When last I left you, a whole week ago, we once again had power (which meant water and heat, too) and decent access down the half mile driveway to freedom. We had a working septic pump that is just awaiting a permanent connection to a new above-ground 220v pedestal. We had used this last week to chain saw and trim back the leftover branches and trees so that the driveway was nearly ready for the next storm. We were so very thankful!
Then a few days ago, we noticed that the heat wasn’t shutting off…the thermostat was set at 68, but the temperature in the house kept climbing. And then suddenly, no hot water. Uh-oh…
Let me just add here that we don’t have a “real” basement. A real basement was planned when the house was built 20+ years ago, but the granite ledge upon which the house is located proved to be more than the builders were prepared to deal with. So, we have a “half” basement. We can go down into the basement and it is bigger than a crawl space. But you can’t stand. You have to walk folded over in half. And that is where the furnace and hot water heater (among other things) live. It takes something major to willingly descend “down there”. But descend we did, with little flashlights in hand. The problem was immediately discernible as soon as we arrived, as there was a small, but steady stream of water dripping from one of the pipes that fed the hot water heater. A call to our favorite plumber confirmed that we needed pipe work. He made a list of needed parts and turned off the furnace. So, although we did have water, which is a wonderful thing, we did not have heat or hot water. Again. I should be thankful that this is all happening before real winter sets in, but I am hoping that this marks the last of our “issues”.
Now it is Tuesday morning and I am getting ready for a nice, hot shower in my nice warm bathroom in my nice warm house. Once again, I am so very thankful.