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Water-Heater Wonderland

"We'd just arrived back home from buying our first Christmas tree and we heard a loud bang. Then the eerie sound of water gushing was followed by the sight and sound of water pouring from our ceiling. Our water heater had ruptured and the drain of the overflow pan was clogged. Being a young, new homeowner, I couldn't find the valve to stop the water. I ended up going outside digging around to find the main water line valve for the house while water poured all over our wood floors, walls, furniture, and electronics. After things had settled, I remembered to unclog the overflow pan and that's when I noticed the cutoff valve at the water heater! What a way to learn a lesson!"

David P.
via Facebook

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