MasterMario last edited by MasterMario
Removed all the wet drywall and pulled up some flooring to see if it was wet underneath. Fortunately most of the drywall was dry only 3" from the floor so I will probably be able to leave those unfinished since the baseboards will cover them. And there was no sign of moisture under the vinyl flooring so I think I'm good there too.
And yes, this is the bathroom I've been remodeling that was close to being done.
If I could slap whoever installed the septic tank and used a cast iron pipe I would. Also kicking myself that I didn't insist they come back with a camera after it happened a second time.
RallyDarkstrike last edited by
@mastermario Maybe I missed this - did you find out what was causing it? Glad it's not worse!
My mother’s hot water heater started leaking heavily. Took two men most of a day to pull it and reinstall a new one (cramped closet, terrible plumbing done previously had to be completely redone, etc, etc.)
The new one started leaking the next day. And it’s been out of stock since, so she’s had a constant water leak for about 3 weeks now.
kiltedpadre last edited by
@just-jeepin If she’s on a municipal water service have her call and let them know. Quite a few of them will give you a discount on the next water bill for a leak you know about but aren’t able to have fixed immediately.
@kiltedpadre Good to know, thanks, will pass that along.
@rallydarkstrike I had updated the original post, but it is a disintegrating section of cast iron pipe. Apparently whoever installed the septic connected it to the rest of the system with cast iron instead of PVC. Thankfully the pipe is fully outside the house so no interior demolition is needed to access it.
@just-jeepin That's no good. Is there a catch pan at least under it?
@mastermario The old one is, but it turns out it’s so rusty the water’s just falling through it.
Luckily (or maybe they built it this way explicitly, but given how little thought they put into a lot of other aspects, I’m skeptical) the closet is sloped enough that water flows straight out the doorway into the adjacent closet space, so it’s easy to prevent more damage with towels.
A new tray is going to go under the new heater.
BicycleBuck last edited by
I have suggestions for you! The recommendation for any flooding (whether natural or domestic) is to pull out 4' of drywall. That helps uncover any damage due to wicking and it makes installing new drywall easier since they come in 4x8' sheets. Even if you elect to not do this on interior walls, it's highly recommended for exterior and insulated walls. Moisture can lead to mold, so get a moisture meter. Also, treat everything that got wet with a fungicide. Don't put anything back together until the moisture level in the studs is below 15%. Running your a/c will help dry things out more quickly. Some people try to air out the house, but the a/c will dry things out faster. Don't get in a rush to get everything put back together. There's more in the
@bicyclebuck the drywall was dry to the touch where I stopped cutting. I plan on leaving it open with fans running for a few days at least. No exterior walls were impacted confirmed with a moisture meter. I'll plan on picking up some fungicide too for good measure.
RallyDarkstrike last edited by
@mastermario Oh, good....well....not good, but it could've been a LOT worse!
@rallydarkstrike yea, could have been much much worse. If it had been under our slab I can only imagine how much more it would cost.