You know from my earlier posts that Hurricane Irene toppled a couple of huge oak trees in our yard. As the week progressed we suffered a few more nuisances that can be attributed to the wind and water produced by the storm.
1. A few days after the storm the pilot light in our hot water heater in the basement went out. At first we thought we were low on propane but our propane stove and additional hot water heater in Glade Cottage still worked so that couldn’t have been the cause.
We had lost power for almost a whole day during the worst part of the storm which rendered the sump pump in the basement useless. (We forgot all about the sump pump.)
Apparently, the water rose enough to cover the base of the hot water heater which would no longer light with the electronic starter.
We had a plumber friend come over who did get it lit with a long match. Both the pilot light and the burner lit but promptly went out after he left. We couldn’t figure out why the pilot went out in the first place since it stayed lit for at least 24 hours after the water subsided.
In the mean time we made an appointment with our fuel oil company, Warthen Fuel, to have our furnace cleaned and they offered to take a look at the hot water heater while they were at the house. When the technician came he looked at the water heater, lit the pilot and proceeded to work on the furnace. It was still working when he finished and now we have hot water.
The theory is that it had dried out enough overnight to stay lit on its own. Never knew hot water could make me sooooo happy.
2. When the trees fell over two storm window panes and 3 inside panes were broken. Our plan is to take the storm windows to a hardware store and have them repaired while we repair the sash window. We’ll need to purchase some glass for the panes but have all the other supplies from our project at Glade Cottage.
3. While the rain barrel is in tact, the downspout and gutter that feed into it were damaged when the trees fell.
Since this part of the gutter as well as the roof will be either removed or replaced when we renovate the house next year Charlie is going to try to bend the existing pieces back into action for the time being.
4. A commenter from my post the other day about damage to the garden wanted to know how bad it was.
All but three of the 15 squares have been destroyed. Here’s a picture of the garden from the same angle after the trees fell on it.
The garden project will need to be rebuilt and replanted but maybe not this fall.
All in all we have a lot of work ahead of us but, at the same time we’ve been blessed many times over.
- A friend has offered us use of a huge chipper.
- We were able to financially help someone who helped us.
- No food (other than the garden) has spoiled during the power outage.
- No one was injured.
- All appliances have been restored to working order.
- And our pile of firewood is growing.
It’s little things like HURRICANES that keep us from progressing down our TO DO list. What holds you up?