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  • Cleveland Heights Resident Shares Leaking Pipe Nightmare Story

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    You know that old saying I know how you feel? Well if you've had frustrations dealing with leaking pipes and plumbing in your home, Allison Urbanek of The Cleveland Heights Patch is here to tell her story of the many problems she faced when trying to fix her leaking pipes:

    I have an unfinished basement and, as with any basement, it’s damp. So, I have a dehumidifier that runs when necessary. When I first moved in, I noticed an elbow-shaped pipe that ran from the side wall of the basement down into a raised concrete block. I found it strange, but paid little attention to it until it started to leak. It wouldn’t leak under normal circumstances, when it was raining or when snow was melting. Instead, it would leak about three days later, when you had already forgotten about what had happened with the weather.

    Whenever I saw water all over the floor, I would get mad and again threaten to pull out the “for sale“ sign. Eventually it dawned on us that this leaking pipe was connected to the crock that our downspout ran into.  I finally got “smart” and put a bucket under it, thinking that this would be a good enough fix. Of course, I was still emptying my dehumidifier two or three times a week and--between one bucket or the other--I seemed to end up dumping water on my shoes half the time. Last fall, I got so fed up with my wet footwear that I decided to get a plumber in to fix the pipe.

    Since we were planning to replace our gutters this spring, we really needed to solve the problem with the crock/pipe.  (A note to homeowners: gutter contractors only replace gutters; they don’t guarantee that once the gutters are put up that the plumbing system will do its job and take the water away!) We knew we had to take care of the plumbing issue so that, when the gutters were replaced, they would actually work.

    Read more at The Cleveland Heights Patch

    Filed under: Basement, Common Household Repairs, Fix That Leak, Forest Hill News & Events, Home Mechanic Tips, Plumbing, Roofing, Support Local
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