Monday, January 24, 2011

Not all it's cracked up to be

When we bought this house, it was because it was in our price range and there was nothing that HAD to be done to make the house livable. We painted and changed a few things but nothing that was an absolute requirement. Then a few weeks ago, we started noticing water on the floor of the bathroom after our showers. The first few times it happened, my thought was "damn kid, didn't get the shower curtain closed" Then it happened when I took a shower. We knew the surround wasn't caulked well so I assumed, it was spraying up into the cracks and running underneath and out under the wall. RF checked it by running a tub of water, which ended in a puddle on the floor. Obviously, the tub was the issue so RF and his dad looked at it and found this:



In case you can't see the picture, that is a 5 INCH LONG CRACK in the bottom of my bathtub! You might be asking yourself, how did a crack become 5 inches long without our noticing? Because the people we bought the house from covered the crack with non slip grippy stars. The whole bottom part of the tub is covered with them and a few are overlapped so we didn't think anything of it. And it was fine, for a while. But 6 months worth of using the tub probably extended the crack and caused the stars to not be able to seal it anymore. We've patched it for a temporary fix but it is already starting to leak again so we will be replacing it shortly. Fortunately, for us, my mom was going to replace our kitchen counters for Christmas but hadn't done it yet. They didn't have to be done, I just didn't like the built in cutting board. So instead of getting pretty new counters, I'm getting a pretty new bathtub. We had talked about completely redoing the bathroom with a really nice blue and green scheme but I think that is more of a project than I want to get into at this point.

3 comments:

Looseyfur said...

Aaahhh, home ownership.

If it make you feel any better, apparently before Mousehunter Jim came to the house, a mouse crawled up into my RAV-4, found the food leftovers that was under X-man's car seat and burrowed a nice hole into the leather seat...

Nice, right? I've never seen Joel so -- pissed.

Lavender Lemonade said...

Sneaky stars. That sucks.

Quigs78 said...

That's just shady! I'm glad you found out where was coming from before any MAJOR damage was done.