 toilets in my house - yes - all 3 and me... It made me feel better to know i wasn't the only one learning how a house is built step by step and realizing i would have been perfectly happy not knowing how to attach a wax seal and those funky screws - and omg is a toilet heavy!