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Small home repair, which will lead to much bigger one

April 21st, 2021 at 02:03 am

I was just reading another blog post about homes being money pits. I completely agree.

On Saturday, I was cleaning the drain in our bathroom sink, something I've done dozens of times. This time, when I was done and stepped away, I saw a stream of water coming from the drain pipe. A closer look revealed a small hole in the pipe. I grabbed a bucket and sopped up the water with a towel and put a call into our handyman. He said he could come on Monday.

He did come and fixed it, but his fix is less than perfect. There is now a very tiny bit of water leaking at the end of the pipe that he installed. There also seems to be a tiny bit coming from the cold water shutoff valve. The pipes are all quite old so I'm not surprised.

Bottom line is we're really going to need to have a plumber come out and replace everything going to and from that sink. Of course, when they built houses years ago they often didn't install shutoff valves or even access panels. Replacing the plumbing will mean cutting through the closet wall to access the pipes leading to the bathroom, turning off the water to the whole house, installing shutoff valves, then doing the actual plumbing work in the bathroom. I have no idea what that will all cost but I'm sure it won't be cheap. Yay.

6 Responses to “Small home repair, which will lead to much bigger one”

  1. Carol Says:

    We used to have such corrosive water that we had to watch for little leaks all the time. My sympathy. Have them put in the lever type shut offs so that you can, in fact, shut them if you need to!

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    My sympathies. I have been there with home repair expenses. I guess this is why we have emergency funds, huh?

    Can you not shut off the water where your meter is?

  3. disneysteve Says:

    "Can you not shut off the water where your meter is? "

    Yes, we can turn off the water to the whole house. There just aren't shut off valves to the bathroom specifically.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Oh we have the same problem. Luckily we have at least a shut off to the house now that is simple! 1966 and this is a new house to us. Our old 1880s I shudder at all the maintanence we didn't do on that house and should have done. We barely got out of it alive. I have to say the 1966 is beautiful and well made with lumbar. I can feel the structure being super strong. But it does have a few quirks.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Bummer! I'm sure once you have the plumber out, you'll have them install a shut off valve while they do the other work. Sorry you have to deal with this.

  6. terri77 Says:

    I have leaks in all 3 of my bathroom sinks. Not the pipes, the actual sinks. Another to do item on my list! I wish I could just have someone handle all of this stuff for me.

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