If you go on a vacation, maybe we shouldn’t tell the house how long you will be gone!

by Larre Green on July 13, 2011

I just got back from a glorious week at a family lake house.  Had a blast!  Played golf, swam and skied.  However, I think my house wasn’t very happy that I left because while I was gone one of my pipes decided to get even with me for leaving by blowing up and pouring hot boiling water under my house for several days.  Why didn’t the hot water just run out you ask?  Well several years ago, I had this brilliant idea of replacing my hot water tanks with a system that is continuous…which is great until a pipe breaks and it never shuts off!   Well as anyone could imagine, boiling water underneath hardwood floors isn’t the best combination.  Yep, all floors have buckled and the floors underneath the carpet are destroyed as well.

As horrible as this was, my attitude was actually prepared earlier for this.  When driving home, I had the chance to drive through Joplin, Missouri and see firsthand the true devastation that occurred when on May 22nd, a one and one-half mile tornado tore through the heart of the city killing at least 24 people.   As I thought about that, that really put everything into perspective.  Yes, I may have a huge inconvenience on my hands, but that’s really all it is.

That being said, I really do wonder, the pipe could have burst any time but why did it choose to blow while I was gone?   I think next time I go out of town, I will tell my house that I may return every day just to check on it.  At this point….even the crazy idea is worth trying!

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