When it rains snows, it pours freezes.

The power company has turned off the interruptible power every day this week from 5pm-ish to 11pm-ish. Our geothermal HVAC system is on the interruptible power grid. Our system has a brand-new well pump and a brand-new pressure tank, but (we think) the outlet pipes that dumps into the lake froze when the system wasn’t working or during one of the power interruptions; in any case, the system is not working. Smokey is keeping the house warm with a combination of a propane wall furnace and the wood stove (which we haven’t used in at least 15 years, but which puts out as much heat as everything else put together). The pipes in our bathroom froze on Tuesday night. Today they are starting to thaw. Kitchen water is fine, as is that of the laundry room in spite of the fact that it was 34 degrees in there Wednesday night. (Smokey set up a heater to warm it up.) Why did the bathroom pipes freeze? Who knows?

We found out last night that the furnace in the Minneapolis rental house conked out. Younger Son, who rents it from us, had turned off the water before he left for Chicago on Monday as a precaution, but the radiators froze and two of them cracked. Smoke made a flying trip there last night but decided the damage and been done and he couldn’t do anything until the weather warmed.

On the plus side, I have been wearing my new Carbeth. Since Tuesday morning.

So, how has your week been going?

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6 Responses to When it rains snows, it pours freezes.

  1. Diane says:

    Oh Kathy – and I was feeling sorry for myself because my adorable grandson has been here since Sunday and I’ve been awake at 4 – 5 am. I’ve got nothing!! Wish there was something I could do….or could have done.

  2. ninlouise says:

    Smokey has the right idea. Patiently waiting and then dealing whatever problems there are is the right way. I am imagining Carbeths for the radiators.

  3. Chris says:

    OMG. I think you probably win for cold weather woes. I was just feeling sorry for myself that my fiber internet has been out since Monday night (conduit burst after getting icy and for some reason they can’t fix it until it warms up tomorrow) and having to use the hotspot on my phone so I could work. And Centerpoint has been jackhammermering away with 2 backhoes on the street 1/2 block away all day. Those poor workers…

  4. Kat says:

    Oh man. I am sending you all the good plumbing juju I can muster – and hopes for a break in this cold-ass weather!

  5. gayle says:

    Oh, sweetie! I hope everything thaws quickly with the least possible damage!

  6. Nicole says:

    It’s times like these I’m glad I live in California. (It’s times like when we have wildfires that I consider moving.) Hope you get some nicer weather soon!

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