Or "Captain Randy reenacts The Poseidon Adventure."
So, a short opening post and pics so some of you may benefit from my misery. Then I've got to get back to drinking.
The was one of those weekends when the universe conspired against me. First, Friday night we went downstair to pick out a movie. My daughter in her stocking feet said, "the floor's wet." We quickly determined that the water heater was leaking. It sat in the equipment room near the theater entry. And yes, the carpet was wet. We damped it up - didn't seem too bad, created a barrier around the water heater, and left it at that.
Bright and early Saturday I started making calls. By 8 P.M. we have a brand new, shockingly expensive tankless water heater installed in the 2nd utility room. The old 75 gallon tank is still sitting there until tomorrow - it's too leaky to move and they have to bring a special bag to haul it out.
With all the traffic over the carpet, we noticed it was getting wetter and wetter, so we pulled it up to discover that the pad was completely soaked. So I pulled the entire entry way carpet up and pulled up the pad. Not so bad.
Sunday morning (today). Checked things out - carpet drying nicely. The gas had been turned off during the install, so the furnace was off. I decided it was a good opportunity to clean the furnace filters, so I hauled them outside and hosed them down, then stuck the running hose in the hot tub. It was the first time I'd had the hose on all winter. I made a trip downstairs and . . .
There was a complete waterfall coming down the door seal at the theater entrance.
I was a complete moment of heart break. I sprinted back, yelling. My wife got the water off and we immediately began toweling and trying to isolate the gallons of water. I can't even talk about it right now.
I called in the pros with water extraction equipment and industrial strength dehumidifiers and fans. I'm just depressed and stunned. I'll know in about 3 days if that will be enough or if we'll have to start pulling down walls.
Here are a few pics - I'll post details as I have them.Cleaning up the water
Lessons for all of you: if you have a standard tank water heater, get it replaced before year 10 and go tankless if you can (there's a 30% government tax credit for tankless).
#2 - make sure you have frost-proof exterior faucets.