One night, late last winter, Father John and I were startled from a deep sleep by the sound of scurrying little feet under the house. Once daylight came, we called an exterminator and he discovered that there were rodents making their home in the crawl space under the house and church hall. He also discovered that there was significant water damage and mold growing under there. The previous owner put in an amazing pool and patio, but didn't address the pressing concern of drainage... and now our church has to.
Thankfully, the critters have been evacuated and the mold has been found not be dangerous. Last week, Miguel and Javier (or as Button calls them: Mister Gell and Mister Smiley-Face) began excavating the patio to begin the 6 - 8 week process of repairing the damage and making it drain properly. They finished up the house-side digging and found that part of the floor in the sun room is so badly damaged that it will need to be replaced.
We're on week two of the work and today the guys ripped up the floor in the sun room. I'm hoping that will be finished by the end of the week. There was a ton of dust blown around the house (despite the large tarp they used to seal it off), so I've been cleaning up this afternoon. Hopefully that will not be in vain! In a couple of weeks, they'll get started on the church hall side (the patio is surrounded on three sides by the church, rectory, and hall).
P.S. It was hysterical this morning during lessons when Sugar Plum was sawing away on her violin and Miguel was banging, and pounding away at the tile... what an enormous racket!