During the entirety of this project, there haven’t been too many things that constitute a “disaster.” In reality, the following tale of a burst pipe that flooded the container overnight doesn’t really a disaster make, but it was a frightening episode that caused more than a little inconvenience.
So, as I mentioned in the kitchen post, the Heatworks1 instant hot water heater was mounted under the sink. After the sink went in, the unit was flushed and activated according to the manual, and it surely did make hot water in an instant. Everything seemed to be working fine.
Well, a few days after the kitchen had been finalized, I showed up to the container one day and noticed a giant puddle out front as I pulled up. “Did it rain last night?” I thought to myself. Upon opening the door, it looked like it had rained INSIDE the container, because there was a discernible layer of water covering everything that had been on the floor.
For a while, I couldn’t figure out what had happened, but then I opened the kitchen sink cabinet and noticed all the pipes under there were wet. I called the plumbers, and they were able to point out the problem fairly quickly: A piece of PEX tubing installed as part of the outlet line of the Heatworks1 had exploded somehow. The plumbers noted this was highly unusual, as PEX tubing is ultra-durable. While it may give way to hairline cracks and pinholes in a line, the plumbers say they had never seen a piece of PEX fail in the violent manner in which mine did.
So, they went about replacing the burst PEX line, but it became clear that the HEATWORKS1 had developed a leak on its inlet valve, on the bottom of the unit. It would just have to remain off until the manufacturer, whom I also contacted that morning, sends a replacement, which they seemed happy and willing to do after I jump through a few hoops online.
Later that day, a neighbor came by to tell me he had noticed the container leaking from the drain valve that leads out the bottom of the kitchen floor to the outside, thereby creating the puddle seen in the photo above. He was kind enough to shut off the water main at the meter box near the street (I think he’s actually a plumber, too).
Anyway, it was very relieving and heartwarming to know I’ll soon be living in a place with great and considerate neighbors such as that.