When we turned the water back on shortly on Thursday night to confirm the location of the leak, we discovered it was actually a different joint further down in the pipe. Not as easy a fix, but still a clean water line, so that was exciting and MUCH less gross than it could have been! Mike got started working on the pipe, cutting it to get the rest of the water out to be able to get it hot enough to work with on Friday night. Notice how wet the couple of remaining pieces of lath close to the pipes are. The leak is in that elbow. It had soaked the lath/plaster below it until it was wet enough to run down the 1x2 holding up the drywall (which ran along the joist above Mike's head) and into the wall above the door about 5 feet away, puddling in the plaster on the wall behind our pretty yellow paint.
So we went to town tearing down the drywall, plaster and lath. However, we ran out of trash can space on Thursday night, so we had to pause demo and work on the massive amount of clean up needed to have 6 people staying in the house Saturday night.
Friday night the pipe got fixed, so both bathrooms are fully functioning to get ready for the wedding and to have the dining room back in working order (minus being pretty)! Next week we'll continue demo and start running the new electrical next week after garbage pickup on Monday. Here's the current dining room minus cleaning:
- I worked late Monday so I was home to catch most of the water before it got to the floor/electronics despite usually working Wed afternoons. And even if it had, we don't have any carpet to be ruin!
- It happened long enough before our company is coming that we should still have time to get both bathrooms up and running in time - the dining room just won't be as pretty. Not to mention it happened after our respite placement last week and before Baby Girl comes in June! No kiddos makes this much less stressful.
- We have separate shut offs for the two bathrooms, so one still fully functions, meaning we can do all this work without worrying about where to shower when we finish late and crazy dirty.
- Adding more lights in the dark dining room will come much sooner!
- I've had a very tame pregnancy, so I can be just as helpful now as I would have been "pre-pregnant" AND we have friends already offering to help when we reach the stage where I can't really help anymore - I'm just not burly enough to help drywall a ceiling ;)
- I have a handy husband and a dad on call for questions about what to do when this kind of stuff happens! Plus this means we had all of the tools on hand that we needed for the first few days of demo including respirator masks, etc for when we found the mold.