Mark Rimmell (markrimmell) wrote,
Mark Rimmell

Today I will mostly be trying to sort out the leak under the kitchen sink. I'm calculating that about 7% of the water that has been going down the plughole has ended up all over the floor. Since finding this I've put a bucket under there (that's how I've calculated the ratio of drain to floor) it's alarming how quickly it fills up. Yes I know I should fix the leak but it's all a bit involved under there (it's boxed in and there's no room to turn a spanner) and I can see the job spiraling out of control, worst case would be having to rip out the entire sink unit. Anyway I'd like to save the sink unit for now because I need to ascertain if the water damage in the kitchen has only been caused by the leak. I fear it may also be due the way water is draining off the new patio. I foresee much lifting of concrete slabs and hours of digging. Nothing I hadn't already figured when first looking at the house, but I wish it would cut me some slack and prove me wrong on my worst fears, it'll save me a lot of work. So the time line should look something like this...

Fix Leak

Wait and see if floor and wall dries out.

If it dries out, I can start work on ripping out kitchen and installing new one.

If it doesn't dry out, I have to lift patio and lower ground level. Pretty sure this is going to be the case. May get some quotes from builders for doing this.

Right I'm off to attack the plumbing with some large spanners and harsh language.


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