Do you ever feel as if everything is collapsing and falling apart around you?
Well, that’s happening here, and my reaction has not exactly been a calm one.
The back room on our house is in a state of collapse, literally. The house was built in the 1980s, and the room in question was originally part of a back deck that was enclosed by previous owners to make a sun room. We live in a rural area where there was not exactly an abundance of building codes in the 80s, and the room, which sits about 3 feet off the ground, was not properly constructed. Apparently, the posts are not large enough, and concrete footings were not poured. With all of the rain we have been having over an extended period of time plus the passage of years, the room has begun to sink/collapse. It has not pulled away from the house, but we have been told to stay out of it so as not to add additional weight that might cause a further problem.
Finding someone reputable who can lift the room, pour proper concrete footings and build new supports has been a nightmare. There are about 150 construction companies in this county, but a reputable builder of commercial buildings warned me to be very careful about who I hire. Many of the companies have only one or two employees, and many are what we call “jack-leg” builders of dubious qualifications.
So I finally found a company in a large town about 30 miles away who are very reputable and can do the work and provide a lifetime warranty. Yay! But it will be three weeks before they can come out and do the work. I’m going crazy here!
And then I found out we have mold in the crawl space under the rest of the house. A lot of mold. That was looked at today, and the mold removal company will have to remove not only the mold but also the insulation under the house, will have to treat the wood so that the mold will not return, will have to put in new insulation, and will have to install a vapor barrier.
And then the mold removal man told me we have a broken floor joist under the house. That will have to be repaired.
And then we’ve been told that the gutters and downspouts on this house would never be installed on new construction. They are not adequate to funnel all of the rain away from the house, and too much water in the soil was part of the reason the room is collapsing.
So here we are. Well, here I am. My poor husband (who as my long-time readers may remember is an invalid and is nearly blind) just has to trust me to take care of all of this. I’ve had no idea what to do, and I’ve had to rely on recommendations of others and just do the best I could. I’ll keep you posted…