When I got up this morning, my driveway was a swamp, so I did the prudent thing and called my landlord. He wasnít home, of course, but I left a message. I didnít know what I was going to do if I didnít hear from him, because it was obvious the leak, or whatever, was only getting worse. The more water that poured out of the ground, the closer it came to my garage, which is downhill from everything.
In fact, I canít even walk from my front door to the garage without getting my shoes muddy. When I drove in and out today, I tried to drive on the extreme far side of the road, away from the mud and muck. There were pools and ponds and streams and rivers, and I was close to phoning my other landlord, the one who spends most of the year in Thailand.
Then late this afternoon the landlordís wife knocked on my door. Her husband has been working out of town, but he was on his way back and would take a look at the leak and see what could be done. In the meantime, she had shut off my water. Thatís good, because the swamp wouldnít be getting any worse. Itís bad because, well, you know. No flushing.
When the landlord got home— Wait. His name is Fred. (And his partner Jerry is indeed in Thailand, which is of no use to me.)
When Fred got home and started digging, he found the problem pretty quickly. It was an old length of pipe leading from a well thatís no longer used (there are three on the property) to— well, nobody could figure out where it was leading. He dug all around it and turned the water back on to make sure that was the leak. It definitely was, since the hole immediately filled up with water.
There are ways to repair pipes like that, thank goodness. And fortunately, not only is Fred a plumber, but so is one of his other tenants. Together they figured out what was needed to make the repair, and well before dark they had done the work and turned my water back on. Theyíre leaving the hole uncovered for a couple of days for some reason I canít remember, but they put cones around it so that nobody (like me) would absent-mindedly drive into it.