More about my kitchen


Anyone want to guess what these rusty things are?

These are the “pipes” that have plagued me for nine years. No wonder they wouldn’t carry water away from the house! They are completely rusted out and missing their undersides!

The new pipes went down Tuesday afternoon. So, guess what I did with my Wednesday? I spent the day putting our new pipes to the test. I ran the dishwasher and the washing machine and told Benjamin to take a shower all at the same time. No flooding! It seems so trivial, but I can’t express how happy I am to be able to wash clothes in this house without stopping and starting the machine to prevent flooding the laundry room. It’s so nice to run my dishwasher without gallons of nasty water filling our sink.

Because of the giant hole and the lack of a floor, I haven’t been able to sweep or mop. They just put the concrete back in our foundation this morning. This is what our floor likes like today:

You know what this means, don’t you? No cooking and no washing dishes until tomorrow afternoon. No mopping until some time next week after they install the flooring. I don’t know if I can handle it. OH, WAIT! Yes, I can!

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11 thoughts on “More about my kitchen

  1. WOW!That is amazing…that you went so long with that problem and the extent of the problem…you could use this as some sort of parable for sin!Anyways, I’m with you…I always appreciate a good excuse to be off kitchen duty for a while =)

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  2. Oh, I guess I should clarify. We have had plumbers come out here about twice a year to unclog the pipes. We thought the pipes were just clogged and backing up because this is an older home. Then, one plumber told us about a year ago (maybe longer, but it’s hard to remember exactly) that he pulled back dirt and couldn’t move his “snake” any further through the pipes, which indicated a broken line. We needed to wait a little while because the repairs were expensive and we weren’t sure that our insurance would cover it. And one plumber told us that most insurance companies won’t cover repairs like this because the pipes are not technically part of the house…they’re under the house.So, we waited and discussed what we needed to do. Then, the kitchen floor started coming up. We had no idea what would make our tile start to pop up like it was doing unless there was something bad happening under the floor, i.e., the pipes have exploded under there. This happened about the same time that the shower problem happened last year. We knew our insurance would cover that, so we decided to file two claims and see if we couldn’t get everything repaired at once. Our adjuster agreed to cover both problems. It turns out that the reason our kitchen tile started popping up was because the previous owner never tore up the original linoleum before gluing down the ceramic tile.And, yes, this situation will preach, won’t it?

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  3. Any reason not to have to sweep and mop is a good reason! Enjoy your ‘break’ although I know there’s always still plenty to do!

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  4. Man! I think I would move to a hotel. Still, it’s been said that the best test of our faith is how we deal with adversity. I. AM. IN. TROUBLE. Glad it’s getting fixed!

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  5. Must be a great relief to have it fixed. Do you think you could send those guys to me house after they are done :o)

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  6. I know that excited feeling – to have it all back in place and repaired. Who thought giddiness could come from that! My man just fixed a leak from a bathroom pipe that only took 3 areas to tear up to find it (ceiling in the hallway) – but it’s all said and done and a bunch of dough stayed in the pocket. So, yes, I can understand to an extent how happy you are to have things work they way they should! And how awesome the insurance covered this! I want to see the final picture!

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  7. WOW! ALREADY? That is AMAZING. Never been my experience to have things move this fast. CONGRATULATIONS!

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  8. Maybe you’ll find SOMEthing to do with the time you would normally spend cooking, sweeping and mopping… 🙂

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  9. I’ve been wondering how your kitchen is going. Hope it is getting close to being done and you are enjoying a little break from cooking/mopping floors. 🙂

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