Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Set Backs

Last week I noticed a leak in the plumbing in the walls. It was a loud tap, tap sound and I heard it while washing some laundry in the sink upstairs. I went downstairs to the bathroom right under the top floor and the tapping was louder, then I noticed that the repatched walls of the Copper Repiping job that was done last Sept was starting get wet! So I quickly notified Tim, who was definitely upset about it. Long story short, the leak caused the walls to get wet, which the Repipers opened up to fix the leak, and the water made it's way under the carpet!!! So we decided to used Rubbing Alcohol on the wet spot and turn 2 fans directly onto the wet spots after Tim sopped up what he could. Alcohol evaporates quickly, and it also disinfects so we thought that it would prevent mildew. Soooo the set back is our electic bill. With the fans running all day and all night, we think the bill will be a whopper... sigh... Thank God the leak was the fault of the copper pipes, the Repiper told us that if it wasn't their own pipes we would have to pay him to fix everything!

The next sad set back is that either the phone or electric company stamped all over my bush bean and blackberry plant! They kill the bush bean completely and the blackberry was an offshoot of the mother plant I was trying to get to root, but R.I.P. I'm sooo upset that they are so careless. Couldn't they tell it's a plant??? They trampled right next to my pole bean and compacted the soil too.... sigh.... I'll have pictures later of my damages. Maybe I ought to call them and complain... but I don't know which company came. We have 2 telephone poles on our property, and it is lame... I think I might make a large sign and post it on the poles. "You will be liable to damages caused to Garden Plants" What do you think? When you grow a plant from seed, it's like a baby... I know it's silly, but it takes a lot of effort to tend to them to make sure they get well established. Poor Bush Bean... may it rest in peace.... it had one little baby bean growing on it too....

5 comments:

Katie said...

I would call both companies to determine which one was onsite and follow their claims process for reimbursement for your plant. My understanding is most utility companies offer some kind of claims thingie for that sort of thingie.

Fans aren't too bad with the electricity use (as long as the AC or heating element is not being used). You'd be surprised.

AJK said...

thanks for your insight. I'll try to track them down, hunt those suckers who killed my plants! I wonder how much I can ask for... estimated cost of grown plant, and future crop loss? hmmmm they're organic too so it would cost a bit more than conventional beans...

ladyichigo said...

That's so sad that your plants got trampled! How inconsiderate of them to not even take the tiniest precaution about the property they are working on. I'm so sorry they ruined your babies. :(

I hope the electric bill isn't too high.

Weeping Sore said...

Janice,
I haven't been reading your posts long enough to know if this is typical, but I love it! Not the setbacks, but your determination, and your willingness to blog about the bad times and the good. So much about going green these days is wrapped up in rainbows and ribbons, it's easier to talk the talk than walk the walk.
You shall overcome.

AJK said...

thanks for cheering me up ladyichigo and weeping sore. I know I'm determined, but I've been having a Ditz Week. Thanks for reading!