Monday, October 18, 2010

Water Woes

I woke up Saturday morning before the alarm went off. We had a busy day planned, so I fought the urge to roll over and go back to sleep, and got up instead. After saying good morning to my husband, who was already busy surfing the 'net, I went to the kitchen to start a pot of coffee. But first, I had to deal with the pile of recyclables taking up space on my countertop. Cans were crushed, plastic smashed, and glass bottles gently placed in the bin.  Then, finally, the coffee was set to brew.  Time to deal with the hand-wash-only dishes. I turned on the water and reached for the sponge and... the water dropped to a bare trickle.  Uh-oh!

The water going out is never a good thing.  For most people, it means you call the water company to report an outage and then wait for them to get it fixed.  When you live in the country, like we do, you don't have a water company... you have a well.  When you have a well, you call the well repair company and wait for them to come fix it... and hope that it's something simple (cheap) to fix.  (There are not a lot of cheap parts on a water well.)

This is not the first time we've had our well repaired.  Not surprising.  We've lived in the house for 20 years, and things are bound to break if you hang around long enough.  We were fortunate enough to find a wonderful company in Conroe - McKnight's Water Well Service.  If you're in the area, and need this kind of service, give them a call.  They're fast, they do a good job for a fair price, and they don't recommend unnecessary repairs (if it can last six months, they'll tell you to wait). 

This time, it was the pump. It was an easy repair - took less than half an hour - but it wasn't cheap. As he was leaving, Mr. McKnight informed us that he has personally replaced every working part of our well, except for the float valve (replaced before we found McKnight's) and the cement storage tank (if that ever needs replacing we have serious problems indeed). We should be good for a while now (I hope) and, while we like Mr. McKnight, we hope we don't have to see him again any time soon.

After spending the rest of the day (11 hours) working at the school's fall festival, that hot shower felt so good!  The new pump?  Worth. Every. Penny.

 Disclaimer: McKnight's Water Well Service did not reimburse me for mentioning their business in my blog. (They don't even know about it.)  I am just a satisfied customer who highly recommends this company.


Gigi said...

Knocking on wood over here, since I have a well too that we don't have any problems! So glad you got your water back so quickly.

Thank you for your comment! I'm glad I'm not the only one whose family leaves them in the dark sometimes. It's also nice to finally put a face/blog to you! I see you also hail from Texas - another thing we have in common!

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

Hi Gigi! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, always great to hear from a fellow Texan. I wish you extended good luck with your well. :)

the weirdgirl said...

We've had water issues several times where the sewer is backed up in the street. The city has to come and suck out the blockage. It smells bad. And then you think about that smell while you're having a shower. Not fun, but no water is worse.

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

weirdgirl - Sewer back-ups are the worst! Think about what happens when you're on a septic system and it backs up... yup, right into your shower. So gross!

Screwed Up Texan said...

I love reviews where the company doesnt even know that you wrote about them! If I had a well and lived near you, then I'd give them a call after reading this!

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

Hi Allie! They really are a great company. I've recommended them to several people in the area.

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