Monday, May 6, 2013

Rainy Days and Mondays...

Over the past week here in the Sand Hills, we have had nothing but rainy cloudy days. Even though we have problems with Black Mold, we have never had water on the inside of the house. It always stayed between the walls, hence the reasoning of the landlord to say there was no leak and the roof had already previously been repaired. It rained so hard yesterday, that the roof began leaking ...

Yesterday evening I wanted to go sit out on the porch and enjoy the rain. It had slowed down quite a bit and wasn't blowing so the things on the porch were relatively dry. However, it was quite chilly so I grabbed my hoodie off the chair in the dining room and it was soaking wet. This chair sits in the corner of the dining room where the floor has rotted (so Ravyn doesn't fall in the damaged spot) and under where the black marks on the ceiling were. I was livid!! Instead of being able to go outside, I spent a good deal of time drying off my chair and then oiling it where the water had been so it didn't dry out or show water spots. While I was doing this, Jimmy called the landlord, and as usual he didn't answer so he left a message. He did call back last night somewhere after 10PM, telling us he would have to call his father (who is the actual owner of the place we live, but he lives somewhere in NJ so he has no idea what goes on here most of the time) to see if he wanted to fix the problem or not. I'm thinking to myself, WTF??

This morning he calls Jimmy and lets us know he's on the way to Home Depot to buy tarps to cover the area until they can get someone out to REPLACE the roof. Now keep in mind, this roof has been repaired at least a couple times and it seems to last about 4 or 5 years then there is more trouble. And... it IS a mobile home which is completely different than repairing a normal houses roof. No shingles, no tar. The landlord gets here sometime after noonish, and he comes in to see the area we have been telling him about. At this time he isn't much interested in anything except where the leak is on the ceiling (Read he's ignoring the hole in the floor). Up the ladder and onto the roof he and Jimmy go to spread out a tarp to cover the damaged area. I'm not positive this is going to work as he only brought 7 or 8 bricks to hold down a tarp covering a large area. If the wind kicks up we might be pelted with flying bricks.

After the tarp is all spread out Jimmy insists he come inside and actually LOOK at the floor. He gets down on his knees and runs his hand in the gap between the wall and the floor and finds it's wet and the wood has decomposed *just like we tried to tell him a few months ago to no avail*. He's not too sure what to do about this problem, and makes the comment somewhere along the line of just having the mobile home removed and building a normal house in it's place. WAIT!! You have a difficult time paying for needed repairs and you want to spend MORE money to build a house you have NO desire to be the landlord for? Oh wait, I remember. You told us you actually wanted to turn this rental over to a property manager, but they won't take a mobile home as old as this one...

All I can say is I am happy we are moving and there is NO way I can be convinced to stay here. There are just too many things wrong with this house and I'm tired of trying to get even the smallest and simplest thing repaired. The most recent problem is somewhere we have lost over half of the water pressure. Trying to take a shower is like standing under a drip irrigation system. And it takes the toilets a minimum of 5 minutes to refill after flushing. I'm serious and NOT joking AT. ALL!

I am going to miss the front porch though... it is one of my very favorite things about living here. That and the east facing windows to my Craft room...

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like it just needs to be demolished. If the house was worth saving I'd say they should look into a metal roof for it. My MIL owns a trailer and that's what she did when her roof had a leak. But hers was small and it wasn't mildewing the walls and floor.

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