This is really belated. But I am a little (just a tad) OCD. I wanted to finish my blogs for our Perth trip before I started on this. So here goes. In April, a HDB officer paid us a surprise house visit to inform us that our neighbour downstairs had a very bad case of seepage on their ceiling. Somewhere in our toilet(s) had sprang a leak. So he arranged for a date for a contractor to make an assessment.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, an assessment was made. The contractor had no idea what caused the leak. So both toilets had to go!!! 😱😭😵 We had totally gutted the toilets when we did our renovation like 6 years ago. 🤷🏻♀️ Apparently the workmanship was shoddy enough for a leak to occur underneath the tiles.
The cost for renovating each toilet was $600, to be divided up between our neighbour and ourselves. However, since we ain’t moving out in the interim, we could only do one toilet at a time. Each toilet would take 3 days. We arranged for the renovation to start immediately after our Perth trip.
The amount of noise, dirt and dust generated was unbelievable. Ez was terrified of the workers. So he cried while Lè meimei cried because her brother was crying. The first 3 days were horrible as my parents were away. I couldn’t offload them and they had to stay with me because someone had to babysit the house. Having one functional toilet is survivable even with 2 young kids. But the amount of dirt and dust everywhere made me pray harder that our toilets should never leak again.
Here’s the process in case you’re interested. Though for your sake, I hope you will never need to experience this. 4 different subcon came by. A single worker did the hacking on the first day. He worked from 9am till 5.30pm with an hour for lunch. He also helped me to cover up the exposed surfaces in the kitchen (albeit very reluctantly). We were totally clueless and really had to thank him. Otherwise, the post cleanup would definitely be much worse. At the end of day 1, he cleared the debris before he left.
On day 2, another contractor came by to apply the waterproofing. He would stop by around 9.30am to apply a layer first. Then be back around 1pm to finish up.
At the start of day 3, the contractor in charge of tiling came by to lay the tiles. It’s a tedious and back breaking process. It took him almost half a day to finish up. Finally, the plumber came by to install the toilet bowl and lastly secured the pipes (or something).
It took them longer to complete the toilet in the master bedroom due to the bathtub. Initially, the guy from the renovation company told us that if the flooring beneath the bathtub did not have tiles (as with some contractors to save cost as no one could see after the tub was installed), we would have to top up to lay the tiles. Luckily, there was tiles! Both on the wall and the floor! So no need to fork out extra cash. But we did have to pay extra for them to install a longer version of the aircon water outlet so that it could go around the new tub. Yes. Renovation is already very cheap so you will need to top up for every single extra stuff.
We had brand new toilets at $300 per toilet while our poor neighbour only had a new coat of paint and sealant on their ceiling while having to fork out $600. The consolation? At least they don’t have to live in a limestone cave like environment with growing stalactites overhead in their master bedroom.