On the one hand, my office and bathroom are hazmat sites. On the other hand, I have a kickin’ new haircut.
Yup, that’s the plastic wall of the office hazmat site behind me.
The source of the water was discovered yesterday. Basically, with every shower, water was pouring into the floor underneath the tub from the seam between the tub and the tile above. We’d never noticed it before, but it must have been happening for quite some time, given that mold was growing in the baseboard (!) of the office wall below.
Downstairs, the drywall on that wall of the office has been torn down; the structure behind it is being dried and disinfected. Then new drywall will be installed.
Upstairs, the tub and all the tile is being torn out. The whole area will be dried out and disinfected. The floor will be replaced, as the wood is terribly rotten. In place of the tub, I’m going to install a walk-in shower. That was something I’d planned to do soon, and… well… no time like the present!
Also, in the course of checking for mold in the office, we discovered a leak in the foundation. That doesn’t surprise me: I suspected such a problem, but I’d just never done much about it. (Stupid, I know.) That happened on the southeast side of the house a few years ago, and we put in a trench and a sump pump to deal with future seeping. That’s worked well, so that’s the plan for this northwest side of the house now too.
The whole episode has been a small nightmare, but I’m working with a good company, and I expect that life Chez Hsieh will be back to normal sometime in early 2013.
I took some pictures of the damage from the water leaks today (Friday, 12/7), and I just uploaded them here. Enjoy!
We still don’t know whether insurance will cover the repairs, as I haven’t yet been able to talk to my adjustor. GRRRR.