Ugly Money

All over the blog-o-sphere, including The House on Penny Lane, the consensus is that pretty money is the best kind of money. Whether it is spent on paint, furniture, or landscaping, pretty money is fun to spend. Ugly money… not so fun. But sometimes, spending ugly money is necessary.

With the slab leak, we’re having to spend a lot of ugly money. It’s so ugly, you won’t even see it.

Last month, a water supply line in our concrete slab broke and leaked for 2 weeks. When we finally realized we had a slab leak, our floor ducts, which had numerous compromised joints, began filling with sand, and more noticeably, water. Instead of tearing up the floors and jack hammering the slab to find the leak, the plumbers re-routed the lines through the attic.

The leak was fixed, but our plumbing was exposed to the untempered air in the attic. So we took the initiative and called out some insulation guys. We had fresh insulation blown in and batts laid over our new plumbing lines.

Next up, our ducts. Once the leak was fixed, the water receded from the ducts, but the sand stuck around. We would occasionally see sand on the floor (and the furniture and the counters and any other horizontal surface within 5 feet) around the floor vent. We could also smell sand when the heater kicked on. We thought all the ducts needed was a good, old fashioned cleaning. Too bad there wasn’t enough sand for us to bury our heads. We had our ducts scoped and were told they were in such bad shape that cleaning would only damage them more. We needed to seal those suckers blowers.

And that’s not cheap. It includes removing the furnace coil, hand patching the larger gaps, sealing the entire system, and replacing the furnace coil. In the end we will have sparkling, white ducts. Really.

Now it’s time to look on the bright side. Even though you’ll never see the ugly money, we likely will. New insulation in our attic should help keep warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer. Repairing the ducts should also repair any air leaks we never knew we had. And maybe, just maybe, that means Rob’s office could be temperature controlled. How novel. Best of all, we could see our utility bills drop and we could get a tax refund on the work.

Ugly Money Polaroid

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3 Comments to “Ugly Money”

  1. Looking on the bright side! Proud of you!

  2. I love that concept of pretty and ugly money — I’ve never thought about it that way before, but it’s so true. My stomach cringed just reading about all that happened to you, I think I would have crawled into a hole and given up. I’m terrible at all the “real” house stuff, like a child – I just want to play with pretty fabrics and pillows and call it a day. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing — with our next house emergency, I’m going to be in touch so you can shake me and tell me to get a grip!

  3. oh! I got so caught up in the story, I forgot to say — LOVE the polaroid! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It turned out really well!

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