Saturday, December 16, 2006

Could have been a water disaster!

We almost had a disaster!

While we were sleeping Mike awoke and couldn't get back to sleep. He left our bed and went into the guest room.

He fell back to sleep but soon was awakened by the cell phone. It was 1:00 A.M. and he was naturally shaken since only our children would be calling our cell phone and they wouldn't call in the middle of the night unless there was an emergency. Strangely enough, When he answered the phone, no one was there.

He went back to bed but couldn't sleep. Suddenly, he heard a swishing sound coming from the mud-room next to the bedroom he was in. (There are three bedrooms in the house. It's more than a coincidence that he went to that bedroom.)

As he entered the mud-room he noticed the sink was full of water and spilling onto the Parquet floor, and within minutes would have reached the hallway where we had just laid new carpet two days earlier.

Upon exploring the sink he found the drain had been plugged. He drained the sink and mopped up the water, and then finally was able to sleep.

The following morning as he related the details I remembered I had plugged the sink. I had absolutely no reason for doing that and have no idea why I left the plug there.

Mike found the number of the caller and reached a tax service in Salt Lake City, Utah. The man who answered said he couldn't imagine who would have used the phone at that hour of the morning. And assumed it was one of the cleaning people. We're led to believe that someone called a wrong number, but it is odd that no one was there when he answered.

I believe we had a guardian angel watching! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

Thankfully, our carpet wasn't touched. In fact, our home is alright. Water can do considerable damage to walls and other things as well as carpet.

Oh, why was the sink filling up? We have a soft water unit that was recycling and the water empties into that sink.

Bottom line: We will be very careful to keep our sink drain free from now on.