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it rained inside my house

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And, the hidden costs of owning a house have reared their ugly heads.

At the front of my house is a bay window with its own little roof. It rained quite heavily today, and the carpet under the bay is wet, there’s also a reasonable likelihood that part of the ceiling is going to come down (it’s separate to the rest of the ceiling and about a foot lower).

I do have an emergency fund, but what I don’t currently have is time to get it fixed. I’m starting my new job next week, so I’m ridiculously busy this week handing over stuff, and I can’t exactly plan to take any time off next week to organise a whoever to come over - I also have no idea what trade is required to fix this problem.

For now, I guess I’m just going to have to hope it doesn’t rain any further and cause an even bigger problem. I’m not sure what else I can do in the short term.

lessons to learn?

Although you can see that there’s been water damage to that part of the ceiling before, for some reason I think I read in the survey I had done that it was no longer an issue. Still stuff like this is one a fairly long laundry list of things that need to be fixed - this is what happens when you buy a 100 year old house. If it wasn’t this, it would probably be something else. So far, I’ve had a door replaced but I also need to get the ivy removed, replace some windows, insulate the loft further, replace another door, remove two gas fires, fix the damp in the bathroom and replace the bathroom suite. That’s without the list of things that I’d just plain like to do.

Owning a house costs money. More than you’d think.

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13 comments for “it rained inside my house”

  1. Sounds like a handyman special if you’re talking about roofing, finishes and trim. Find a good one though ….

    A few weeks after we bought this house the washing machine went on fire, set my basement alight and I had the fire brigade out :)

    Buying a new washer was a bear but dragging my laundry to my office until I bought it was worse.

    Posted by guinness416 | April 28, 2009, 2:22 am
  2. We had exactly the same thing happen to our lovely bay window. Turned out the drainage hole in the flat part was filled with leaves. We emptied it out and the problem was solved (well once the ceiling dried out). Now we check it every month to prevent a re-occurrence.

    Posted by Kat | April 28, 2009, 5:59 am
  3. That sucks. Sorry to hear that.

    Posted by Shadox | April 28, 2009, 6:26 am
  4. I had a quick look this morning, and I think a bit of the flashing (metal linking the roof to the wall at the top) has come away. That sounds like a reasonably easy thing to have fixed.

    I guess I’ll ask around in the office to see if anyone knows someone.

    Posted by plonkee | April 28, 2009, 8:19 am
  5. Sucky! But one helluva good title for a post today - so at least you have that going for ya ;)

    Posted by J. Money | April 28, 2009, 6:20 pm
  6. I totally agree with you. As a homeowner there is always something that needs doing. Hopefully it wll be sunny for the next few days the forecast is looking up :)

    Posted by Sell House Fast | April 29, 2009, 11:22 am
  7. It rained in my house in exactly the same way- we had a window person come in for an estimate… he came after normal office hours, if that’s helpful, you may be able to schedule someone to take a look for you after work. So flashing and window seals were the culprit for us- and my insurance-claims-adjustor sister in law came to have a peek too, and noticed a gap in the mortar in the brickwork over the window, so maybe whoever you get in could take a look for mystery gaps, too. Good luck! the house really is a money pit. I think I had focused so much on the property/equity part of home ownership that I forgot about everything falling apart and me having to fix it by myself. Or at least pay for it. :P

    Posted by Jen | April 29, 2009, 11:31 am
  8. Eek! Sorry to hear that. At least the weather isn’t too savage at the moment. Small mercies I know!

    Posted by Monevator | May 2, 2009, 11:54 am
  9. Oh dear. That’s a headache. If the previous owner had the roofing fixed by a contractor, there might be a warranty on the work. Any way to track down the seller and ask who did the work?

    Is there a gutter on the roof above the bay window’s own little roof? It might be wise to redirect runoff so what pours off the main roof doesn’t erode the bay window’s roof. This shouldn’t cost much–if you’re clever or you know someone who is, it’s a weekend handyperson job.

    Posted by Funny about Money | May 2, 2009, 3:38 pm
  10. Is the roof flat over the window? If so, good luck, a flat roof always leaks.

    Posted by Hogan | May 4, 2009, 3:10 am
  11. The only positive is that you can find people to do the work for cheap right now, and you might as well do it while it’s cheap. You’ll need to replace it in the future regardless.

    Posted by CD Rates Guy | May 28, 2009, 12:01 am

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