Canceling Continents

by Melissa

It began with cracks in our bedroom walls.  And they were getting worse.  Some of our doors were not closing; others were starting to stick.  Our neighbors were getting their foundation fixed, and we knew ours was having problems as well.

We called the company who repaired our foundation four years ago, just before we bought the house, to see if our warranty would cover the damage.  What followed has been a complete fuc*ing disaster.

Putting in the Piers

Of course the original foundation company would be delighted to honor our warranty if the piers that were placed under the house four years ago were failing.  But they were not – instead our house was having problems in other areas.  They gave us the elevation numbers (these show how much the foundation is falling or rising) as well as an estimate to fix the house.  Lets just say the estimate was for several thousand dollars.

We decided to get a second opinion.

Wow!  Their elevation numbers were much different then the first company.  They required more beams, so more work, however, the cost would be less.  But, “oh by the way, you might have a leak under your house.”

We realized we needed a third opinion.

Instead of calling another foundation company, we hired an engineer to come and check the house.  His numbers were right in line with opinion number one, and he didn’t think we had a leak, but wasn’t sure.  Excellent!  Hired the second, less expensive company, they came in and did the work.  When they left, this is what we found.

Master Bath Drain

Holy shit!  We had to call a plumber to come out and fix the tub.  What he told us made our hearts stop.  He would have to jack hammer through the tiles in the bathroom, through the foundation, and dig into the dirt below the house so that they could replace the cast iron pipe that was broken during the lift.

Dirt that Came Out of Our Closet

Good news – the plumber didn’t have to jack hammer through the bathroom tile to fix the tub, just through the foundation in Ryan’s closet.  This was good because Ryan’s closet is carpeted, which is much easier to remove and replace than if they cut through the bathroom tiles.

Bad news – they found a leak under the house.  It had been there a very long time and could possibly have caused our foundation issues.

Hmmm…maybe it’s time to call the insurance company to see if some of this might possibly be covered.  I mean geez the pipes are cast iron, they are old, and the policy states foundation issues due to leaks are covered under insurance.

Throwing Money Down the Drain


Pipes that Came Out

The tub is fixed, there is a giant wet cement spot in Ryan’s closet trying to dry, and the plumbers have identified one (or more) leaks in other parts of the house.  The insurance adjuster is coming out Wednesday to evaluate the damage, so we still have a long road ahead of us before this is fixed.

The total damage thus far is $11,000 – all paid directly from the money we had saved for our trip.

How will this change the trip? Will we be delaying it for a year?  Should we just cancel continents (for example, skip Africa or Europe)?  Should we shorten the trip to 6 or 9 months instead of 12?  We are not sure.

We do know one thing, this trip is not canceled.  We will go, one way or another.

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Robin December 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm

It’s funny because I hate that “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” quote, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t make itself applicable at the most inopportune times.
The good news is there is still time for you to step back and think about why you wanted to go on the trip in the first place, and how to accomplish those goals within your new reality. Ultimately it’s all about the adventure. Right?


Melissa Harris January 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

funny that quote is quickly becoming one of my least favorites as well! I completely agree it is all about the adventure and this is just part of that adventure!


Kathy Murray January 1, 2013 at 2:34 am

I just hate story! I am anxious to know how much the insurance company will cover. Who do you have? The second company seems good–who was it? I am so so sorry. I know it will somehow work out.


Melissa Harris January 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Yes it will! Thanks Kathy :)


Big D & Me January 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

Man that stinks! I have no doubt that you both will find a way to make what you have work.


Melissa Harris January 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Yes I am planning to move in with you! Move on over girl and make some room ;) My house if falling apart.


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