Owning a house can be VERY overrated at times – especially when it’s an older one where we live. *sigh*
Thursday morning before going to work JL mentioned that there were water droplets dripping in the refrigerator. Hmmm. . . . strange, but not entirely alarming. So I went and looked at it. We both didn’t think much of it and I kept an eye on it during the day. By the time JL got home from work we noticed it wasn’t as cold as usual, but thought it was from being open a lot when we were getting things out for dinner. NHL and I then went out to get a few things at the grocery store. When we came home I felt the inside of the fridge wall – NOT cool at all. To add worry to it – I could hear no motor at all. No sound was coming from the thing at all. It was now 8:00 and we all freaked. I had all of my milk in the freezer to worry about. – no less all of the food and things.
We called my parents and they asked if we had recently vacuumed the coils in the back of the fridge. WHAT? I guess that answered their question. We had not done it in the 3 years we’ve been here and I’m sure the people that were here before us didn’t. We found out that the fridge (the only item in the entire kitchen that was not replaced when we did the remodel in there before moving in) was from 2001. . . not old for that type of appliance. We actually found that the average age for them is 14 years.
After NHL was in bed JL was able to unplug the fridge and vacuum it. We plugged it back in and the motor was running! WAHOO! We cranked up the temperature in it to compensate for all of the time it wasn’t working right (nothing was ruined since it was only up front that wasn’t cool). So now we’re debating getting a new fridge. It bothers me since the other isn’t old at all. I guess we’ll shop around and really research things before we jump into getting anything at this point. Hopefully it won’t be an emergency again where we have to buy it NOW.
There’s more – *rolling eyes*
The drama doesn’t end there. Yesterday I went out for a little while. Before I left I tossed in a load of laundry into the basement. It was perfectly dry down there and looked good after the flooding from the storm just over a week ago. When JL got home he went down to the basement to put things in to dry. He was greeted with water all over the floor again. We first thought it was likely the sink overflowing (it happens from time to time). NOPE! When I went down a little later I was greeted by the smell of a bathroom – it was disgusting! I looked at the water area and saw sludge on the ground. Lovely – this happened once before. I was beyond pissed and got on the phone with DPW. The guy called his supervisor and they sent someone here (this was at about 7:00). Please note we still had not eaten dinner at this point.
So the guy comes at about 7:45 and he of course says it’s not really the city (I don’t believe this 100% at all). He tells us some things to do to avoid a plumber since it’s something that frequently happens around here. I am going to contact the neighborhood association here and across the main road. I know there has been a lot in the paper again about people having raw sewage backing into their houses again. A little odd that it’s happening to so many people – no?
So we shall see how things go.
I am off to get ready. I have an appointment to get my hair cut this afternoon I am doing another donation (I think). I will try to post before and after photos, but JL wasn’t able to do before last night with all of the excitement. I will see if David can do one since JL won’t with it being shabbos.