Posted by: Jamie Stamm | June 14, 2008


It’s amazing how much we take water for granted.

On Wednesday night, for the second time in less than three months, we came home to a break in our water line. But unlike the first time, when we were alerted by a note left on our door by the water company, this go-around we were greeted by water flowing from a crack in our driveway.

Which meant this break was under our driveway.

Who runs a water line under a driveway?!?!?

We immediately turned off the water, and Jerry spent Thursday breaking out about a 4 foot-by-2 foot section of the driveway (we never realized you could rent a jackhammer from Home Depot – that’s kind of cool). Still with no sign of where the leak was coming from, he weighed the options. Keep destroying the driveway, or find a way to work around it?

He finally decided to bypass the problem by digging a trench around the driveway and putting in a new pipe, which he did with amazing speed on Friday afternoon (sometimes my hubby is surprisingly handy). This solution may have solved two problems: finding the break and preventing any future problems with what was obviously a weak line.

Our children weathered this storm much better than I did. While I worried about dishes piling up in the sink and how we would wash clothing for our weekend trip (not to mention bathing), I think my daughter secretly reveled in not having to flush the toilet or wash her hands (although I hope she used the hand sanitizer pump that I put in the bathroom).

Thankfully, water is now coursing through our pipes once again. We’ve already showered, done two loads of laundry and washed the dishes.

And I’m appreciating every single drop of water that we use.


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