Reflecting on my decisions

When our son and daughter in law bought their home we knew that it would be a challenge.  The whole house needed serious work and, even though they are both handy, we knew it would mean a lot of hours of work.  His dad is well versed in electrical work and can do plumbing if needed so that was a big help. The second week of remodeling included re-plumbing the bathroom.  This wasn’t that big of a deal because our son-in-law had already torn out the walls to expose the pipes. After several hours they felt that everything was done. When the phone rang in the middle of the night and our daughter sounded panicked, we knew we needed to head back over.  The hot water pipes had started to leak and it was dripping right onto the HVAC unit in the basement. The furnace runs on electricity so this was a major safety hazard. They had shut off the circuit to the furnace but the water needed to be stopped before it caused damage to the unit itself. There was no way that they could afford to have the unit replaced at this point because they just put all their savings into closing on the house. We arrived to find a huge pile of towels and several bowls trying to catch the water.  My husband shut off the water supply under the house and then proceeded to fix the leak. It was a good thing they didn’t have to call a plumber for an emergency repair, but, we suggested that they contact on for any additional pipes that needed repairs. Water can be one of the most damaging things to your home and you are better to contact a professional. The same can be said for your HVAC system. There are just some things that trained, certified, and insured professionals should handle.

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