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Kids thought it was fun, but the family’s get together got expensive!

 

I am really lucky to have all my family really close and we can all get together for every holiday. But, today didn't go quite as planned! You see, my sister is a day care owner and the basement of her house is a treasure trove of play toys. So, the kids really enjoy going there every chance they get.

But, today after dinner was served and dishes were being washed, for some reason the hot water pressure dropped in the kitchen. My sister didn't think anything of it, but when her husband turned on the water, he knew something was wrong and ran downstairs to the basement to see the kids laughing and splashing in the ½ inch of warm water on the floor.

A pipe off the hot water, in the wall (of course), had burst and flooded the basement and the kids just thought it was fun, they didn't realize something was wrong. Then, for the next three hours, all the grown ups got to use the wet/dry vacuum, use up all the towels in the house, and cut holes in the wall to find the broken pipe.

My poor brother in law had a very expensive problem on his hands that is looking like it was caused by too much pressure on the pipe. Lucky for him, we had a plumber over for dinner and he was able to give us a break down of what had happened and what needs to be done to fix it. But, being Sunday night and Easter, not a lot of stores that carry the pipes we needed were open.

But, that is cleaned up and Easter is over. I'm just grateful we have each other and we were all able to be there to help. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter with their families and continue to have a wonderful year.


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Comment balloon 27 commentsRespect Realty LLC • March 24 2008 12:21AM

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Yikes, Todd!  That is a rough (but very funny) experience.  If I were a kid, I don't think I would have complained either.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago
Lucky thing he had a plumber over.
Posted by Ryan Vivo, NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894 (Gateway Realty) over 10 years ago

Todd:  Just think how horrible it would have been if all of you had been at another one of your relative's homes when the pipe broke, and then came home to a basement with four feet of water in it.  Take care...

Actually... the pipe breaking was God punishing you for eating the Easter Bunny.  LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Geeze, you too! oh my KAS...eating the Easter Bunny...were you going somewhere with that??? LOL :-)

as I have to type monstera...

Posted by Karen Monsour, REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert! (Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach) over 10 years ago

What?  Todd ate the Easter Bunny?  That's just wrong, Todd!

Maybe everyone should invite plumbers over for every holiday...

Posted by Marlene Scheffer, Realtor to Kitsap County, WA (Realty Station) over 10 years ago
What are the odds a plumber would be there?  I am sure he will be telling the story of the children having fun while the flood was coming.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Todd, it looks like you all had a "swimming good time"! LOL

What an awful thing to happen. I'm just glad the kids didn't get burned.

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 10 years ago
Todd, it's so great to number a plumber among one's friends!  Most of my quirky old pipes have been replaced, but you never know!
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Hi Todd,
I suppose the good news is it was discovered soon than later and it was a basement not under a slab!
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 10 years ago

Sorry, I can't stick around and comment to everyone this morning, but I will try later. But, here is the link to eating the easter bunny http://activerain.com/blogsview/252038/My-Easter-Dinner-1982.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Todd

What a mess that had to be.

Sincerely

Tom braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago
These things only happen at inconvenient times. Just be glad you don't have to pay for it!!
Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Todd,

If having a treasure trove of toys in the house qualifies for having a day care, I'm ready to open!!! Thanks,   Fran

P.S. These are the times we talk about for years to come...unpleasant, but memorable!!! LOL

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago
What a mess, but at least there was a plumber in the house.  Thank heavens for small favors, I suppose.
Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

Priceless - it will be an Easter the kids remember forever.   And a plumber on site no less!  Would this be covered by insurance?   Still a mess!

Posted by Judi Glamb, Associate Broker, ABR (Coldwell Banker Hearthside) over 10 years ago

Todd - you know, you will all look back on this and laugh - especially the kids.  It could have been So much worse; imagine if this had happened while they were on vacation for two weeks - they would have come home to a moldy moldy mess!

These are the kinds of things that those of us without an extended family miss out on.  My brother lives 3000 miles away near Seattle, haven't seen him in 13 years...my hubby's sister is 1000 miles away in St. Louis and we only get together once every couple of years.  Our parents are gone, and we went to Perkins for brunch yesterday...my youngest ended up socking my son in the nose, and I couldn't stop laughing while Daddy was trying to lecture sternly...then we came home.  The dog was waiting, no burst pipes (but our basement has flooded many times in the past)...just quiet and uneventful.

Sometimes, I wish we had some family to share events with - even if it's something like this.

*sigh*

Sorry, I'm worn out after being on a chocolate sugar high yesterday!  LOL 

Posted by Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales (Davis R. Chant, REALTORS) over 10 years ago
Todd, thank goodness you all were having dinner at their house; it would be awful to come home to feet of water.
Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 10 years ago
 
Yo-Yo-Yo-Yo Yow!
Hear me talk!
 What are the odds a plumber would be there- guess it is all in the timing.
Posted by MAUREEN STACCATO over 10 years ago

Jason - The kids thought this was the coolest daycare ever and wanted to come to my sisters everyday.

Ryan - He helped stop the problem, but it was sad that nothing was open.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Karen S - It was my sisters house and she didn't know anything about the bunny until this year, she was 8 at the time and my grandfather didn't tell her what we were having.

Karen M - The Easter bunny story was from last year. Let's just say my grandfather had a sense of humor he passed on to me.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Marlene - It was wrong, but when I was 12, it was funny!

Randy - They are still talking about it a year later wondering if we can go back to the daycare.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Linda - I'm glad they didn't get burned either. Had the pipe broke in that room rather than the next I'm sure they would have.

Patricia - Your whole house has been replaced, not because you wanted it to, but it did!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Cynthia - Oh, I can't even imagine had it been a pipe under a slap, dry wall can be replaced.

Tom - It really was, every toy in the house was drenched along with every kid.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Jennifer - I'm just glad we had a good dinner and the stove didn't break... I don't like missing out on food, as you have seen. (LOL)

Fran - We seem to have enough stories already, so they can stop now.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Jesse - All he could do was shut off the water though, he couldn't fix it that day because of all the stores being closed.

Judi - Yes, it was covered by the insurance, thank goodness, it cost nearly $8,000 to fix everything and get the place cleaned up.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Karen - It has been just over a year and that is exactly what we remember is the kids laughing and splashing and not the actual mess and clean up.

Debbie - I'm not sure it would have happened if my sister hadn't been washing dishes at the time, but you just never know.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Maureen - It really was, he knew exactly where the shut off for that pipe was.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

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