Don't try this at home.

Last night, Shauna and I were baffled by a lack of water pressure throughout the house. Fearing the worst, I ran downstairs to check the main only to find no sign of leaks. I couldn't find any obvious sources of water, so I called the water district and we went to bed.

This morning, the water guy came out and found the source of the leak: a burst pipe for the sprinkler system. The pipe probably froze some time ago and just now thawed with the warmer weather we've been getting. Apparently Dopey McNumbskull (that's me) had no idea that you find and turn off a special valve just before winter to make sure that kind of thing doesn't happen. I'll add that to the list of "things we must repair by late April but don't really have the money for."

A house really should come with an owner's manual for us n00bs.

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6 Responses to Don't try this at home.

  1. Bill Fox says:

    that is called an education and you have to pay for it. Where did the pipe break? If it is in the PVC (plastic) pipe (most sprinkler systems are) it is real easy to fix. I could instruct you over the phone

  2. Bobbie says:

    Better yet I could instruct you in person. πŸ™‚

    Give me a call and Jer and I could come over.

  3. Jenn says:

    Aw that sucks! Luckily I had my sprinklers put in after I moved in and the guy made sure I knew you had to turn the water off to prevent the pipes from freezing. See what happens when you grow up in a warm climate? Let me know if you need help!

  4. Mike says:

    Our toilet refiller got put on full blast and was leaking water on to the floor. The upside was that after a flush, the tank would be full in 5.6 seconds.

    Not the same as a busted sprinkler pipe, but…you know.

    (Silly Nevada people…)

  5. Jason says:

    I can’t help you, but I can offer some cake.

  6. Kristi says:

    I love owning a condo πŸ™‚
    But seriously, that sucks. My main line into my water heater burst at 1:00am. THAT was expensive. We should take plumbing classes together.

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