We have a water problem . . . er, water problems, I should say. Back when Mac n’ Cheese Manor was first built (1790), sealed windows, insulation, and proper venting simply weren’t a thing. And, while many updates have been made over the course of the 230 or so years she’s been here, many others have not.
Our unfinished basement leaks badly enough that where there’s a window under the pantry, there are plants growing.
We (read “Carl”) tried to replace the pipes under the sink in the bathroom and found that no matter how hard he pulled or twisted, the pipe going into the wall (which should pull off without difficulty) will not budge and we’re going to have to cut into the dry wall to see why.
There are no fans in the bathrooms and we found mold in the bathroom closet (Please note, if you find mold in your home, DO NOT read ANY blogs about mold in houses! Go straight to the CDC website where there is excellent, science-based information on what to do rather than worst case, nightmare stories.). This means we are going to have to cut a hole through the house to install fans. I admit I’m kind of excited to cut a hole in the house since I’ve never done that before and I wonder what it looks like.
There are no vents in the roof. This will definitely require a professional to fix.
Before the new roof was put on (fairly recently, though I can’t remember the year), there were numerous leaks that were bad enough and went on long enough that you can still see water stains in the ceilings of the bathrooms and kitchen and the wall under the stairs. Not to mention a huge crack in the ceiling of the kitchen that sags a bit.
And so we are continuing to compile what we lovingly and only somewhat jokingly call our “Twenty Year List.” : )
Luckily, my husband is rather handy (give that man a YouTube video and he can do anything!!) and has taken care of all the leaky faucets, fixed our kitchen sink so the water doesn’t spray everywhere every time you turn it on, removed the extremely gross sink from the laundry room/pantry, and replaced the PVC to the outside faucet so we can fill our doggie/kiddie pool (and properly bathe our stinky dogs)!
Goals for this week include cleaning out the second, downstairs bedroom, continue going through our clothes and putting the fall/winter things away, and making as much progress on the pantry and furniture I am (still) trying to finish sanding/painting as possible. It’s gonna be a busy week! : )