when it rains it pours? Interesting 1897 plumbing
So after taking down the plaster in our bedroom that was failing, (and spending some family time together outside) I heard dripping in when our upstairs toilet flushed.... I touched the ceiling with a broom and it went through like going through liquid..
So we have a leak (probably for 5-15 years with how the drywall disintegrated), the plumber has been back and forth us opening up the ceiling more and more each time to give him a better clue as to what the leak actually is. I thought you guys might get a kick out of it.
The elbow bend from the toilet down to the cast iron main drain is made of copper. The hammered it up and over the flange. It is actually the copper that has cracked where it bends over the flange. I already knew the tub up there had a brass drain (could see it from the water access) but the toilet had copper!
The house was built in 1897, and the plumbing is original to that date.
Unfortunately we will need to replace a bunch of the cast iron drain just to replace the copper elbow, the cast iron actually looks like it is in good shape, no rust spots. But I thought it would be interesting to share some old techniques I had not heard about before :)