September 21st, 2006


Home Repair... Bah!

So once again, my natural emnity with the elemental forces of water has surfaced. This time, our hot water heater is leaking. And not just leaking, but -leaking-.
Essentially, the water is overflowing... it's a steady trickle coming from the bottom of the top console (the hot water one). And I've shut off the power to the heater so it's not heating. I turned off the obvious knob at the top that looked very much like a water shutoff valve. And despite constant efforts to run the faucets, wipe up the water, stick something absorbent in the water, and use the pressure valve to drain some water, it just keeps building up again and leaking.

I know about the part where I get a hose and empty the tank via the draincock at the bottom. No hose immediately handy, this must wait until decent hours. I'll be calling a professional as soon as possible in the morning. In the meantime, if anyone has any advice, suggestions, experience, feel free to chime in.

Sigh. Always with the flooding in the basement. If it's not one thing, it's another.
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Home Repair Update...

New water heater installed. I woke up at o'clock, and had a guy out to look at the old one by 9 am. He eyed it for a few minutes, then decided it was time to replace it. Turns out the heater was oh, somewhere 'round 20 years old, not 8-10 like we'd thought. Gotta love those old water heaters. So he set it to draining and went off to fetch a friend and a new one. (It's amusing, subconsciously I select the same plumbing company every time we have a problem, but always forget which one it is until next time...)

The old heater didn't drain very quickly, so they removed it while still half-full... took it out by way of the basement side-door and decided to drain it there in the stairwell, where there's a drain.

The drain clogged up. Next thing I knew, one corner of my basement nearest the door was full of dirty-black water. Eeeeew. I about snapped and killed both guys right then and there, even as I rescued books from the bottom shelves of the bookcases...

Eventually, the new heater was installed. Then they set off the smoke detector while soldering the pipes into place. THAT woke my dearest wife up out of a sound sleep, even as we practically ripped the detector out of the ceiling trying to turn it out.

After that, we finally managed to get the drain to declog and got the water out. Ugh. NOT the mopping I had in mind. They brought in a wet/dry vac to get the rest of the water that had leaked from the mess, and all was well in the end.

So, problem solved. In a typically messed-up manner. Oy. I tell you, if there's a way water can get into my basement, it does. On the bright side, I've started really cleaning the basement... :>
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