So after getting into my home, I realized there were a lot of idiosyncrasies that we had to learn about this home. each home has its own rhythm and the real test is how quickly we understand them and respond accordingly. I should have known that water would be a prevalent theme. When your home says this is my Achilles heel, it would be good to bring a foot doctor to the party.
When I first moved in, one of the great features in the house was a Jacuzzi. I loved that Jacuzzi. I loved water…I would sit in it for at least an hour a couple of times a day. That was doable since I work out of my house.
Then little projects started to spring up. We have basement that has a sump pump. Every year you want to make sure it works. You can go 8 months without it ever going on. The only way you know it is broken is when I fails to pump water out of the well. When that happens you get a flood. The first flood was 6 inches across the entire basement. We had a lot of items stored in cardboard boxes and that meant a lot of sentimental items were now lost do to water damage. The next year, we tested and found that we needed to replace it again. I remember when the electricity went off in our home, the sump pump could not work. The water tables were already incredibly high. I start emptying totes and doing a bucket brigade into the totes hoping that any moment the electricity would come back on and the water would naturally pump out of the house. I was just about physical wasted at 3:10am when the lights came on and the water started pumping out of the house. Now I have back -up units and a gas generator so that does not happen again.
A week later drips comes through the roof into our bedroom. Higher a guy to fix the roof and that is alleviated. Then leaks from behind the washing machine. Water was literally gushing through the walls. I called Upstate New York Plumbing and they saved the day. I am out of my depth in most things related to plumbing. I had a leak under my kitchen sink and tried to replace pipes three different times and never could get it to stop leasing. That is correct, I called my plumber again. I have him on speed dial for all of my emergencies.
Now I have a home where I know the rhythm and more importantly who to call so that I do not have to wake up in the middle of the night to walk on water. Usually very cold water.