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Plumbing Drama

March 5th, 2014 at 06:25 pm

Yesterday we got our water bill for the last quarter. DH almost fainted when he saw it, it was almost $100 more than the previous bill. It shouldn't be that much, we have never gone over the low rate limit. About 20-30% of it got charge on the high rate. It couldn't possibly because we used so much more this time around it had to be more sinister. Sure enough DH remember that he saw a puddle of water in the side of the house that we barely go to over a week ago. He dismissed it because he thought it was just rain water. Also about a month ago we noticed water running along the gutter which starts from just in front of our property, we noticed every time we drive out and see birds bathing in it when we were in a heatwave. We also dismissed it and thought it had to do with the water company/ local council digging in front of our property and all along our street and other neighbouring streets (there has been a lot of "maintenance work" around), it happened just after they did that, so we just assumed.

I was hoping it wasn't in our property but no luck. DH called the plumber we used to installed our hot water tank last night and luckily he was able to do it this morning. I like him, he has been the best plumber I've found, I've dealt with some not so good one in the past. Luckily the pin hole that was causing the leak was just outside the house, it would have been a nightmare if it was under the house. He had to replace part of the copper pipe. In the end it cost $290, what a relief I was bracing myself last night for around $1K+ cost.

After he finished I asked him he does roofing too our roofing in the garage needs capping, it was never done right by the previous owner that built it. He spent a bit of time measuring it and will call DH for a quote tomorrow. This has been in the to do list for years now it would be great to get it done.

3 Responses to “Plumbing Drama”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Wow! Lucky the fix was so reasonable!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good thing you caught it now! A number of years ago I lived in a place where I had to pay for the water. The first few months was less than $20, and then all of a sudden it was up to $40+! I wasn't using any more water than previously ... found out there was a leak. (Thankfully I was renting, so it didn't cost me anything to get the leak fixed.)

  3. Shiela Says:

    This is good reason to know your finances inside and out, in this case bills. I shudder at the thought of not realising it sooner. I know some that would not look at their bills at all and just pay it, especially those who have their bills in direct debit.

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