Thursday, 28 December 2017

What a day, a flood!

Just when we thought things were settling down...
6:30 a.m. – Izzy woke, her alarm had been on for Christmas Day. She wanted to snuggle with mommy upstairs. Daisy's eye was getting worse, with yellowy discharge.
8:30 –  JB phoned the vet, they said bring her in at 9:30.
8:45 –  I put bacon under the broiler, for our breakfast.

8:55  – I hear a cry from the basement. Hubby, fetching the cat carrier, noticed the hot water heater was gushing water. GUSHING! Caitlin fetches JL, my S-I-L, from his slumber. Man your battle stations! There is kitty litter everywhere, now clay.

9:02  – I phoned Reliance, hubby dug out a bill before leaving, after 15 minutes I hung up. I'd remembered to turn off the bacon. Hubby remembered the bacon on his way to the vet, but his cell phone was dead. The girls were hungry, I had them make their own toast, as we were up and downstairs all day.

9:15  – JL was on the job, with towels. Caitlin was moving boxes to the garage, suitcases, etc., to in front of the fireplace. We moved the dehumidifier into the room. The cold storage room was drenched. All our boxes are ruined.
JL visited Antarctica in November!

I managed to cook the bacon, and we all had some.

9:19 –  I tried our local HVAC guy. He said talk to Reliance first. It should be covered.
9:20  – Back to Reliance, on hold.
9:30  – They accidentally hung up on me.
Caitlin was a trooper, in her jammies.

Meantime, the kids cleaned up. I remember our shop vac, which had kitty litter in it. Long story, best not told. JL set it up this way for the day.

9:50  – "Your patience is appreciated!" hah. Finally, I got Helen said they'd forward the info to a local subcontractor. They would call back within 3 hours.
Hubby arrived home with Daisy, who has new meds, and more pain killers.
We had lunch. The kids made a fort in the basement.

We kept the fire going, as the basement was cold. Grampa fetched some videos from the store. Some of us didn't get dressed.
Josee and Hooper
are having a lovefest!
1:00  – Called Reliance back, after lunch, Barbara looked into it. Josh called from Dream Air, which has a limited presence online. We thought about shutting off the power, and the valve was off.
It dripped all day. We spent the day sucking up the water from the tank. I remembered to open the hot water tap upstairs, and it slowly leaked ALL DAY.
They will be here at 7:00 a.m. Thursday to replace the tank.

Outside, it was bitterly cold. Hubby looked after his critters. We played a card game.
JL made us a roast beef dinner while we went up and downstairs checking the tank.
I am exhausted, after the furnace died last month...



Olga Hebert said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about this household disaster. These things seem to happen at inopportune times and also in clusters.

Karen said...

Oh Jenn, I'm so sorry for all the troubles you are having.

Cloudia said...

Bless you Dear!

Nancy J said...

what a day, but how wonderful it happened when the family were staying. Hope all is fixed and you are back to normal.XXX

Christine said...

wow, so glad you noticed the flooding, what a day. And glad you cat got better meds.

Christine said...

so terrible about the flooding at this time of year too. Glad your cat got new meds.

Red said...

Hot water tanks are the worst experience I've had. My daughter went to school and I had to look after hers too. What an ordeal to go through for a hot water heater.

Anvilcloud said...

Oh boy! So stressful. It happened to us one Christmas -- well, the kids, but we were there at the time. They came quicker though.

William Kendall said...

That is a disaster!

David Gascoigne said...

What a disaster! Just what you need for the holidays.