Though plumbing problems didn’t effect us in our own home very often, in the daycare that my mom owned and operated, plumbing problems were common. You can probably imagine the amount of things that little children stick down toilets or sinks, and perhaps have experience with your own children doing just that. Well, multiply the amount of times your children or others you know have done this by about 30 and you’ll begin to understand the problem my mom had with keeping the pipes unclogged!
My dad has always been quite handy—and in fact really enjoys doing things around the house and for my mom’s daycare, like building sand boxes and swings, making repairs and solving plumbing issues. I remember him fishing toys out of drains on numerous occasions, never calling a plumber because he preferred to fix the plumbing problems himself.
The picture below is of my mom’s daycare in 1989 when the pipes froze and burst. This was definitely a plumbing problem that my dad couldn’t handle on his own! The daycare was a complete mess when we returned home from a short vacation during the winter holidays. Because we lived in Houston, Texas, we hadn’t experienced very cold winters. Nevertheless, we should have prepared for the colder weather, performing some seasonal checks on the pipes and plumbing before leaving for vacation.
What about you? Has something like this ever happened to you that made you realize you had better be more prepared with seasonal check-ups?
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