It’s never a good thing when you say something to your husband that makes him bolt out of the room. This morning, that something was “Darnit, the shower never got hot for me this morning”.
Seconds later, I joined Jack in the garage to drag a mountain of soaking wet boxes and other house stuff away out of our utility room in the garage. Turns out the hot water heater had burst. Sigh.
This time, I did what we forgot to do when our water main burst over the winter: I found the paperwork for our home warranty and called them first. While Jack worked on shutting off the water, I called their customer service line and gave them all the details. Hopefully sometime today, we’ll have a plumber on their way out to fix the problem or recommend a new one. And all but the $100 deductible will be covered by the warranty. Not how we wanted to spend our Memorial Day, but it is what it is.
So a friendly word of advice: if you are thinking about buying an old home, spend the $400-500 on a warranty. (Or ask the sellers to buy one for the first year as part of the deal.) When things in the house are this old, you never know what’s going to go *pppffftttt* and when.