water in the basement
I did three loads of laundry in our beauty of a laundry room on Friday. I use the term beauty loosely.
All went as would be expected from an old washing machine that sometimes doesn’t fully spin the clothes dry and occasionally throws water on the floor, and the dryer that won’t shut off until the door is opened and only heats on super-hot (let’s talk about the amount of clothing I’ve shrunk and blankets I’ve burned in this machine… uggh).
So I was a bit surprised to find standing water all over the laundry room floor on Saturday morning.
I was even more surprised to find that the water was also in our utility room, and that it had soaked the carpet in the basement hallway.
Surprise via soaking wet socks is never a good thing.
But we found the culprit easily and were able to temporarily bypass it. One of the valves leading away from the water softener had sprung a leak. Fortunately, our machine’s bypass button works. Unfortunately, the water softener is a Culligan, and it appears that their “proprietary” parts may be more difficult to come by than other models. If anyone knows anything about fixing an older model Culligan water softener, feel free to pass that along – we’re hoping to fix this ourselves.
We spent most of Saturday removing (soaking wet) carpet and making plans for a new laundry room. Looks like our goal of making a new laundry room in 2010 will be accomplished sooner than I had hoped!