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Water Worry

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Friday night I got up to go to the bathroom and was sure I heard the sound of pipes with running water. I went all over the inside of the house, but didn’t see anything. Was it rain related? It had been raining all evening, and it never rains, so maybe it was a sump pump or something? I was tired and confused, so I went back to bed.

When I woke in the morning, the sound was still happening. This time I went outside. When I got out there, I could actually hear water running. Ugh.

Something was leaking under the kitchen floor – in a space that was only accessible through this opening:

I did not go in. Instead I went to the main water shutoff. It didn’t work. The spigot handle just spun ineffectively. Ugh.

I knew where the city water cutoff thing was, so I went there. A wrench got it turned off.

Many phone calls and frustrations later, a plumber arrived. I was so grateful to him for coming. He took some pictures. The leak was here:

That clampy thing pierces a pipe to access water, and then the blue hose takes water to a refrigerator ice maker. This was an old one I wasn’t using, and it had gotten brittle and disconnected. Ugh.

The leak repair was shockingly expensive, but I have water again. I’m going to try to get my home warranty company (which was part of my home purchase) to replace the water shutoff valve.

3 Comments

  1. Deborah

    Are you going to ask your home warranty company to pay for everything? They should.

    • Brad

      As my realtor said when I asked her about it: “Home warranty plans aren’t very good at emergencies.” They could have helped me, but not until Monday. The wheels turn slowly.

      There is a method for having them reimburse you for work, but it requires pre-authorization and paperwork that I don’t think any emergency plumber would have tolerated. They don’t make it easy, those home warranty people. I guess that keeps them from making too many payouts…

  2. Lauren

    Dang it all. That totally sucks. I am sorry that this happened, but at least you’ve got the warranty. Ugh ugh ugh.

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