Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Damn It, I Want A Shower.

So, Sunday night I was without electricity. And today, I get to be without water! The fun just keeps on coming!

Yeah. I seem to have a leaking pipe somewhere. Presumably in the front wall of the house, or maybe under the floor, I don't know. All I know is that I suddenly realized that there's a spot on my bedroom carpet that is absolutely soaked, and we haven't had any rain. Closer inspection revealed more spots of wet carpet along that same wall, and wetness around the front of the house. Joy. And, of course, I discovered this right before bed last night.

Fortunately, thanks to an annoying-but-helpful video on YouTube, I was able to figure out how to shut off the water, so it won't get any worse. Which is good, because I'm stuck at work all day today and probably won't be able to get a plumber in before tomorrow. It was fun trying to do that in the dark, though, especially because my water shutoff mechanism appears to be situated smack in the biggest patch of goatheads in New Mexico. Ow, ow, ow.

Sigh. It's not like I didn't already have a huge list of annoying, time-consuming, and expensive things that needed to be done in the next few weeks, or anything. Or like I was hoping to get up to Albuquerque tomorrow to do some badly needed shopping and maybe treat myself to a movie. Or like I actually need water in the house, right? Naaaah.



  1. At least you weren't without power and water at the same time!

  2. Aaaargh. I don't know what it is about plumbing problems, but I only ever seem to discover them at bed-time, too.

    I hope you can get a plumber in early tomorrow, and that the problem turns out to be just a small one....

  3. Fred: Yeah, I guess there's always a bright side!

    Paul: Bedtime, and/or in the middle of the three-day weekend, is my usual experience.

    The plumber will be here first thing tomorrow. I've also called my homeowner's insurance company. With any luck, maybe they'll reimburse me for the repair. I'm not optimistic about it being a small problem, though. Possibly any problem buried under a house-sized slab of concrete is by definition a big one...