Don’t you love that amazing feeling you have when life is just humming along? When each piece is falling into place in an orderly, predictable fashion.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t last for long. One piece slides slightly out of position and then BAM! Everything seems to slam to a stop.
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Did Someone Shut Off the Water?
The day started as usual. Showering, breakfast, washing up the dishes before getting my grandson into the car and off to school.
And then, “Hey. Is the water pressure weaker, or is it my imagination?”
Nope, not my imagination. I was certain when water flow went quickly down to a trickle, and then no water at all.
We’re on a well, so there were three readily-available possibilities. My mind mentally tick-marked through each one.
- Maybe a mouse had chewed through an electrical connection. It had happened once at a previous home.
- Maybe the new water pump had failed. Seemed unlikely, but who knows. Searching for reasons, my brain created a goofy combination of options one and two.
- Maybe the pressure tank in the basement had failed. The guy who had installed the pump cautioned me that it probably didn’t have much life left in it. Had the old pump breathed its last?
There was also a number four. It was entirely possible for a well to run dry. I chose to quickly dismiss that idea.
From that point, it was just a mishmash of wondering what had gone wrong, how quickly we could get the water running again, and how much was it going to cost.
My daughter was about to head out the door to work, and I had a full schedule of activities waiting for me too.
Before calling anyone else to come trouble-shoot our water-less predicament, we needed to narrow down the probable source of the problem.
For that to happen, a visual check of the water pump and the tank was necessary. It wasn’t likely that both were involved, so figuring out which of these items was the trouble source was the likely starting point.
My daughter has some flexibility with her job, so changed into a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, and boots, and headed down to the basement to have a look at the tank.
I should probably add that the basement isn’t a proper basement. It’s more of a glorified crawlspace. She can handle small, enclosed spaces with calm indifference. I cannot.
We were also aware of what appeared to be a small, localized leak in one spot down there. We thought the problem had been taken care of a few weeks earlier.
When my daring daughter emerged from the crawlspace, she had pictures of a very worrying, very wet wall and soggy flooring directly under the bathroom.
There was still no obvious cause of the disappearing water.
- No weird smells
- No obvious problem with the water tank
- No issues with the pump
After the plumber’s inspection, there was some good news, some bad news, and some more good news.
The Good News
I mentioned in the beginning that I refused to allow the idea of a dry well to take over my brain. It was great to know that my well had been eliminated from the list. In spite of the very dry weather we’ve been having, the well is still viable.
The new well pump that was just installed about a year ago is also functioning as expected. No little critter had bitten into flowing electrical current and stopped the flow of water into the house. Another good thing to hear.
The Bad News
The reason for our loss of water turned out to be a fried pressure switch on the tank. It was easy for my grandson to replace (thanks JB), and didn’t cost much either.
The reason for the fried switch is where the story takes a turn for the worse.
The bathtub sat just above the water tank. Long before I bought the house, a previous owner had replaced part of the outside wall next to the tub with a glass block wall.
- It was all-the-rage at the time.
- It let a lot of light into the room, and probably seemed like a good idea.
- It was improperly installed and had been failing for years.
Every time someone showered, water was leaking down the block, and onto the wall below. It reached critical mass and began to impact the flooring under the tub.
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Some More Good News
Later in the day, the block wall became an unpleasant memory, and the tub left what had been its home for over 40 years.
How is that good news?
I’m getting the new bathroom I’ve been wanting since I bought the house. I wouldn’t have done it quite so soon, but I’ll be happy to say goodbye to the hunter green floor tiles and orange walls!
What Does This Have to do With Business?
I started my own online business a little over a year ago. In June of this year, I retired from teaching and have been doing affiliate marketing full-time.
If I was still teaching, there are several things I would have had to do differently when the water quit running.
- Since the burnt-out switch waited until we were almost ready to leave for the day, the office administrator at my school would have been scrambling to get a sub in to cover for me. Her mornings are hectic at best.
- Since it was so late in the morning, a colleague or two would have been pulled from their prep periods to cover my classes.
- Even though I always had emergency lesson plans, I would have been frantically typing up additional information for my colleagues and sub.
Since I can easily readjust my schedule, I:
- Didn’t have to coordinate with workmen during breaks between classes.
- Didn’t have to burden colleagues with covering my class during their planning periods.
- Don’t have to feel stressed if the project takes longer.
- Don’t have to worry about rationing my sick days.
- Can be fully present to whatever tasks need my attention
- Do what needs to be done without stress or guilt.
What About You?
Maybe you can relate to these questions:
- Are you in the middle of something that has you torn in two directions and feeling scattered to the four winds?
- Would having your own business, and the ability to reschedule your days give you breathing room, and a sense of freedom?
- You don’t have to jump into something full-time.
One of the beauties of an online business is the ability to start small. Very small.
Then, if, and when you want, you can grow to the size that’s right for you.
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