October 16, 2007
Learning to Keep My Mouth Shut
I'd been wondering if I'd end up with any more things to write about here, since I've been going for a month and a half now. Well, I got something.
I woke up at about 2:30 early Monday morning to what sounded like a leaking faucet. I almost decided it could wait until morning. But then I woke up a little more and realized that, while it still sounded like dripping water, it wasn't just a leaky faucet.
Turns out my water heater had sprung a leak and was in the process of covering my laundry room and bathroom floors with water. I called the emergency maintenance number (renting has its advantages) and started mopping.
Then I woke up a little more and realized I was going to be fighting an uphill battle until I shut the water off. Cut me some slack; 2:30 AM ain't my best time of day. Anyway, I got everything mopped up a few minutes before the guy showed up with a shop-vac to remove the water I'd already removed.
I've called the maintenance people's normal number to make sure they know about the leak (I'm not sure the answering service passes everything along, seeing as how they failed to give shop-vac guy my contact info) and am waiting to see what's going on with that.
And of all the things on my List of Stuff To Do at 3 AM, I'd say that cleaning up after an incontinent water heater is one of the least-fun of them.