Nothing kills your weekend quite like learning that you have to do home repairs. And when I say “have to” I mean it was mandatory. My family was coming into town for an extended stay and my hot water heater was out, my garage door needed to be fixed and, of all things, I had to have an air quality test. My nephew was recently diagnosed with asthma a few weeks prior to the visit and living in Atlanta, I wanted to make sure that he would not be exposed to the common issues homes have in humid climates: mold. Asthma can flare up in certain conditions and mold is big trigger. I had asthma as a kid as well, so I wanted to make sure that he did not have to deal with any triggered flare ups. I quickly realized, however, that mold was not the only thing I had to be concerned about.
I have never been one to pay attention to those stupid mold remediation Atlanta and asbestos commercials from the law firms that seem like ambulance chasers. But, when the mold removal inspector came to review my house, he talked about testing for asbestos as well. In that moment, I wish I had paid a bit more attention to those commercials or had my dad around. He’s a general contractor and has some idea of these types of things. I am a salesperson and beyond making a sale for someone to hire an asbestos removal expert, I would not have the slightest idea about the industry.
Just like mold testing, there are tests to determine if a home or other structure has harmful asbestos. If the substance is found, there is an entire process to remove it and you can read more about it here. Luckily we did not have to go through that as our home was free and clear. No asbestos and no mold. However, we still had some issues with the garage door and the water heater. Turns out the water heater was a quick and cheap fix. It did not have to be replaced and we had a professional come out and service it. Quick and easy. The garage though? Not so much.
My husband accidentally backed into the garage door. How does that happen? No he wasn’t drunk or on any medications. It was a simple case of putting the car in reverse when he meant to put it in drive. He was generally embarrassed about it, so there’s that. He felt a bit more emotion once he got the bill, though. We all did. $5500 was the quote for a new garage door. Since he did more than just dent the door but bent the frame, we had to pay extra for an entire new structure. Awesome.
On the bright side, my family had a wonderful visit and we even had a chance to go to the world famous Atlanta Aquarium. Given how chaotic the preparation was, the visit went smoother than butter. And, if you knew my family, you would know how much of a big deal that is. But, that’s a story for a different time.…