Thankful we averted a real-life disaster

Over the years, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. Even though I put in the work of hosting each year, I love the food, the family and the football! Of course, it’s also the weekend we decorate for Christmas.

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve seen people adding their Thankfulness posts on Facebook. It’s wonderful to see others feeling thankful.

This year, I’m thankful for a new church home, a new job, my teenagers doing very well in school, my retired husband surviving 3000 miles on his bicycle without serious injury, two new furry family members and much more.

With all this thankfulness, you’re probably thinking my title is purely click-bait. It’s not, and here’s why…

Yesterday, I was about to wash the dishes after dinner, and the water refused to get hot. I looked up at my husband who was helping me clear the table and said, “We don’t have any hot water. This isn’t good.”

The two of us trekked to the basement, flashlight in hand and discovered the pilot light out on the hot water tank. Oh good! A quick fix, right?

Nope; it absolutely refused to reignite. We called my brother-in-law (BIL), our resident handyman, and he came over as quickly as he could. After a short inspection, he confirmed our 10 year-old hot water heater was dead in the water.

The husband and BIL hooked up a hose to drain it, and purple slime came out. We weren’t surprised; our neighbors had blue slime in theirs a few years ago. Their service tech told us it’s from a combination of heat and water treatment chemicals they use locally, and it kills hot water heaters.

With the late hour, we made sure the gas was turned off, left it to drain and went to bed. My husband and BIL would reconvene at the local DIY depot at 9:30 am to pick up a new water heater and begin the replacement process.

When I returned from church this morning, they were well into the project – I found the old heater at the curb and the empty box for the new one in the middle of family room.

Curiosity getting the best of me, I joined them in the storage room to assess how close we were to having hot showers again. My BIL broke the scary news to me then – we averted a very serious meltdown or explosion, likely due to the safety features in place on the hot water heater.

The heater had so much heat and pressure built up in it, the plastic caps on the top were melted and the purple slime can shooting out of an upper vent when he opened it.

Melted plastic caps

Melted plastic caps

Natural gas is hot and efficient, but it’s also dangerous. Having been a firefighter/paramedic, I’ve seen the catastrophic damage it can do.

I am beyond thankful we averted a real-life disaster. I’ll take the cold, washcloth wipe-down over a blown-up, burned-down house and possible/probable harm to my family and neighbors.

God was truly watching over us. What am I thankful for? We’re all alive and well, our house is standing and undamaged, and tomorrow morning before work I can take a hot shower.

Psalm 91 – NIV

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

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