At least I hope it's the floor drain. I'm running a test right now that should help find out.
The air-conditioner and dehumidifier both empty into into the floor drain in the basement. I went down to the basement this morning when I was getting ready for work (Roseholme Cottage is short on closet space, so about a quarter of the basement has been set up with hanger rails) and lo, there was a small puddle around the drain.
We're short-handed at work this week. I pretty much can't skip a day. Tam had left much earlier for a busy day. I turned the dehumidifier up to 605, wet-vacced the water right ebfore I left for work, and hoped for the best.
Didn't get it. Didn't get worst, either, but there was a fair-sized puddle when I got home. Vacuumed it up again, made a supply run to The Source Of All Existential Terror -- yes, Mal-Wart, Lowe's having decided not to stock poison ivy killer! -- and when I returned, so had the puddle. Removed the water again and tried to get the cover off the floor drain but it's well-rusted. Got the screws out (a #3 Phillips hex-bit in a 10"-swing brace doesn't take no for an answer!) but multiple efforts failed to dislodge the cover. One last desperate ploy remains: let it fill up again and try the big plunger.
My test consists of running the dishwasher, which needs run anyway. If I get big puddle of warm, soapy water, that'll tell me it's not just a mudded-up floor drain. Yeah, maybe not the cleverest of ideas but it's what I've got. I own a little portable sump pump and if I have to put it to work, I will.
...Whine, whine, whine. The cool air is working, And I had dinner. Been plenty of times I had no chance at the one and not much at the other.
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