Friday, January 18, 2013

When It Rains....It Pours

....literally at my house.

We've had rain for almost a week. It didn't take long for me to come up with a title for this post.

Our house is old. Tommy inherited it from his parents. That sounds great since it means "no house payment"... but it comes with its own setbacks, I promise. One of those setbacks is the roof. It had some issues going on when Tommy's daddy died a good many years ago now. A widowed lady has a hard time with house repairs, so I'm understanding about this. His mother got remarried....or so she said (evidence has not been discovered yet) and the man she was with talked her into putting a metal roof over it. She did, and she hired someone that would have made a better bartender than a roofer. The roof was put on, but it did not extend down far enough to lap over the edges of the roof. When it rains, the water hits the rain gutters and splashes back (especially since the gutters tend to collect leaves like crazy) and is wicked up into the roofing materials there. That's where the insulation picks it up and draws it into the ceiling. The ceiling is not made of very thick substances either, so as the insulation gets heavy with water, it puts pressure on this plastic lining thing that sits just above the wood portion of the ceiling. More water means more weight, means more pressure, means weakened wood,.....means my bed got wet the other night. Thank goodness I was up late that night or it would have leaked over my face!

The night the leak started, Tommy and I slept in the living room while a bucket inhabited my spot on the bed. The next morning, the bucket was about an inch deep in water. Could have been worse. We turned fans on it trying to dry it out and continued to sleep on the sofa. I've been on the sofa for 3 nights now. Tommy opted to sleep with the bucket.

This morning, I got up and went to work. About the time I was arriving at the shop, the water was arriving in my bed - again. That's right,... the weight of the water got to be too much and a huge section of ceiling came down.

What does this mean? It means that tomorrow, Mesa comes over to help me rearrange HEAVY bedroom furniture and then we rip out that section of ceiling, replace insulation and patch that section of ceiling back up.

Catherine,....your cosmic thumb has struck again.