We started brainstorming what else it could be with our realtor and she mentioned something about a pipe... and it clicked. During the inspection, our inspector mentioned something about the copper pipes in our area 'pitting' and creating super tiny pin holes that slowly leak water. Greg had already replaced some of the copper pipes in the basement. That had to be it, or at least we hoped that was the root of the problem.
Greg measured off a section of the ceiling he was going to cut open to take a look.
|Sorry for the blurry picture. The good camera had a dead battery|
Sure enough, that was the problem. Next step was cutting a few more holes where the bends in the pipe were and getting that sucker out. I disappeared to run a few errands and came home to this: three holes in the ceiling, the old pipe out, and the new pipe cut and ready to be soldered.
|The after-- I got to help with the blow torch|
The remaining problem? Drywall work to patch the ceiling. Oh boy!