Thursday, June 24, 2010

I blame it on the earthquake

Did you know we had an earthquake here yesterday? No? Me neither, until I heard about it on the radio.

So anyway, I woke up around three o'clock this morning to the sound of rain dripping out of my leaky gutters.


It was kind of peaceful, actually, until I realized that it didn't really sound like it was raining out.

It sounded

It sounded like

It sounded like it was coming from inside the house!*&%!

Oh shit.

It's never a good sign when you hear running water inside your house at three in the morning and you're the only one home and you've been fast asleep.

Wondering what fresh new level of homeowner hell I was about to experience, I reluctantly crawled out of bed and went to investigate, only to discover


The bathroom was flooded. Floooooooooooded.

The toilet tank had SOMEHOW managed to develop a top-to-bottom crack, straight through the goddam porcelain, that was merrily dispersing water all over my bathroom floor. And of course, the water level in the tank could only get so low before the float kicked in, sending fresh water into the tank which subsequently ALSO ended up all over the bathroom floor, etc., etc.

So, I turned off the water to the tank, and commenced mopping. And, this morning, made a call to the plumber, who will come out this afternoon and cheerily charge me an arm and a leg to replace the toilet.

And no, I'm not going to try to replace it myself. I don't want to deal with it. I will cheerily (okay, grudgingly) write a check to Mr. Plumber-Man to do it for me.

I blame it on the earthquake.

It's either that or the ghost.

And while it's possible that my homeowner's insurance covers earthquake-related toilet damage, I'm pretty sure it doesn't cover ghostly manifestations.

Earthquake it is.


Heather said...

I had to go back and check the day on this post. It sure sounded like a freaky friday to me! Toilet just suddenly cracks!

I was going to tell ya how easy it is to replace yourself, but then I got to the part where you yelled!! LOL!

rockygrace said...

Sorry about the yelling, Heather! If you knew how spectacularly inept I am when it comes to anything plumbing-related, you'd know why I didn't want to try it myself.

Badass Nature Girl said...

My first thought was the ghost too! Maybe that 0-ring was a sign, lol. It would be so much more helpful if they just post, well, I literal sign. Like in this instance, "Your toilet is going to crack and flood your bathroom."

rockygrace said...

BNG, yeah, the ghost needs to give me written notice - that way I'd have time to get prepared!