Monday, February 16, 2009

Trouble in the basement

Well, I had a great weekend. But then Monday morning hit me square in the face at 5:45 a.m.

(Water pooling around the furnace)

I happened to go downstairs to get some clothes to wear for work this morning, which was fortunate, because I don't always have to get stuff out of the dryer in the morning. Today I did, and I'm glad I was there. I noticed our furnace kept trying to ignite, then shut off, then ignite, then shut off. So I fiddled around with it for a while and no luck. Pete lost his cell phone (for the millionth time) and I couldn't get a hold of him, and he had just left for work like 15 min. before that. And it was starting to get cold in the house. I was super worried the pipes would burst because of the temps dropping all morning from no heat. On top of all that, I noticed a pool of water by the furnace, and the fact that the water was causing the furnace to shut off. And where was the water coming from? The hot water heater, of course! Yay!

(Water leaking from the hot water heater)

So I called my dad and he advised me a bit. Then Pete finally got my message at work and called home, and tried to help. After a while I was able to shut the hot water tank off to stop the leaking, sopped up the water with some towels, and the furnace fired up again. But the furnace activity has been spotty. I'm still worried it might shut off at any moment until that water is totally dry, so here I am at home, taking a day off when I can't really afford to (I only have 4 vacation days left to add to my 5-week severance now). I figure I'll job hunt and get some work done around here since I'm stuck home til Pete gets here to fix the hot water heater. But it's irritating all the same, between running downstairs to check on the furnace and clean up the water, and trying to look for work online when there's NOTHING out there right now. Plus I'm still trying to shake this annoying cold, so I'm not exactly peppy.

All in all, a great start to the week. I guess I should be happy cuz I would have been cleaning out my cube today and packing up my stuff. And I have LOTS of cleaning to do here. But I'm not happy...


drollgirl said...

what a horrible morning!!! but i am glad your dad and your hub were able to help. i hope it all gets fixed and will be ok. hang in there. LAME DAY for you, for sure!

Char said...

crap - sorry you have to deal with this. hope it got better.

Alyssa said...

That stinks. What a way to start the day:( But, it could have been worse if it was left unchecked! Always look on the bright side;)