Saturday, January 9, 2010


i live in one of those oh so typical new orleans' houses, built back in the 1860's, no insulation, tall ceilings, and floor to ceiling windows. in other words, the heat just flies right out. my house is happily raised, good for floods but bad for exposed plumbing. i left my water running in the front bathroom and the kitchen but not the back bathroom. i only left the cold water running. this leads me to number 601 on the things you should know about home ownership. if your home is raised but not underpinned then you should leave the water running at every faucet and that includes both hot and cold. go team! i did not do that. i now have no hot water in any part of the house and no water of any kind in the back bathroom. we are not going to get out of the thirties today and so there will be no showers. i'm having post-katrina flashbacks. here is the real kicker, i think the pipes cracked a bit but i am hoping that it is just condensation and nothing more.
house ownership rule number 602, if your house is raised and not underpinned then you should insulate your pipes even if you live in the sub-tropics. who knew?
ok, i am off to blowdry the pipes for warmth.

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