a late-night plumbing disaster
I was settling in for the night, watching Fargo while dealing with a stubborn cold and runny nose. My wife had turned in for the night, so it was just me on the couch. A few hours passed as I became engrossed in the TV show.
As the episode wrapped up, I washed my face and brushed my teeth before bed. That's when I noticed something was off - the water pressure in the bathroom sink was much weaker than usual. At first, I didn't think much of it, but then I heard the swooshing sound from downstairs.
Alarms started going off in my head, so I rushed down to investigate. What I found was worse than I imagined - the water rose towards my ankles. It was clear the main valve under the sink had ruptured or came loose.
In a panic, I ran to disable all the electrical sockets so nothing would fall short. Then, I scrambled to turn off the main to stop the flow. The water flow ceased. Now, we had a huge mess to clean up. I told my poor sleeping wife about the plumbing disaster unfolding in our kitchen.
We alerted the property caretaker and worked non-stop for the next few hours to wipe up the water before it could cause any damage. By 5 AM, we finally had the floor cleared. A maintenance worker came by 10 AM to replace the corroded valve.
Needless to say, it was a long and stressful night. My cold is getting worse from being exposed to the damp for so long. I'm just glad the problem is fixed.