Monday, March 9, 2015

The Curse of Old Plumbing

When it's been so long since you last blogged that you actually have to look at your own blog to see where you are in your line up, you might be overwhelmed.
I saw this picture on Pinterest and it completely sums up my life right now.

Not complaining at all I promise. It's a good thing, it's just a LOT!
About six weeks ago, while I was super busy with client work and had deadlines all over the place, my plumbing decided to back up. I thought it was just in the kitchen sink but that afternoon I realized that it was all over my laundry and mudroom.
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: I HATE CARPET! It's awful. Sorry if there are any carpet lovers out there. I agree that it can look pretty in some cases. It is so nasty though that I just can't get past what is in all those little fabric fibers and underneath the pad. One thing I will never understand is carpet in wet spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. This house was carpeted in ALL of those places. I've slowly been trying to get the carpet out but flooring is expensive! 

This is what the laundry/mudroom looked like when we moved in:

This is the disaster of the plumbing problem. Beware: gross pictures!!! Just be glad you couldn't smell it.

I had to rip out the section that the laundry machines were sitting on because they were the most saturated. But the floor is covered in old black mastic so I couldn't rip it all up or we wouldn't have anything good to walk on while waiting for the new flooring to arrive.

Why yes, that's a sheet of hardboard cut to fit the carpet cutout so that I could put the machines back in and actually have clean clothes for the children to wear to school. Feel free to insert your own red-neck joke. I think I came up with about 20 myself!

Finally having working laundry was an amazing feeling. Also, to have the smell gone was pretty fantastic. The new flooring was ordered and I cannot explain my joy when they called a week early and it was already in!

I cannot wait to show you guys this room! Stay tuned for the inspiration pictures and the finished product!

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