Then Drea informs me that the carpet in the basement is wet. You guessed it, the leak is going down through the wall to the basement. Nice. I moved some of Cody's crap out of the storage room in the basement and found a lot of water. This is not good.
So now I'm faced with a situation where I must fix this immediately, or risk a terrible case of mold inside my walls. Given Tandra's and my allergies, and remembering that we actually had to move out of a previous house because of just that sort of problem (weekly sinus infections are no fun), this is not a happy situation. I don't have the money for this.
Then add to the mix the fact that this bathroom is one of the things in the house that I would really like to remodel before we move out. Obviously we can't remodel the whole thing right now, but this sure would be a good opportunity to replace the tub and shower. Again though, we run into the issue of money. I'm estimating that with a cheap tub and shower, we could do that work for around $700. Too bad, I'd really like some of the shower units I've seen online for more like $2000, but alas. I suppose just about anything brand new we stick in there will be better than what's in there now.
If I replace the tub, I'd really like to replace the fixtures. ($$$)
If I rip into the wall, I'd really like to install an exhaust fan in the bathroom, since it doesn't currently have one. ($$$)
I put off my mortgage payment by one paycheck this month in order to afford Christmas. That means that my next check is going to be something like $400 short of my bills. I.e. I don't have money right now to do this. Maybe in a month or even two weeks I could do it, but not now.
And that's not to mention how long the work might take - this is the only shower in the house. I can come to work and shower here if I have to, but Tandra doesn't have such a good option as far as I know, and that does nothing for us on days off.
Dad's coming over tonight to take a look at it. Maybe we'll go to Lowe's and price some tubs or something.