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Five Things Not To Do When The Hot Water Goes Out

I can't complain about not having hot water when so many of my neighbors are homeless after Harvey. Just down the street and around the corner a whole neighborhood was flooded and now everyone that had a second floor is living upstairs. The houses are gutted and the trash is outside in big piles. My problems are just not that pressing or important.

But I can tell you a few things not to do with your hot water heater if it starts to leak or fail.

  1. Make sure your heater has on and off taps at the service line. My service line started to leak, and the whole house had to go without water until the guy came to replace the hose.
  2. When the guy comes to replace the hose, make sure he replaces BOTH of them. If one failed, then the other is not far behind.
  3. Your hot water heater will have a gas valve. Make sure you don't drop the valve handle down in a crack where you can't find it. 
  4. Never hook your dryer hose to the base of your hot water heater. That's just a dumb way to do things. What if you have a lint fire and the gas supply is right there? 
  5. When you call to get help, don't mention that you have an aversion to cold water and that you're just sitting around in your coffee clothes, unless you are young and beautiful. People will always take that the wrong way even if you were just trying to highlight how inconvenient it is to start your day without hot water.

That's how Monday is looking right now. Inconvenient, cloudy, and not that productive.



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