Well it's Monday morning and I am sitting in the kitchen watching Bill the Plumber cutting a large hole in what used to be the ceiling, and I am actually happy about it. Good service and quality work seem to be hard to come by these days, but if you ever need plumbing, A/C, or heating service for your home or business I strongly recommend that you contact the good people at CoolAir Company, You can find them on the web at www.CoolAirCompany.com.
On Saturday morning when Elise and I were starting off our day, I noticed a small drip of water hovering above my head and when I reached up to touch it......my finger went right through the ceiling. Apparently the bathtub drain pipe in the upstairs bathroom was leaking ever so slightly, and after who knows how long, decided it was time to reveal itself by dripping through the textured kitchen ceiling that used to be there before I poked a hole though it. Unfortunately small leaks can sometimes mean big repairs. This is not good. I am less than handy around the house, at least when it comes to most plumbing and electricity, and even as an adult I am still not allowed to operate anything resembling power tools.
I ran upstairs and abruptly ended Elise's morning shower by knocking loudly on the door and telling her that we had a problem. Normally in our house, time in the bathroom "alone" is nothing less than sacred. I am a firm believer that a little mystery helps preserve the romance, and in addition to that, one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone tries to carry on a conversation through a closed bathroom door. So when I interrupted her bathroom time she immediately panicked, thinking that either I was having chest pains, someone died, or at best, I had cut my thumb off slicing a bagel. When she calmed down and realized that it was only a plumbing issue she was quite relieved that my digits were all in tact and I was not in need of an ambulance ride to the emergency room.
We called CoolAir Company, a plumbing and heating service we have used in the past and scheduled them for first thing Monday. Since the leak seemed relatively small, we figured we could survive through the weekend by taking submarine showers and avoid the higher rates that often come with an emergency weekend service call. So our drill for the weekend was simple; No long showers, just wet down,turn the water off, lather up, turn the water back on, rinse off as quickly as possible, rinse the tub and turn the water off. Then, I would head back downstairs and mop up the water off of the kitchen floor, which by Monday morning when Bill the Plumber arrived had been swabbed more than the deck of a Navy training vessel.
Back to my Monday morning. After determining the source of our leak, Bill's reinforcements arrived and helped him complete the tasks of replacing the drain pipe, the trap, and installing an access panel into the kitchen ceiling. During the work they covered all the floors, counters and appliances with drop cloths, and they even vacuumed everywhere they worked before they left. In short, they did an awesome job for a price that didn't completely "drain" the budget. And with that really bad pun, I think I'll call it quits and take a long, hot shower.