The other afternoon I was at home writing and listening to a classical music radio station while waiting for Dave, the man from the chimney/roofing repair company, to arrive. Dave has been to the house before so I knew who to expect and that he’d find a solution to our latest homeowner problem.
He showed up on time and started by looking at our water/mud mess in the basement. Then he and his camera went up on the roof to figure out what was happening up there to cause the mess. It didn’t take long for him to determine that the builder had once again skimped on something important.
[Details of problem for those who care about such things. Chimney cap not installed with proper horizontal support. Hot water exhaust pipe, which goes up inside of the chimney, not surrounded by proper gasket where it intersects with chimney cap. Result: water doesn’t roll off top of chimney cap. Instead, water forms a 2″ deep puddle on top of chimney cap and then slowly drips down leak around the exhaust pipe into inside of chimney. Along the way to the basement water rots first floor sub-flooring under fireplace and creates a gentle steam down the basement concrete walls into the adjacent floor drain.]
So Dave got down off the roof and knocked on the door. He put on his standard issue contractor-inside-your-house paper booties, and stepped into the foyer to show me photos of this
year’s month’s week’s problem. He explained to me how the problem could be repaired. And then he told me to expect an estimate in the mail in about 2 days.
But what made this visit different– and almost got me to the point of giggles— was that while Dave was talking with me the classical radio station was playing The Blue Danube Waltz. Just float-y, water-y, swoosh-y music drifting into the foyer from the radio in the next room.
I don’t think that the music registered with Dave at all, but to me it was very fitting and funny. I ask you, could there be any more perfect background music for a discussion about water running down the inside of your chimney into the basement and then flowing toward the drain? Me thinks not.
Well played, Universe. I bow to your sense of the absurd.
~ as a way of including The Blue Danube Waltz in this post, and for your entertainment, I leave you with this video ~