Now this is a helpless situation. Your work Uniform inside of a front load washer…..It is broken…..in the wash cycle….it won’t drain….you can see them through the glass door and the water is part way up on the door. You have to be at work in 3 hours…..You stand and stare in the door….”Yes their they are! Swimming in water, but you can’t get to them….What to do??? What to do????…..
This was on a Friday morning, I decided to wash my Cinemark Uniform. I should have done this during the week, but of course I kept putting it off. So that morning I decided to wash it inside in my washer in the Motor Home. We have a washer and dryer outside in the shed but it had started to rain. I thought, well I only had a few things so I would throw them in the washer inside.
Our unit inside is a small washer dryer combo. It washes a very small load and then it also turns into a dryer. You just turn the dryer button and it dry’s. It has been a life saver. We have used it most of the time the past 3 years. As long as you do small loads, it is fine. When we were gate guarding, it was a savoir. We were miles from town and we were on duty 24 hours a day. At Adventureland, we were able to wash in the evening. Our days off were ours to do as we pleased while others went to the laundromat. So that morning I decided to put in my Cinemark Shirt and black pants, and a few other things. After it washes and it goes into the spin cycle, it starts shaking as it spins. You can feel the whole trailer shake. Around 2pm I realized that the trailer never went into shake mode. I went to look at the washer, and in the window I could see it full of water……OMG…..What is wrong!!!!!. I kept turning the buttons to see if I could make it drain…..Nope….All it did was turn and agitate….I guess I had enough soap in their, cause every time I tried to make it drain, it just agitated and made more suds……Now what to do??? Its 2:30 by now. I have to be at work at 5:30…..My clothes are locked in a washer with water and suds half way up the door. I stared at the door and put things into perspective. First thing of importance…..I need clothes for work….
We are issued 1 shirt and we buy our own black pants. I guess I will have to wear my old black jeans that I got in trouble for at the beginning. Were not allowed to wear jeans. But that’s my only alternative. Now during the time I have worked their which is approaching 6 months we have been issued 3 different shirts. When their is a new movie coming out in the future, they sometimes give us new shirts to advertise the movie…..Hence, here is “Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle”, which is coming out in December. This one is in the washer. So, I guess I will wear my last shirt which was “The Emoji Movie”, which came out in July. Ok first problem solved. I will have clothes for work, just not the proper ones. Now the washer…….I decided for now, I would put it in spin cycle and shut it off. Maybe it will do a slow drain!!!. I can’t open the door as it is full of water and it will drown the motor home. Ok, so off to work, worry about the washer tomorrow.
Next morning, I looked at the door. Had the water went down any??? NO!! Only the suds….lol…. Ok, let me check out if I put it in off position, will the door unlock. …. Yep…I gently pushed the button and pulled the door and the water started leaking out. I quickly closed the door shut. Ok, that problem is solved, at least I know I can get into the washer now……lol… Ok, that will be another day. Time for work at 12 on Saturday. So another long last look at my poor work clothes still swimming in water inside the washer.
Now its Sunday morning. I have to be at work at 12 again. I decided to open to door slowly and hold towels under the door and soak up the water that came out the door. So that is what I did. It took 3 large towels to soak up the water to the point I could open the door completely. But its getting late. Off to work I go for the last time this week….That night I came home and finally was able to take out the clothes. Poor clothes have been soaking and swimming for 3 days….lol…They didn’t smell very good. So out to the washer in the shed they went. I used a glass to scoop most of the water out of the washer. Now I have to figure out how to get all the water out of the tub……..
The next morning I looked it up on the internet to see if I could find some problem solving issues. They said it could be the pump or it could also be the filter is plugged on the front. Rich called, he is in Illinois working the harvest, which I will explain next blog. I told him what had happened and he agreed it could be the filter is clogged. I started to unscrew the filter and the water started pouring out…..I quickly screwed it in. Now I know how to empty the tub, but how can I do that without getting water all over the floor…..Hmmmmm…..I got the bucket from the shed….a garbage bag, and masking tape. I taped the bag in a U shape under the filter door. I put the bucket under the bag….Finally I opened the filter door and all the water drained down the bag into the bucket…..Presto, It worked beautifully. The filter was dirty but not that dirty, so I don’t think that is the problem. I ran the dryer to dry out the tub and put it all back together. Its a problem for Rich……lol…..I did my part!!! I rescued my clothes all by myself. I have a feeling the dryer has bigger problems. So that problem solved for now.
But of course since Rich is up north, of course another problem has developed. I’m outside grilling hamburgers by the side of the RV and I noticed that water was leaking out the hot water heater door. It wasn’t pouring out but it was leaking like condensation can accumulate and drip. It was actually causing quite a puddle on the concrete…..So immediately thoughts went through my head ……If I’m gone it could break and water would just be spewing out all over the patio. It wouldn’t stop, cause the water would go from the outside faucet through the trailer out the water heater hole….Imagination really takes hold sometimes. So every time I left, I would turn off the faucet outside. Then I started turning off the faucet all night. I put my robe on in the morning and went out and turned the water back on, and the heater, took my shower, washed dishes and then went out and turned off the water. Then when Rich called, he said to look under the washer as that is the back side of the water heater. Yes their was a water bypass. So that is my life for now until he gets home. I turn on the bypass in the morning and the water heater, wait 15 minutes, take my shower, wash dishes if I have any, and then turn off the heater and flip the bypass. It works great. I still have water all through the trailer. The only time it leaks now is when the bypass is on. So now I have broken 2 things for him to fix………….lol……..
Lesson Learned……Never Panic…..Take it step by step….Imagination takes hold, but theirs always a way to address the situation. ……Step by Step….. Its not the end of the world…..lol….Laughing at your situation is GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL!!!!
That’s what happens in an RV…..But that can Happen in Your Home also…..