We don’t get many plumbers in around here. Maybe if we did we’d have known to watch for this.
Today, a young man in high vis showed up to extend a tap out from under the balcony we built nearly ten years ago. Actually, he was only here to fix a leak but then, as you do when you have someone even vaguely skilled on the premises (especially around here), we thought of the tap thing and put him to work on that too.
“How’d it go?” I asked Tracey when I called her later in the morning.
Yep, taps are that exciting I make special phone calls from work.
“Yeah, not great,” said my wife.
“What? Why? What happened?” Images of busted pipes and escalating expenses gripped my gut as I envisioned my beer budget being replaced by – yech! – water.
“What do you think happened?” said Tracey. “Your kids.” She sighed and explained how she’d been sitting on her computer working when suddenly she wondered why the dishwasher was going in the kitchen. “Only it wasn’t the dishwasher, was it?” she said flatly.
It seems that in the hour or so the water was turned off my children – hers would never be so frustrating – had turned on every tap in the house for a drink or to wash their hands or to see if they were working yet or whatever little minds think. And they hadn’t thought to turn them off.
So by the time Tracey realized what was happening all the sinks in the house weren’t just full, they were overflowing. And if it’s one thing Tracey loves, it’s unnecessary mopping.
I guess in ten years time, when we get another plumber in, we’ll know to watch for that. But I’m going to take a punt here and say probably not.
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