I had some extra fun last week. My hot water heater decided to go out on me. And I had just replaced it back in 2011.
It all started when I came home from work Tuesday night and found the water was gushing out of the overflow valve. I bought a new one, and my roommate put it in the next night (we’d turned off the water to the heater in between). But that didn’t fix it, as I found when it was still leaking Thursday morning.
Now this is the point where Donald gets involved. He’s a great friend who also happens to be a plumber (just not in town). I told him about my troubles, and he tried to suggest some fixes for me. Sadly, they kept not working, and they took time to try. In fact, I took a half day off work to try to get things figured out before finally giving up and trying to find a plumber.
Fortunately, I got hooked up with a guy from my church who is a plumber. He was able to replace it (and my neighbor’s) for me on Saturday. And since my roommate was home during the time, I was still able to go out of town as planned. That was the worst part of the entire thing – I was very afraid I was going to have to cancel my trip at one point. But I didn’t have to do that. And my boss was very understanding about life getting in the way of work even when I had two days off scheduled. I was able to get what I needed to get done finished while I was in on Thursday, so it all worked out. But boy was it stressful.