Cheryl Leitz and her east Cobb home will appear in the newest season of “Ask This Old House” — a spin-off of the popular PBS series made famous by handyman Bob Vila more than two decades ago.
“I’ve been watching ‘This Old House’ since I was a kid and the new show more recently,” Leitz said.
Leitz and her husband, Carl, moved from Smyrna to their new home on Fox Hollow Drive off Robinson Road, north of Indian Hills Country Club, with their two young children in April.
“We’ve been in Atlanta since 2002. We decided to settle here and raise a family,” said Leitz, who works for AT&T. “When we saw the house, we loved it. We moved here because we wanted a nice big yard for our children to play in and the good schools in east Cobb.”
Even though their four-bedroom, two-story home built in 1982 was a great find, it still needs some finishing touches, Leitz said.
“There’s lots of little things we want done, such as landscaping and child-proofing,” she said.
But the producers were interested in Leitz’s kitchen sink drain, which had been acting up since they moved in.
“The previous owner had done some wonderful renovations,” she said. “There was a kitchen renovation, and they put it in a new sink with one side that’s sunk extra deep.”
But because of the way the pipes were put in, the sink doesn’t drain properly, Leitz said.
“The old water is always visible,” she said. “It doesn’t smell, but it’s unsightly. If you have a bit of grease on it, that will stay on top of the water and clog my drain.”
On Thursday, the series crew showed up with tools ready to help.
“Most sinks have one drain trap, and she had three,” production coordinator Cliff Nash said. “So we’re going to make it have one.”
With the help of plumbing expert Richard Trethewey, Leitz was able to reroute the pipes to drain more efficiently.
Leitz, who lent a hand with things like cutting pipe, said she was happy to finally see her sink fixed.
She also said it was exciting to be on TV.
“I’m tickled pink,” she said. “It’s a thrill to be on TV and to meet the people I’ve been watching on TV for a while.”
Leitz’s episode is part of the 10th anniversary season of “Ask This Old House” and will air on GPB and PBA locally this fall. The new season officially premieres in October.