This was the scene in my bathroom this morning:
Can you tell what is going on?
The tube that brings water into the toilet burst off at about 7 AM. This caused water to shoot EVERYWHERE. Simple fix, right? All I needed to do was turn the water that goes to the toilet off. That would be simple if the turn didn't lose all traction and refuse to work.
On to plan B: shut off water to the entire house. This would be easy if the shut off valve wasn't covered in dirt/ rusted/ missing its handle...
Here's the pile that had to be dug of the hole.
This rusted fixture should have an easy to turn handle.
Plan C: Call the emergency plumber while sitting on the toilet and trying to direct the gushing water into the tub:
At 1 1/2 hours into my wait, I just had to laugh at how crazy it all was. Most people would have been able to simply shut off the water to the house and wait for someone to come by and fix the problem. Thanks to 3 different breaks, I got to spend my time SOAKING wet with toilet water trying to keep a steady hand so that the stream wouldn't spray into my face (again).
*Don't worry, we didn't take any pictures until we realized that the only option was to wait for the plumber.
As a fun bonus to the whole thing, it looks like the ceiling to the kitchen will be replaced again!
With the plumbing ($212) and kitchen ($200-400) damage, I'll be lucky to get out of this mess with under $500 in damage. Oh, but did I mention that the whole problem was caused by a water pressure issue? Installing a new regulator and shut off valve will put me back $700. Total unexpected expenses: around $1,200. Again, a big shout-out to the emergency fund.
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