Home Ownership – Leaky Pipes and Our Never Ending Repairs

Leaking Pipe Caused Ceiling Issue

A Leaking Pipe Caused Ceiling Issue – it started as a 4″ bubble of water and ended up a 4′ hole. The hubby is pointing to the stream of water shooting out from the pipe.

The hubby and I were about to leave the house to go light bulb shopping…we’re exciting like that. For some reason he looked up at the ceiling and noticed a weird bulging. When he pointed it out for a second I thought it was some kind of weird cocoon with bug juice dripping out of it (drama queen much?!?).

It turned out what I was looking at was a water filled paint bubble. The paint was so stretched it looked like gossamer wings and that’s why I expected something to fly or ooze out of it at any moment.

I took the shopping trip alone and the hubby stayed home to investigate. I returned to find a 4′ hole and a copper pipe with a spring of water streaming from it. By the end of the night, a bucket was in place and all of my store’s inventory was moved. What a mess.

The good news? The pipe is the cold water pipe to the master bathroom. Good news because it’s not the toilet drain! The bad news? It’s a pinhole leak which is usually caused by corrosion inside the pipes so this is not just a patch-it-and-go fix. It’s going to take some time to inspect and replace whole sections of the pipe – there goes the ceiling.

Owning a house is a never ending battle. We’ve lived in this house for 24 years and I’m ready to retire to a condo in Florida with a handyman on call!


Author: Connie Ott

A mom and wife, Connie blogs about entertainment, travel, living green, products, technology, DIY home remodeling and decor, and more. She's a vegetarian and animal lover and lives in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. Find out more about Connie and all the bloggers here at Baby to Boomer Lifestyle on our About Us page.

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  1. So sorry to hear about that. We know all too well about costly repairs and hubby does a lot of them himself. I too would like to retire in Florida or somewhere else warm and maybe a condo? That would be really nice.

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    • Florida sounds fabulous….until I remember how freakin’ hot it gets there in summer :)

  2. oh my goodness,waiting for the hubby to heal from a broken knee cap, to fix a big patch in the family room from a storm this summer… it’s right smack where the christmas tree goes.. and yep it is being part of a homeowner. Hope your project goes well.

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    • Yikes! Sorry about the hubby’s knee! That sounds painful!

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