Home ownership has been a huge source of pride for my husband and me, but it has not been without some difficulties, major headaches, and some definite punches in the wallet.
The biggest-and the most costliest issue thus far-came about this week.
Let me explain. The home that we purchased set empty for a while. The home has a pool, which of course also set empty without being cleaned for many months. When we viewed the home, the pool was greener than the trees. A shoe floated on the top. We actually worried that when they cleaned the pool they’d find a body at the bottom that had been dragged in by some six foot long alligator that lives in the marsh!
The realtor hired a company to fix it up and get it back to normal condition, which they did. Before moving across the country we called that company and asked that they remain on even when the sale was complete.
When we moved into the home, we were pleased to find the water was the color that was originally intended.
Not so pleased, though, to discover, nearly a month later, that the pool pump had never shut down.
You see, we kept hearing the spa trickling over the pool. It didn’t seem to stop for the two weeks that we were in the house. I didn’t think much about it at first, because I didn’t realize that the spa water trickling meant the pump was on. I just thought it was set up to do that. Then I mentioned it to my husband one night after we’d been in the house for about ten days. He said he thought that might mean the pump was on, so we put on our shoes and headed down to check out the pool equipment.
When we opened the pool equipment box we saw that the timer clips that turn the pump on and off had been removed from the pool pump equipment and were on the bottom of the box.
We stopped the pool pump manually and the spa immediately drained.
We left the spa on for that day (it was Sunday) and called the company immediately yesterday morning. They showed up, replaced the broken equipment, said they didn’t know who took the timer clips off, and left.
I followed up with the manager of the company and he said he would figure out why the clips had been taken off and who had done it without letting us know. Because of course without the timer clips the pool runs constantly.
Yet the spa continued to trickle for a while after the spa guy left. So, out of curiousity I headed down to the equipment. I noticed that the clips had been passed by the timer-should have stopped it but they didn’t. Why? When I peered closer I saw that both clilps were ON clilps! So even if they were on the timer they would not have stopped the spa from running.