February 7, 2012

hot water!

50 lovely gallons of it streaming into my shower! As a family of 5 we no longer have to stagger showers over the course of a day or two and pray we get more than 2 minutes of luke warm water before the heat is gone. I tested out the shower Sunday morning before church...showered, filled the tub to shave and showered off again and never had the gas kick in to heat the tank. I don't normally use that much water but I figured that equalled me and the kids all bathing in rapid succession. Just Heavenly!

Now our washing machine and dish washer are also working so much better. The mystery smell in the front loader has disappeared.

We borrowed some Shaklee Basic G from a friend to kill the mold on a small patch of dry wall. Seems to have worked.  We hauled off about 10 50 gal trash bags of nasty drywall and sub flooring. A metal collector took the old heater for scrap. Hubby has framed the doorway and hung the door back. There is still drywall to repair, door casings to replace and the steam overflow release line to run. Maybe next weekend we will get that done.

I'm very proud of my Hubby for getting it all cleaned up and replaced in one evening.  He is an electrician by trade and this was his first big experience with plumbing and gas lines. Not to mention he saved us several hundred dollars by doing lots of research and price matching keeping the dent to our budget manageable.

February 5, 2012

thank God for budgets!

We thank God we are trying hard to stick to a budget this year! With "unexpected bills" of braces, hospitals, doctors, broken laptops and now a new water heater having some savings has been a huge help!

2 days ago Bub heard something as he went to bed. The girls followed but heard nothing. From my comfy bed at nearly midnight I hear him call "MOM! THERE IS WATER SPRAYING EVERYWHERE!" That got me moving!  I saw the soaked floor, door and a heavy mist flowing from the small closet and knew it wasn't good. Hubby was roused and he found both water lines cracked and spewing forth. We shut the water off and went to bed.

Yesterday Hubby bought parts to fix the lines and we noticed the tank leaning backwards. We figured the floor was ruined so we drained the tank and pulled it out. Yep, the floor is toast. So are the walls. MOLD everywhere.  The water heater has been acting funny lately by not providing but a couple minute hot shower and we know why. The whole back part of the tank's bottom was rusted out and GONE. Its been pouring through the floor for who knows how long.

What was a simple fix is now a full gut of that closet, the hall and possibly of our oldest's room too.
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