Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Walker and I ran downstairs screaming to Mike, who had fallen asleep in his chair watching golf. I told him something had broken and I could hear water rushing in the walls.
Me: "How do we turn the water off to the house???"
Mike: "I don't know...what? Why? What happened?"
Me: "HOW DO WE TURN THE WATER OFF TO THE HOUSE???"
Mike: "What did you do?"
Then as water begins to gush from the light fixtures and the ceiling, around the hall door, he finally understood why I was asking.
And neither of us had any idea how to stop it. It was an awful feeling. I was hysterical for about 4 minutes - couldn't find my cell phone, didn't know what to do, imagining the floor just completely collapsing and my house floating away.
Then I regrouped, called my mom and asked her what to do, couldn't think of my dad's phone number, even though it's in my phone, sweet, smart Walker ran next door all on his own and told the neighbors we needed help. No one knew how to turn off the water, so I called 911. The fire department came 8 minutes later and walked right in the house, opened the closet door under the stairs, and turned the knob on the floor.
So basically it rained inside our house for about 15 minutes. On our wood floors. Through the ceiling. We're in the midst of cleaning everything up now. My house is filled with dehumidifiers, dryers, drying mats...and on and on. Lucy doesn't know what to think about what's going on. With the noise and the constant people coming in and out of the house.
Lesson #1: Know where to find the main source of water to your house and how to turn it off. Lesson #2: Hire a plumber
Do you know how to turn the water off at your house? After telling this story to friends and co-workers, several people have said, "I don't know either." Go home tonight and figure it out if you don't. You'll be glad you did if something like this happens to you!