I left work last Friday with a short list of weekend “work to dos” and eagerly anticipated BOTH some reading and writing time for myself. By the time I arrived home, I had my plan of attack. Two tasks Friday night, one for Saturday and one for Sunday. Piece of cake. Time allocated. (Planning for a win/win)
However, it was not meant to be.
I had not even backed into my parking spot in front of the garage when I was intercepted and told, “Oh, no, it’s a mess!”
I remembered the frozen water line to the master bath toilet the night before. We put a heater in the bathroom, turned the sink water on and waited. No luck. I left a note before I was off to work and texted to make sure that the note was received. Out of my hands.
Hopeful that the dripping sink would help open up the cold water line
As I unloaded my bags from the car and walked to the house, I wondered, “Was it the water line? Something else? Maybe our dog made a mess?”
If it was the water line, just how much water will drip from one frozen water line?
Cold weather causes many difficulties. A week of subzero temperatures where the HIGH for two consecutive days was below zero, had resulted in a frozen water line to the toilet in the master bath. Simple? It’s a one story house. Durable? Yes. Walls are 8 inches of concrete surrounded by 2 inches of styrofoam on both the inside and outside (12 inch thick walls). The water line was inside an interior wall.
Not the first time! Frozen water line in the kitchen about five years ago resulted in a patch in the hallway.
The patched seam in the hallway was more distinct because I could see it from the front door. There was water on the kitchen floor (about a half inch) and varying depths in the two bathrooms, the master bedroom and closet and the guest bedroom. Water was everywhere but the living room!
Water, everywhere . . .
An industrial shop vacuum with help from neighbors quickly pulled 60 gallons of water off the floor.
Water in my shoes,
Cold, wet, tired,
And weekend plans hijacked.
How much water can come from one burst half inch water line?
4 more dumps of the 16 gallon cannister on the industrial shop vacuum.
Where on earth can all this water come from?
Fans deployed in every room.
Cold, Tired, Wet!
Suddenly, a crash
And this was the view of the ceiling in the bathroom . . . .
Drywall on the floor.
Exhaust fan hanging . . .
No tasks completed Friday night.
Saturday a trip to Menard’s for plumbing supplies and replacement insulation. More water vacuumed off the floor. Sorting, pitching, cleaning. Sunday was a repeat of Saturday.
No tasks completed Saturday or Sunday.
Changed plans and no reading or writing. Time for a new plan . . .
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