Our wedding weekend was super fun (you can read about it here) and had a great road trip back on Monday. After unpacking and doing a load or two of laundry, I needed to shower off that travel grime. You know what I’m talking about- that feeling where you feel dirty from sitting in a car/airplane/train/bus for a long period of time. Even though it was our own car, I still felt I had the grime. So around 11:30pm I decide it’s time to jump in the shower. As soon as I step out, I hear the hubs calling from the kitchen, “Hey Tina.” Super calm voice. “Can you come in here a minute? And bring a towel with you?” Huh. Not a normal request, but I was thinking he might have dropped a dish in the kitchen and needed help cleaning it up.
I grabbed an old ratty towel and walked into the kitchen. I don’t know why he was so calm. There was water covering the floor of our laundry room. Covering. I would say about half an inch. Matt would say I exaggerated, so let’s say about 1/4 of an inch of water. Where did it come from? Oh, that super huge water heater we have right next to the washer and dryer. Perfect.
Considering it was late, we had just finished a long road trip, and I was ready to go to bed, we reacted pretty well. Not stressed; we actually laughed before we started mopping it up. And I would say that would be rule number one when it comes to your water heater breaking. Just start laughing.
So what exactly do you do when your water heater leaks a few gallons of water and doesn’t plan to stop? After the first step (laughing) here’s what to do:
Step 2: Turn off the water supply. You don’t want the water heater filling back up with water as you are mopping it off the floor.
Step 2: Attach a hose to the valve toward the bottom of the tank. This will drain the rest of the water from the heater so it doesn’t start leaking again. Of course, as new home owners, we haven’t bought a hose yet. (Don’t worry- we just ordered one off Amazon). So we had to use a bucket. Not the most time-efficient method. If you have a hose, use it.
Step 3: Start mopping up that water! We used towels, a mop, and buckets. Our grass in the backyard got some good watering that night.
Step 4: Call your home insurance company, or even better, if you have a home warranty, call them. We had the sellers buy us a one year home warranty at closing. They had a 24-hour service call center and were able to schedule someone to come out and replace our heater the next afternoon. AND we only paid the $100 deductible and that’s it. The warranty company paid for the new heater, installation, labor- everything! Thank goodness. Some water heaters and installation can be around $700!
We keep learning all these new things about our home. Like how to paint cabinets, how to make our carpet smell better, how to trim a tree, and how to stop a water heater from leaking. What adventures we have had so far- and it hasn’t even been one year yet!