Today we discovered a water leak in our house! Although this could be considered un-lucky, it turns out that we were actually very lucky!
Our living room carpet was soaked! Yet, our plumber arrived within the hour, and boy did he know his trade!
Since the leak was not visible, the first thing he did was to listen for the leak. The next thing he did was to study the plumbing layout of the house. After assessing the site, he concluded that the leaky pipe would be found under the foundation. Bad news if this turned out to be the case. Expensive, messy, time consuming, it was everything that we did not want.
To zero in on the leak, he had to cut a hole in the sheet rock. Un-lucky? Well, not really because he made the cut with the precision of a laser so that it will be easy to repair.
Finally, there it was. The copper pipe was exposed. The leak, it turns out, was just above the foundation! Our plumber, Bobby, still had to use various tools to cut away some of the framing wood in order to reach that part of the plumbing that needed to be replaced. Three hours later, a new section of pipe had been soldered into place. Thank you, Bobby! A thoughtful and competent young man, we are grateful for his skillful handling of our problem and for his mastery of his trade.
Next, we were left with the aftermath of the leak. We had to deal with that soggy carpet! Un-lucky? Again, luck seemed to be on our side on this day. A friendly young woman sent us a capable young man who operated the water extraction machine with practiced ease. The steam cleaning machine left us with what looked like a brand new carpet!
Yes, to answer your question, it did cost us a small bundle. But, unlucky? No, because it was all resolved in one day, and therefore, we consider it well worth the time and money that we spent. We had thought about replacing the carpet with flooring in the last quarter of 2019 but we ended up delaying that project for some reason. If we had installed the new flooring last year, it would have been ruined by February 2020.
So, in the end, we won! After all, our home is our castle and sometimes life happens and you have to focus on those pesky little problems that divert our attention from the activities we would rather be doing, like writing.