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Cold Steel15 Jun 2015 3:36 p.m. PST

I enjoy waking up to the sound of a gentle rain. But not when it is coming from the opposite side of the room from the windows and the early dawn shows a clear sky.

For some strange reason, builders in the South put water heaters in the attic. Not in the basement or the garage, but in the unheated area above everything else. Code at least requires a catch pan and drain to the outside in case of a leak. Our water heater was getting a little old and too small for our needs, so I installed a larger one in the basement last year. I figured when the old one bit the dust, I would just disconnect it, cap off the water lines and throw it out.

I did not plan on the professional moron who installed the water heater forgetting to do something so complex as actually connecting the drain hose to the catch pan. Water was dripping from about 10 sq feet of the bedroom ceiling all over the new carpet installed last week. I ripped ruined sheetrock off 2 walls. I am now waiting for everything to dry out before replacing the sheetrock, then spackle, prime and repaint. The Gremlins' timing is impeccable. We just listed the house with a new realtor and the professional photographer is scheduled for Saturday. I have just enough time to get it all done if nothing else goes wrong. This should be a fun week.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2015 11:40 p.m. PST

You should have the 'professional moron's' company pay you for your trouble. If they refuse to do so, name and shame. Here, if you wish, but on social media, etc…

Cold Steel16 Jun 2015 4:26 a.m. PST

Wish I could, but I bought the house from a guy who used subcontractors.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2015 4:59 p.m. PST

Had a similar problem with a plugged drain on the A/C
condensate overflow catcher. In net, it seeped into the
sub-flooring, costing about $1,000 USD for that repair AND
it dripped into the A/C's electrical control mechanism,
causing an electrical fire and shorting out most of the
controls. An additional $4,500 USD damage.

Wonderful folks, these sub's…

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