Friday, August 29, 2008

Unlikely fears

One of my random irrational fears is that someday I will turn on the dishwasher or clothes washer, leave my house, and then come back to an utterly flooded home. I'm sure that the chances of this happening are absolutely tiny, but it still scares me every time I leave home with one of those appliances on.

5 comments:

Andy Rutledge said...

Not intending to feed your fear here, but I live in a neighborhood that's about sixty years old with well-developed, tall trees. It's nice to live here, but sometimes those trees' roots take over the sewer lines and the room where I've got my washer/dryer gets flooded when the appliances drain.

It's not a big deal since the room is unfinished and I've combated it with root killer (copper sulfate) and the occasional "snaking" of the drain pipe.

Henry Schimke said...

This has actually happened to me... In a house I lived at in Kansas I came home from school to find our kitchen floor covered in 1/8" soapy water.

Matthew Beermann said...

It's happened to me too... while tinkering in the laundry room to reattach the dryer vent, my beloved husband neglected to reconect the washer's drain hose, then did some laundry...

Travis said...

A thousand curses upon all of you people.

Andy M said...

You are certainly capable of installing any of the numerous models of water detectors that are available out there. Get one of the fancy ones that can call your cell or notify you over the Internet if you're so scared. You are buying peace of mind.

Start at smarthome.com - you could get one that shuts off the water if it detects a leak, for example... Though if you have an alarm system (which I don't think you do), there should be an easily integrable option.