Humor in Plumbing Problems?

by | Aug 13, 2016 | Stories

Wouldn’t you know it?!  Right when we’re getting ready for a major trip, the hot water heater starts to leak.  This saga started to play out the end of last week and obviously was not good timing.  Nor was a new hot water heater in the travel budget….it never is.

We both kicked into high gear to find a plumber.  Angie’s List.  Townhouse neighborhood Angie’s List.  Home Depot, Lowe’s, Mendards, Google searches for local plumbers.  Scott talked to them all about our current 55 gallon unit and emailed several vendors pictures of the top of it so they would see the piping and venting etc.

Home Depot seemed to be the best bet.  Their price was better than others and they could get it installed through one of their contractors on Friday.  Done.  Good.  Or at least we thought until the 14 year old (or so he looked) arrived for the installation.  He assessed the situation and determined the PVC piping would require more than 5 turns and that was not compatible with their type of heater.

Back to the drawing board.  Quickly.  Quickly.  It’s Friday and we’re leaving on Tuesday morning.  Now what?  More calls!!!  More calls!!!  More research.  How can we possibly get this done on Monday?  Meanwhile, we aim the dehumidifier and the fan strategically toward the back of the water heater where the leak is heading in the direction of the adjacent carpeted bedroom.  We need to keep the moisture at bay.  Fortunately we were succeeding.

God Wink!  That’s what we say when good or unusual things happen….seemingly miraculous.  A plumber recommended by a neighbor returned Scott’s call on Friday afternoon.  Not only that, he was about 10 minutes away from our house and would stop by and take a look at our situation.

Bingo!  I think he’s our guy.  I have a good feeling.  He’s a little bit older and comes with probably many years of experience.  “Those younger whipper snapper plumbers just don’t know how to be creative” he said.  I thought to myself, “creative indeed.”  He is a HUGE man, actually looks pretty giant to me.  His shoes that he left at the front door had to be at least size 20.  My shoes would fit inside his probably about 3 times.  He would have to be creative just to fit into the space where our water heater is located and then there’s the tricky piping.  He actually talked about his size and how he could handle our large size water heater.  He’ll talk to his boss and should be able to get it scheduled and installed Monday afternoon.  Let’s hope this doesn’t fall through because an installation late Monday afternoon allows no other wiggle room before our trip.

Prayers continued all weekend that our own creativity with the fan and dehumidifier would continue to be effective.  We were in luck.  Mr. Huge Plumber arrived at 4:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon.  Remember we’re leaving Tuesday morning.  More prayers that the installation would happen without a hitch because we didn’t have any bonus time.

Mr. Huge Plumber was a gracious gentle giant (at least to me).  He was careful to lay down cloths over all flooring to insure no damage or dirt was left behind.  Finally at 6:30 p.m. he emerged from our lower level smiling with perspiration showing and announced he was done and we’d have hot water again at 7:30 p.m.  When the paperwork was complete and I’d written the check, he reached out and surprised me with a sweaty hug (eek);  after which he said to Scott with a big grin, “I hugged your wife.  Let me shake your hand Mr. Scott Lee.”

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