Thankfully, our house weathered the cold without issue; our guesthouse that doubles as my climate-controlled inventory warehouse had a minor hiccup, though.
Yesterday, about 6 a.m., I entered the guesthouse to ensure that all was well. The heat pump was pumping it’s little heart out, but could not quite reach the 72 degree mark set on the thermostat. Still, at 70 degrees, it was warm enough, or so I thought, to forestall any problems that the chilly temperatures would bring. To be sure, though, I turned on the kitchen faucet. Nothing.
The bathroom and tub faucets brought the same result. Nada. So, I checked all exposed under-sink pipes. There was no sign of anything out of the ordinary, but I still had visions of a broken pipe flooding my inventory.
I had a couple of options at that point. I could call a plumber when the sun came up, or I could just wait it out, and hope whatever frozen pipe that I had would thaw by spring, or by the end of the week when the weather was projected to be in the 60s. How insane is that, by the way, when the temperature one day can be 12 degrees, and four days later it can be 60 degrees?
But, I digress. I decided on option two, and went to my day job. Ella begrudgingly braved the cold and checked the house throughout the day, and I sat at work and worried, while looking up frozen pipe solutions on the Internet.
|Not my house or Ella's hairdryer,|
but a dramatic recreation of me
braving the cold and warming the pipe
Grabbing an extension cord and Ella’s hairdryer, I braved the 25 degree temperature, and proceeded to warm the faucet. Much to my delight, water soon started trickling out of the kitchen faucet, and after a few more minutes, began flowing freely.
As darkness fell, and I retrieved my last piece of sold inventory from the guesthouse, I decided to heed the weatherman’s advice, and leave the water dripping in the sink just to be on the safe side.
In between all the cold-related worry, I managed to have a fairly good sales day, including the sale of two pairs of thermal underwear to one buyer. Better late than never, I guess.
I also sold approximately $130 worth of books and stuff on Amazon and Half.com.
Looking ahead, I learned today that the overpriced estate sale from Sunday is having an “everything must go … prices reduced” sale on Saturday. I still think it will be overpriced, but we’ll probably take a second look.