Sanders: Comic’s story of appliance breaking comes off the pages
December 2, 2016
Recently a nationally syndicated comic strip has had a series about several home appliances breaking down in quick succession. It was amusing … until it started happening at our house.
We had a ranch well from which we drew our household water, up until four years ago when a rural water system was put into place. That gave us the opportunity to have water that is of a considerably lower grain of hardness, which equates with longevity of plumbing and household appliances.
The well is used for outdoor necessities such as livestock and the shop. I use a little in my yard, but since I have buffalo grass for a lawn and various types of sedum — cousins to the cactus — in my flowerbeds I don't need much water.
We made the installation with backups in place. If the well is down, we can switch to the rural water users source until we get the well repaired. That way it is not such an emergency. Sure, it costs more to water the cattle that way, but when it's snowing and blowing and the last few cows are in the corral waiting to calve, we are especially grateful.
“Thankfully it isn’t a true necessity, but its a nice thing to have.”
The rural system only once went too low to provide adequate shower water for a weary fireman during a fire-filled summer when several fire trucks had to be replenished at once, lowering the pressure. As soon as those trucks were filled, everything returned to normal and this cross-check backup system has saved our hide more than once and it is a good plan for those who can follow it.
Even with improved water, we still have a water softener. It uses considerably less salt than before the rural system's arrival so we bought a new softener, a much smaller unit that doesn't hog up such a large space in our basement utility area.
The space saving turned out to be critical two weeks ago when the softener "sprung a leak." Water was everywhere but we had room to maneuver the water removal equipment without difficulty.
Parts had to be ordered and it may be awhile before it can be repaired. Thankfully it isn't a true necessity, but its a nice thing to have.
Not too long ago our well pump went out. The well was not dry, there were just pump problems, so we switched to rural water to keep the calves happy. At their first opportunity the well service company came and replaced the pump.
After working several hours and having no luck, it was determined the problem was a faulty replacement pump which will take a short amount of time. Maybe we are spoiled or just prepared, either way that rural water system is very appreciated.
If bad things come in threes, as they say, we wonder if we have another breakdown just around the corner. ❖