Saturday, the family sat in Owen’s room playing on the floor and in the closet. It’s good to bring out toys that have been stored for a while, it’s like they’re new. At some point, I got up to go to the kitchen. The linoleum seemed much shinier than normal and the carpet made a weird squishing sound as I stepped on it. “Jess!” I called to the other room. “I think there’s something wrong in here. Something’s leaking.” She came running to see for herself. Clearly, tiny black helicopters had infiltrated my home and blown the main lines to our washing machine. The fury of the City of McKinney Utility Co. had been unleashed in my own kitchen.
Jess immediately grabbed towels already in the utility room as I asked where more were while turning off the water to the washer. Shouldn’t I have known where we keep towels? Anyway, I get two more and bring them back when it is clear these aren’t going to be enough. I feel like a super hero as the thought enters my mind, “The shop vac,” I say. “It can suck up all this water really quick.” Only I would be thinking this at this time, I’ve never used it to pick up water before, this’ll be cool! I dash to the garage and retrieve the six gallon RIDGID wet/dry vac and immediately start to suck some water. Five seconds later the sound of the motor indicates it’s full and I’ve got to dump out the water. “That was fast. It can’t be full already.” It was. It sucks up water that fast. It’s clear at this point that I’ll be needing a bigger shop vac in the near future. Perhaps FEMA can help me out. Does water from an appliance count as a natural disaster? Can’t get much more natural than water. And no one could argue this wasn’t a disaster. I think we’ve got something here. This will all have to wait though, I’ve got water to move.
After filling and dumping the vacuum six times and completely soaking every towel we own [except two, we’ll need those for showering, Jess is so smart, even in times of high stress], the kitchen floor is mostly dry. The carpets were still a bit wet, but what a coincidence, we had borrowed a carpet shampooer earlier that week. What better to get a bunch of water out of your carpet. The only thing that would make you really frustrated about all this [as if you wouldn’t be] is that Jess had just shampooed and vacuumed that entire house within the last two days. Did I mention she’s having a baby in less than two weeks? She was pretty chipper about this, I mean, it did give us the opportunity to clean all that fuzz from behind the washer and dryer.
I would suggest not telling Granny this story, lest they wish to hear the tale of her toilet backing up. Just a thought. Our next home will totally have a drain in the utility room.