(see previous post or this will not make sense)
Our contractor came over today- do you think it odd that we have our own contractor? He has basically rebuilt our entire house.
He did find the pipes, and they had not leaked or burst or anything- so that is a huge blessing. He did say that they were not covered in insulation, though- obviously, not a good thing when they are so close to an exterior wall. So, even though we have 2 huge holes in the ceiling in our garage which he cut open to find the pipes(which we really don't care about, I mean- it's the garage for Heaven's sake), he will be coming back in a couple of days to put lots of insulation along the wall and fix the ceiling. And maybe add some garage storage. I need to talk Ben into that one.
There is a big piece of silver lining in this fiasco: Claire's bedroom is above the garage and it is always FREEZING in the winter and HOT in the summer. Now I know why- no insulation along her outside wall. (the garage has a peak above it that connects to Claire's room, and that is where the pipes are- and the lack of insulation). Hopefully, he will be able to fix that problem and we won't have to use a space heater in Claire's room anymore- something I absolutely hate doing and get totally nervous about.
In the end, it should be a relatively cheap fix, and we should save a lot on our electricty bill in the future by having Claire's room properly insulated- everything has turned out OK. Whew.
Now we will wait until the next major fix (which we really hope is the dishwasher breaking down because we actually really do want a new dishwasher- the one now is so noisy it keeps us up at night)- and wish we were still renting...