Well that was a close. I of course stay up in my vinyl cabin all week and usually come home on the weekend, but since my husband was away on a job I didn’t, in other words our house was empty for a week and a half. This weekend we both are home and our son had come over from Vancouver to visit. After turning in last night and just falling into deep sleep my husband and I are startled awake by our son shouting out that ‘something burst!” I was disoriented at first forgetting my son was here, so I thought a neighbor had come into our house yelling I don’t know what -house is on fire? But thankfully no, so we run downstairs where our son is in under the bathroom sink doing his best holding a large glass jar over the pipe coming out the wall that once had the bathroom sink shut off valve attached, but no more, having had popped off from water pressure. He was on his 3rd jar full. The floor was already awash and we could hear water dripping down through to the basement. My husband scrambled into the basement, up and over and into the crawl space- with uncharacteristic agility I might add – and shut the main water supply off.
We mopped up, calmed down and commented about how much worse it could’ve been if this had happened last Sunday. You just don’t expect those little valves to come off like that. New rule made- turn off the main when away from home for an extended period!