Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southeastern Illinois
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About the leaky roofs- if the roof leaks, then the whole structure of the house is quickly ruined. We put a new roof and gutter system on our credit card this year and are still paying it off. However, the alternative is to lose the investment in our home, which is much greater than the interest that we're paying on the credit card.
Once that water gets into the wood and walls, mold starts, and there is no good way to fix it other than a complete rebuild.
MsMom, I hope you find out what exactly is causing your problems in the house. It doesn't sound like there are any really good cheap remedies for you. I hope that houseplants and a good duct cleaning really help.
Can you get any cash settlement from your city because of the sewage backups? Maybe the threat of a lawsuit for health problems will prod them a little bit.