Just a follow-up to my post from last week about the water issues we’ve been having at several houses…
I thought the The WI-1 House was fixed, but then during the buyer’s inspection last week, the inspector saw water in the corner of the basement again. It turns out that my roofer only did half the job of fixing the downspout — he dug it out of the dirt, but he didn’t attach a gutter extension. So, the water was still flowing right into the foundation at the corner of the house. We have a gutter extension on there now, and I’m expecting this will solve the problem once and for all. Total cost about $10.
As for The Power House, our *AWESOME* plumber was able to replace the main line without having to go under the slab. He trenched around the side of the house, came in through a bedroom wall, went up through the bedroom closet to the attic and then came down to the water heater through a soffit in the kitchen. Not the optimal path, but it saved us a lot of money, and with a little bit of sheetrock work, nobody will even know the new plumbing line is there. Total cost about $1000.
Lastly, the water in the basement of the The WI-2 House turned out to be a combination of a downspout draining directly into the foundation and a small plumbing leak. The gutter was extended and the plumbing issue was planned to be addressed during the renovation anyway. So, hopefully this issue is solved once and for all. Total cost about $10.
If I were superstitious I wouldn’t say this, but 2013 is shaping up to be a year of lucky breaks for the business. Of all the things that could have gone wrong so far this year, we’ve managed to avoid any major issues with our properties.