Pipeline of Gratitude

Home Repair Ministry

Published Friday, October 12, 2018

"Plumbing under the house was original cast iron and leaking in the home!"

Last year, Doug and his wife, Lisa, bought their first house together after being on a waiting list for Section 8 housing for years without receiving approval. Rent for their apartment became too high. It prompted them to purchase this particular house.

While the realtor promised everything was in working order, it was not. 

It wasn't until after they moved into the home they realized the plumbing was rusted and corroding.

When the couple ran water in the kitchen or utility room, it would begin to flood through the floor drain in the home. 

"When we saw it flooding, we freaked out."

Doug called a local plumber who discovered the plumbing under the house contained the original cast iron installed in 1947. 

"They quoted us $4,000 to fix the issue. We knew we couldn't afford to fix it."

For over a year, Doug and Lisa filled up water in buckets in the sink to wash dishes. The dirty water would be dumped out a side door of the home. 

They never thought they would get the issue fixed, because there was no way they could afford to.

"A friend of mine told me about Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity's Home Repair Ministry," said Lisa. "We applied."

Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity's Home Repair program is a non-emergency health and safety related repair service that preserves the home and raises the quality of life for the homeowners. 

With the use of gap funding, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity ensured the plumbing could be replaced and allowed Doug and Lisa to contribute to the cost of the repairs with a affordable 0% interest loan. 

"We cannot thank Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity enough for repairing the plumbing in our home. We are forever grateful, said Lisa."