Sunday, June 7, 2009

water woes

Excuse me while I vent some home owner frustrations UUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Ok I feel better. Zach and I will say without hesitation that we sometimes suck at life. Not all life just the 'how to be an adult and deal with things like, cars, insurance, bills, etc. life.' Well a doozy has just popped up in the May household. Apparently for the last year (and probably more) we have been paying WAAAAYYY too much for our water bill and would have kept right on paying if Zach hadn't thought to ask some friends how much their water bill is. Let's just say ours was about $80 more than theirs! You would think a water company would notice someone using 5 times the amount of water the average person does and come to investigate especially during a drought but OHHH NOOO!!!

Anyway, through this conversation we came to discover that we had a leak in the water pipe leading from the house to the meter. Oh joy of joys. After many conversations with our 'don't suck at life' handy man friends, 2 estimates,and a conversation with our insurance company who still has not decided if we are covered for this problem, we got the water main replaced. We were anxious to have the problem solved, especially since our house is on the market. Micah was beside himself with excitement yesterday as he watched the bulldozer dig a trench around our house. He kept saying, "look, it's eatin' the dirt!" A few hours later we assumed our problem was know what they say about assuming!

Last night when I pulled into our garage from going to the grocery store I heard a noise that sounded like water running (like the sound your toilet makes after you flush). Then we noticed the water spurting out of the faucets whenever we turned them on. So not it seems that because the water pressure is back up as it runs through the house it has now caused a leak under the slab. This will hopefully be solved by running pipes through the attic to the things that use water.

At this point Zach and I are listing the things God may be trying to teach us during this situation. Besides the fact that we have a house to begin with when so many others don't, we have focused on (1) what a blessing it is that he just started a new job with a paycheck that can help us cover this better, (2) that it is much better to find and fix this ourselves than have it found during the inspection for a 'maybe' buyer, and (3) that neither one of us have freaked out about the annoyance and expense. This technically isn't our house. We are just stewards and are praying God has planned for us to take care of this situation for the next owners before we can move on to a new place.

In the meantime, don't be surprised if I show up at your doorstep with two dirty boys and a car full of laundry :)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

James 1:2-3


  1. Welcome to the neighborhood! Apparently all the pipes in the subdivision are defective. We have talked to a few other neighbors who have had this problem before and a couple in the past month. You would think our water company would notice everyone over here had a huge bill, like we a builing a neighborhood lake! Funny one of the guys just ran his new water line on top of the ground like a water hose. That's fine until it gets cold I guess!:)