annabelle & lydia and the reluctant UPS man

you may find it a tad ironic that the same day i posted about life’s highlights, a pipe blew in our house. naturally. i must tell you, i shudder to think what could have happened. i had only been home for about an hour & was working in the studio when i heard the horrifying sound of water bursting in from somewhere. i ran in & saw our downstairs bath was spewing hot water. rapidly. so i yelled for savannah to call dan because in all life’s crisis there’s 911 and then there’s the “call dad NOW” option. i couldn’t turn the valves off under the sink. the one with the hot water spewing everywhere. so i ran outside. as i was running outside looking like a crazy women because let me tell you now friends. i love my hardwood floors. it’s probably unhealthy how much i love my hardwoods. i also have an irrational fear of bursting pipes and flooding of aforementioned hardwoods.

so i’m running outside & i pass our UPS guy, not our usual UPS guy, as i am lifting the cover thingy so i can turn off the water to the house. i know it’s super tight & since i don’t have the bar key thingie¬†i know i might not get it turned off. so as i wiz past the UPS dude i am yelling, “PLEASE HELP ME MY HOUSE IS FLOODING” . which in hindsight might have been a bit much but seriously, we all know how fast water damage happens & i honestly wasn’t sure what was happening. would another pipe burst? oh my. so dude looks at me blanky and says flatly “call your water company”. “PLEASE JUST HELP ME turn this knob, i can’t get it”.

for your visual, i’m on my knees in my cute white jeans trying desperately to turn off the water to the house while UPS guy stands there like “what”? three times. i kid you not. i beg him to help me. i’m pretty sure i got another “call your water company” line before he finally reaches in & instantly turns the knob. hallelujah. i say thank you & wiz back in. by this time smk has “called her dad” and he’s on his way & she’s mopping up the water. 12 towels later.

ya’ll if i had not been here i can NOT imagine how quickly the entire downstairs would have flooded. that entire scenario with the UPS dude couldn’t have lasted 3 minutes. and i had 12 towels ( mostly large beach towels) sopping wet. & poor brinkley would have been here. and what happens when water gets in the outlets? oh my heavens.

well ya’ll probably don’t want all the details. well i actually already gave you all the details, but a good samaritan helped us get things under control until our regular plumber could arrive the next day.

blown pressure valve + blown reservoir thingie on our hot water heater =blown ( already cheaply repaired by previous owners) pipe under bathroom sink. thanking the lord over & over that i was here and that i knew how to cut off the water to the house and even for slowpoke, didn’t want to do anything out of his job description UPS dude.

aren’t you thankful you just gave up 5 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back to read about my water problems? i’m so sorry…

i posted these images of sisters a few weeks ago but when my site got hacked my host provider needed to restore my wordpress back a few posts, so i lost the original post.¬†these little sisters were so precious to work with. they had driven in from alabama that morning. gone to Mary Poppins at the Fox theater for what turned out to be close to 4 hours ( technical delays). met me at downtown, change outfits multiple times, all before eating dinner. i have worked with adults that weren’t that cheerful and i bet that had full tummies! ha!

May 10, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Sandy Jacobson - Dearest Paige, so sorry to hear about your pipe bursting. You were blessed to be home when it happened. Good thinking on your behalf to shut that water off as quickly as possible. I don’t know what to say about the UPS Guy, he’s real thinker, huh. Hope your “cute white jeans” are ok . . I’m the same way when it comes to my clothes getting destroyed. Thank God for the beach towels too. Blessings :O)

May 10, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Ann - May the curse of bad pipes not be yours. My mother seems to have awful water karma. Flooding in almost every house she’s lived in.

May 10, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Peggy - OH Paige, honey, wow!! Hmm was he a Yankee? I say that because I’m married to a Yankee and sometimes they take a bit to get into motion, you know think the whole scenario through type situation… however he does typically move quicker than your UPS man. And the floors are alright? Thank the Lord, you were home! Isn’t it wonderful how the Lord directs our paths?! (however i have to admit i sometimes pray for a burst pipe because i so do NOT like our floor we had put in when we had the addition built two years ago. they show every single speck of dirt and smudge horribly! with 3 teen boys and a HUGE dog with big feet… I just ignore them. yes i know, (written while shaking head in “shame” my momma would be so sad….) )

How did your cute white jeans fare? Take care now dear! Have a wonderful weekend! Oh have I got news to share with you!!

May 10, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Sharon - There is a product on the market called a “Water Cop”. My hubs got it and mostly installed it himself except for a shutoff valve. Each bathroom (4), laundry room, near the refrigerator,under sinks, etc. has a little pronged sensor. If water EVER touches those prongs, the water valve thing shuts off. I know it works because a chip of ice fell on the prong by the fridge and turned the water off in the whole house! Something to consider if you have plumbing problems…..

May 11, 2013 - 9:45 am

Tracey H. - I am so sorry this happened to y’all!! Glad you were home and the hardwoods were saved:0) Please consider this blog post a public service announcement for me at least, I had no idea where to turn off the water in our house if this were to happen, so when my hubs got home we had a little class of where it was and what to do!! Knowing me, I’ll still panic, flag down neighbors but I’m hoping it will be my regular UPS man, he would help:0)

May 11, 2013 - 9:48 am

jodi - Oh, my dear, Paige!!! What a mess, but in the end it all worked out and you are so lucky that you were home. HUGS!!!


May 12, 2013 - 4:53 am

Jill - So GLAD I gave up 5 minutes of my night to read your retelling of your experience! I hope your white jeans are still white, and I so would have been with you sacrificing everything for those wood floors! Plumbing problems are such a pain. We are bombarded with them ourselves right now (with my wood laminate popping up all over the place), and sometimes I just wish there was a pipe fairy or something. Hope this incident was the end of your troubles in that area!

May 12, 2013 - 7:07 am

tara - it’s my great pleasure to give up 5 minutes to read your water story.
SO grateful you were there!!! SO grateful SMK was there.
SO grateful UPS dude finally got a clue.
geez. he needs to be grateful it was you and not me that had to ask him 3 times to help.

have i told you about the sewage explosion in one of our houses about 7 years ago?
andy was on a mission trip and i was at the grocery store with our boys, then 5 and 3.
came home to 600 gallons of RAW sewage…it destroyed the home. thankfully, the city did it when they were cleaning the lines, so they bought the house 5 months after we were displaced.

QUESTION of the day:: are the floors okay?

May 13, 2013 - 9:55 am

Heather - Oh my goodness, I’m glad you were home to stop the water. I don’t know if I would have remembered to go to the water meter out front to turn off the water. A call to my husband would have beeen made if I couldn’t get the water off inside and then mostly running in circles I’m afraid. (Previous water experience to base this on.) I have to admit I was laughing a the dramatic re-telling and the slow UPS man. The pictures of the girls are beautiful.