It never rains…

Some time around 1am this morning there was a loud bang from downstairs when the kitchen ceiling got fed up trying to hold up a big pool of water, choosing to dump it, and several bits of the ceiling all over the kitchen below.

It seems that, after all the hassle and faffing with the cistern, there has been a leak in the bathroom. We did hear a couple of drips yesterday, but they had stopped (replaced, I presume, with a steady leak).

We mopped up, turned the water off and phoned the insurance company, they took our details and said they’d get someone to phone between 8am and 9am. Which, of course, didn’t happen. So I phoned them and was told someone would phone me soon, which they did (funny how that works) only to tell us that the guy in our area had phoned in sick, so it’ll be tomorrow before he can come out.

So we’ve got the heater on in the kitchen to dry it out as much as we can (it’s doing the job well) and just when I’d started to relax I heard a dripping noise. Yup, it looks like the flashing around the porch is leaking again, despite being replaced last year.

Frankly I’m of a mind to get all this fixed then sell this bloody place as it’s been nothing but hassle (I’d burn it down but it’s too damp). We did get this house very cheap because it needed work but this constant worrying about money is getting really really old.


  1. wee sis said:

    Typically mum and dad forgot to tell me about this so have jus been shocked reading it your blog! Are you ok? Jeeze must have given you guys a fright after getting in last night, hope tomorrow goes ok when the guy eventually turns up! BIG HUG!!!

    October 25, 2009
  2. Z said:

    What a shock. And what a complete pain.

    October 26, 2009
  3. lucy p said:

    SELL IT, but not via your blog, cos they’ll know how much trouble it is 🙂 !!!!

    I feel your pain… that happened to me once, in a flat i had just rented when i was very preggers…. I collected the keys, went to the loo, nipped out for a pint of milk and when I came back the whole bathroom ceiling was on the floor where I’d been five minutes before.

    October 26, 2009
  4. mike said:

    They probably won’t tell you this, but you can claim for the extra electricity needed to power the de-humidifiers (or “dementors”, as we came to call them).

    October 27, 2009
  5. Ian's Mum said:

    You will not be recommending those plumbers then? I was just gearing up to start bathroom renovations, I think I will now stick to the retro bathroom look!

    October 27, 2009
  6. Blue Witch said:

    But didn’t you have one of those very expensive firms to re-do your bathroom only a few months ago? The case for professional negligence springs to mind… Do you have legal cover on your household insurance?

    Do hope it’s sorted soon.

    October 27, 2009
  7. Peggy said:

    Your lovely kitchen! That’s a shame.

    I hope the big crash didn’t freak the cat out!

    October 27, 2009

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