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When it Rains(or leaks)...

July 24th, 2015 at 09:43 am

Well, I was coasting along, looking decent for the next couple of months. Then I get my water bill. $130. WOW. It has always been above $70 but that is crazy. So I called a plumber to come see where the obvious leak is. $235 later it is not good news. There is an addition on this house. And apparently when they put the slab down for the addition, they put it over the water line. And there was no cut off switch at the house. So the plumber was able to locate where the water comes into the house and install a cut off valve. He was then able to cut water off at the house and determine that the water leak is between the house and the meter. That was the easy part. Since the line is under the slab, it would involve digging up the concrete(It is an unfinished room) and then finding the line. The plumber suggested that instead of going through all that to just bypass the current line and put in a new one. He will still have to drill a hole in the concrete, but it won't have to be pulled up. But we are looking at 2k to have the work done. He said it could come in less but he wanted to give me worse case scenario. The only way I can pay for this to take out a loan. I hate to take out another loan especially as strapped as I am but I really have no other choice. But apparently my water bill should go down to around $30 a month. So I can take what I was paying in water and put it toward the loan.

8 Responses to “When it Rains(or leaks)...”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Oh dear, well, there's nothing you can do about a leak that has to be fixed. It sounds like the plumber came up with a good solution, costly though it is.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I sure hope it is far less than the $2K, but I think you are right to have this taken care of, otherwise it really is money down the drain!

  3. scottish girl Says:

    Hope it's less than 2k.

  4. snafu Says:

    Happy to see you back. Sorry you've a new problem to cope with. Sure hope it's a quick, easy and less expensive fix. I'm guessing DD is starting to get organized for college. I'm hoping her dad will help out with expenses as costs easily spiral. One of my friends uses Skype to talk to her daughter at college every single day. They have sort of a dinner 'date' to go over the happening of the day and toss around ideas. I would have liked an excuse to talk to DSs more often when they were in university. I still struggle with empty nest syndrome...

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That doesn't sound fun at all, but you definitely have to get the leak taken care of!

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    That really does sound awful. That's always the way it goes with houses. A big chunk of money for something you HAVE to do but can't really enjoy. But, on the bright side, his option is much much less expensive than digging up the concrete. You'd also have to pay a bunch to repair/replace the concrete.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    So if y our water bill is normally in the $70 range, why would putting in a new line bring it down to about $30?

  8. North Georgia Gal Says:

    Patient...I am being told that my water bill should never have been over $30-$40 a month and that I have had this leak for a very long time(Since I moved in actually).

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