Pouring down the back of our house. That’s the punchline.
We bought this foreclosure with few stipulations…knowing full well that at some point there was water damage in the living room and the basement below from some faulty gutters. We had assumed that the issue had been taken care of in general because the bank had paid some folks to replace parts of the living room hardwoods. I mean, you don’t replace something that is only gonna get ruined again, right? Wrong.
The first big rain we had while being the new owners, there was water pouring down the back of the house. Buckets. It came in through our double doors and we ran around with towels and buckets and profanities. It was chaos. Apparently our gutters were pulling away from the house allowing the rain to spill over the edge and create a waterfall effect on the back wall of windows. I called it our free water feature. Jeremy called it something entirely different.
Of course, there were home remedies…this ramp system worked really well. Thank goodness I am a hoarder and have random old plywood around, eh Jer?!
We also sent my dad up the ladder to hammer the gutter back in place. Both Jeremy and I are afraid of heights…hence why we sent the dad. Yes, we get all squirmish and sweaty watching movies with heights. I practically got dehydrated watching Mission Impossible.
This went on for about a year and a half. Dad hammering gutter. Jer pulling out plywood.
So why put a bandaid on an amputated limb? Well, we figured that in order to fix our problem, we would probably need either new bigger gutters or we would have to pay big bucks to have our current ones resloped and reattached. We also figured the gutter folks would quote us thousand of dollars worth of fixes. So we were saving up.
Then Jeremy found a company that would come out and look at it for free. They shimmied up their ladders in two different places, knocked a few things around, attached a little bracket thing here and there, shimmied down and handed us a bill for $100. That was it.
Needless to say, we’ve had no leaks thus far (knock on dry wood) and we’ve tossed our rotten plywood.
So my question today is….what have you lived with (or lived without) because you thought it was gonna cost an arm and a leg to fix/replace and it ended up being totally affordable and you open-palm smacked your forehead when you finally did it?