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January 28th, 2009

Last night, as we were getting ready to go to bed, Joe was making sure all the doors were locked like he always does when he discovered water all over the laundry room floor. It was like our own mini flood. Apparently something in the water heater burst. It wasn’t that way when I got home from work – I pass through the laundry room coming in from the garage – so it happened sometime while we were home but we didn’t hear anything.

Luckily my boss is laid back and didn’t have a problem with me working from home today while waiting for a plumber since Joe had important things to cover at work.

$1100 to replace the water heater (it was 11 years old so it was due). Can you believe it? The equipment itself is worth $400 – it’s the labor that costs so much. At least the plumber was a good one – very courteous and knowledgeable. It’s always my fear when hiring someone that they are going to be incompetent, rude, or both. He was neither.

If we were living in our “forever home”, I’d totally get one of those tankless water heaters. They are more expensive initially, but they are more energy efficient and have a much longer warranty. Plus if you get a higher capacity model, two people can take a nice hot shower simultaneously. That would be nice on the weekends we have the kids and four people are trying to get ready to go on an outing.

I’m just happy to be able to take a shower again! One morning without one and I already felt disgusting.

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  1. Jenniyb
    January 29th, 2009 at 09:01 | #1

    It’s things like an $1100 bill that ALMOST make me want to rent. Glad you got it fixed, what a pain.

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