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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Score One for DoubleRed

Late last winter, Mrs. Fetched started noticing mold spots in the ceiling above our shower, shortly followed by water coming through there. The assumption at the time was that the upstairs shower drain was leaking, so we simply told The Boy and Daughter Dearest to take their showers down here until we could get it fixed. The problem went away with the cold weather, and we didn’t give it much thought for a while.

Jerry-rigBut then it started up again, and Mrs. Fetched called the plumbers. They went up, had a look, and said, "It’s coming out of the furnace, not the shower drain. You need to call an HVAC person.” To be helpful, they cut through the damaged sheetrock to reveal what was underneath. After Mrs. Fetched got tired of the water dripping not always into the shower, and I got tired of hearing her complain about it, I tacked a nail into the joist and hung a bucket up. The bucket would fill up twice a day, and I usually ended up emptying it morning and night.

So… one day last week I was working at home, and DoubleRed came rolling in. “Hey,” she said, “I just remembered something. We had the same problem at a place I worked at up in Blairsville, the furnace condenser was leaking. They told us that it was algae building up and blocking the drain, and to pour a cup of bleach in it. We never had a problem after that.”

I’d never heard of such a thing, and said so, but wasn’t completely incredulous. I tried to get DoubleRed to describe the inlet where the bleach was to go, but couldn’t get much beyond “it’s just an opening.” It took another week and a half, but after Mrs. Fetched got wind of it, she was on me to climb into the attic and have a look. Fortunately, going through Daughter Dearest’s closet, there’s a light switch with a light right above the furnace. I thought it was burned out, but when I flipped the switch there was light, so I pocketed the flashlight and worked my way down there. You can see what I saw: an open water pipe right at the corner of the furnace, brimming over with water (and the blue bucket underneath).

Knowing what I needed to do, I came back down to gather materials. “You find it?” Mrs. Fetched asked.

“Yup. Just need something to siphon the water out and a cup of bleach to pour in.”

“Great! I’ll see if we have any bleach.” Great time to be checking, I thought, but figured we had some and went out to get some line. I knew we had some air lines from back when Mrs. Fetched had a couple aquaria; they were covered themselves with dried algae but I got some soap on the end and scrubbed off enough to get my mouth on it. Meanwhile, Mrs. Fetched located the bleach and put it in a cup for me.

Once more into the breach. I sucked water out of the opening, let it siphon down into the bucket, then poured the bleach in. I got most of it in… then it bobbed up and down a couple times before it went glurk-glurk-glurk and drained away. I poured in the remaining bleach and called it good enough.

So DoubleRed gets the gold star for this one. The proof will be when the bucket is empty tonight… then we’ll have to figure out how to patch up the ceiling. Always something.


  1. Smart lady, DoubleRed!

    Hi FAR! Remember me? Mrs. M? Or I should be saying now - Ms. M! LOL! Somebody posted a comment to an old post (Mar 29, 09) and I got it in my email. I have not dropped by the blogs in quite sometime what with one thing another going on(not cewrtain if Nydge clued anyone in), so when seeing that post I thought I would just drop in to say "Hi! How are you?"

    Life has taken a few strange twists and turns over the last year, but it has all been for the better although at the time it was falling apart. Oh well, it did fall apart but the pieces got put back together in a different manner this time. :-) I see life for you is still just as crazy!

    Don't know as if I will get back to blogging just yet in my life. I put myself through school last year to become a CNA. Now I am notching up my ridiculously busy life by aiming for LPN training. So it will be back to school and back to the books. But, hey, it's all good. Life is wonderful...NOW!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    So, anywho, HI!!!!!!

  2. {{{Ms. M}}} Hi there, and welcome back! Nudge said you'd been pretty busy IRL, but she's far too classy to go trotting out details about her friends. Congrats for the CNA & good luck with that LPN training, do you think you'll shoot for NP sooner or later?

  3. Oh hey… I can't remember if you knew I got promoted to grandparent in September?

  4. Congratulations GranDaddy FAR! Baby Boy or Baby Girl?

    Nudge is a classy gal. She did say certain people were asking about me and I said to pass along my Hello's and that life was crazy.


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