Friday, February 23, 2013
The plumber came and went and we are now $552 poorer
Turns out it was exactly what they thought. The pressure coming in from the main water line was 160 ppi, whereas maximum pressure should be 80! I guess they said Agawam is known for high water pressure. So the solution was threefold: 1) install a pressure reducing valve that changes the pressure when it enters the house from the high pressure, back to 70, below normal, 2) installing an expansion tank to the hot water tank, so that if the pressure gets too high, or the temperature in the tank gets too high, and the water in the tank needs someplace to go, it will go into this expansion tank until the pressure is decreased or the temperature decreases and allows the water to come back into the tank, and 3) replace the TPR (temperature pressure relief) valve on the hot water tank — this is the valve that senses if the pressure is too high in the tank, or if the temperature is too high in the tank, in either of those situations, it opens so that the excess water can flow into the expansion tank. We had the TPR valve, it was opening before (doing the right thing), but because we didn’t have the expansion tank, the water was just flowing on to the floor. Turns out that lots of houses have a small drain on the floor to drain away any excess water that might come out of the hot water tank due to this problem.
Oh well, everything was fixed, it took about an hour, and that was that.
On the upside, before the plumber left, I told him about how our upstairs bathroom sink drain was draining slowly AND smelling and wondered if he could take a look at it. He said sure, and said that there was probably a build up of gunk and unhooked the drain so that we could take it out and SURE ENOUGH…it was full of this light pink slimy gunk. SO DISGUSTING. After he left, I scrubbed it all off with some Comet and also in the drain and once I replaced the drain, it worked like a CHARM Here this whole time we kept thinking they had replaced the pipes poorly when they did our bathroom repair. Now I am so happy to have a drain that works properly! I guess it’s the little things.
Want to know the strangest thing though…when Kimm had noticed the leak in the basement, she had called our neighbor to see if she was having any problems and she had said “no.” Well…she gave us a call this afternoon…her basement was flooded! Turns out she was having a problem but had never gone downstairs to look. So she spent her afternoon having her basement de-flooded and a new pressure relief valve installed as well.
I’m just glad that is all taken care of and I can stop thinking about it.
Enjoy my favorites from around the web this week…
Favorite simple side…Italian Parmesan Potatoes! Crispy and flavorful…these look like a perfect side to a veggie burger!
Picture and recipe courtesy of Jenna Weber, of Eat, Live, Run
Favorite inspirational posts…
So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed — your life is happening right now…do you really want to avoid seeing a life with NO pictures of you in it??
The Subtle Art of Starting Over — starting over may not be glamorous, but it still contains that sliver of hope
The 7 Habits of Calmness — a way to create serenity throughout each day
Favorite “I Want!”…a juicer…this one looks to be a good starter (meaning not too expensive!). A glass of freshly squeezed juice sounds SO refreshing and healthy.
Photo courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats Online Store
Favorite noodle…Creamy Garlic Pasta…All I need to do is substitute out the chicken stock for veggie stock! Butter, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese…it’s a more flavorful Alfredo sauce!
Photo and recipe courtesy of Buns In My Oven
Favorite breakfast bite…it is one of my goals in life to make homemade cinnamon rolls (with yeast!)…this recipe for Overnight Buttermilk Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls looks SO GOOD!
Photo and recipe courtesy of Averie of Averie Cooks
Have a great weekend everyone!!!