Monday, December 3, 2012

Two Things I Learned From Last Night's Sump Pump Crisis

Last night our sump pump stopped working. Scary, I know. Luckily "J" noticed before the basement started to flood. After panicked call to my dad & a quick trip to Canadian Tire, we had it fixed within a mater of hours. But there are two important things I learned while tackling the sump pump crisis...

1 // What a sump pump is and why it is so important. I have never lived in a house that had a sump pump so I had no clue why "J" was so concerned when he told me it was broken. So it keeps our basement from flooding? Ok, it's pretty important then!

2 // Home Depot closes at 6:00pm on a Sunday... so does Rona... and same with Lowes. Luckily trusty Canadian Tire was open until 9:00pm.

Have you ever had an important piece of equipment in your home stop working?
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9 comments:

  1. Does the internet count as a piece of equipment?? lol I turn into a rage machine when it's not working!!

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  2. Yes it does! I am usually filled with rage when it runs slow... kind of like this: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/no_internet

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  3. What! your Canadian tire is open till 9pm! Not fare! Our Home Depot is open till 8pm though :)


    Can't believe your sump pump went in your new home! Good thing you had a good handy man who noticed right away.

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  4. Gah! Jealous your Home Depot is open until 8! It was 4 years old (assuming the previous owners never replaced it...), so there was a chance it could go at anytime... The only reason "J" noticed was because he was in the basement doing his laundry... yes, my man does his own laundry! lol ;)

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  5. Oh gosh, this IS scary!! When we had a plumber come in to fix something unrelated, he noticed a soft pipe was about to burst and if we had left it, we might have flooded our basement too. It was fixed before any problems which was a huge "whew". Scary business!

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  6. Thank goodness you averted any water damage! That would have been awful. Our sewer drains had to be replaced and we lived without a toilet/water for almost a week and right after that the furnace died. The adventures of living in a century home!

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  7. Great catch by the plumber - nobody likes a flooded basement!

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  8. Yes, very happy we caught it early. My goodness, a week without a toilet!? I don't think I could do it... and then the furnace!? That doesn't sound like a very fun two weeks.

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  9. I unfortunately didn't even have a sump pump in Edmonton. The water damage was minimal, but it could have been avoided.

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