One step forward, two back

Regular readers will recall me posting about the recent renovations on the house. New windows, new guttering, some decoration in a bedroom and hallways, and nice new carpeting.

On Sunday, we noticed that part of the new carpet was soaking wet, just outside the door that leads to the water tank. There appeared to be nothing obvious, but the carpet was well and truly soaked. There was no odour or colour, so was unlikely to have been Ollie having an ‘accident’. (He never does anyway) That also confirmed that it wasn’t a leaking container of shampoo or other fluids stored on a shelf in that cupboard. Around the same time, the hot tap in the bathroom sink began to drip after being turned off.

Time to call the plumber.

I rang our regular man yesterday, and he arrived as promised this morning. A quick glance inside the cupboard, and he spotted the problem. The power shower pump unit was leaking. Just a small drip, but he told me that when the shower is being operated, the water would escape under pressure, hence the wet carpet around the doorway. Given the age and cheap quality of the old unit, he advised complete replacement. He also suggested moving it to the other side, where it can be properly secured to reduce vibration.

Then he checked the lever-operated tap, and declared that it was scaled up, so would need replacing. That means a pair of course, as you can’t buy just one tap. He explained that the hard water in this area will damage anything; from simple taps, to shower pumps and washing machines. He suggested we use him to install a water-softening device. Not one of the incredibly expensive ones that use salt, but an economy model that is recharged just once a year, with special ‘balls’.

I have used this plumber for years now. I know him and his family well, and he lives within walking distance of the house. I have recommended him to neighbours, and they have all been pleased with his reliability, and completed work. So, I trust him.

I will be telling him to go ahead with all of it. New pump, new taps, water softener, whatever is necessary. No point in taking half-measures, or cheap shortcuts.

But it is the old story. Just when I thought I was getting on top of this house, something else pops up to slap me around the face.

The joys of home ownership.

49 thoughts on “One step forward, two back

  1. Plumbing problems are the worst, Pete. And they always seem to come at the worst possible time. Glad you have someone you trust to do the work. We do not have that confidence here.

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  2. I complain as much as the next homeowner. Then I like to remind myself, at least you have a someplace to call home. Your plumber sounds marvelous? Does he make house calls across the pond? Isn’t it great to have someone you can trust?

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    1. In a village like Beetley, local tradesmen have nowhere to ‘hide’. This usually means that they provide excellent service, at a fair price. (But not all of them) He did go to Las Vegas last year, Pete, but that is probably a long way from where you live. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.


  3. I feel for you, Pete. Our house is old so it always needs something fixing. At least having a good tradespeople you can rely on is a big help. The plumber who was going to fix a leak behind a washbasin three months ago seems to have vanished into thin air. I’m not going to wait any longer and one of tomorrow’s jobs is to find someone else.

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    1. Around here, we mostly go on recommendations. If someone is having a job done, I ask them if the person was any good. We found a good electrician that way, and the decorator. The plumber is a dog-walking companion, his family have a huge Rhodesian Ridgeback.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  4. Just had to replace my shower as I was finding it difficult to turn it on and off, so old they no longer make replacement parts, so a new one it was. Needs must and all that. But May has been an expensive month as the car needed new rear brake pads and a calliper (it was seized) plus service and MOT and then a fortnight later the alternator stopped working! Hey ho… retirement savings rapidly depleting!

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    1. Yes, we blew our ‘summer budget’ on windows, carpets, and painting. And I still have to have my car taxed, serviced, and MOT tested later.
      I should have expected something else to happen! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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              1. I have looked at those cars, seem to be quite good. Not sure how I’d feel with a small engine though after my 1.9 diesel. Still I don’t have to commute to work now or do much motorway driving so it would probably be fine.

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                1. I changed my big Rav 4 1.8 for a fiat 500 1.2 ยฃ30 a year tax ๐Ÿ˜Š as I don’t have far to get to work any more, and I absolutely love it, zips along, fab round corners and cheap to run, as well as just being a fun car.

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  5. Would you believe it, I have one sitting in a box, second hand, that I got as a job lot at an auction. Grundfos (I think) so a top brand. I can dust it off and send it over if you like, its no good to me, the plumbing system over here is a little different.

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