minor catastrophe this morning.
we were digging holes to plant some loropetalum (plum delight) shrubs in front of our porch and hit our water line. oh, not just the water line, but the corroded old secondary shut-off at the house (that we didn't know we had). it was just a few inches under the ground. and we couldn't find the shut-off in the meter at the street. super! we had water gushing into our yard for almost 45 minutes!
the water went all the way to the backyard...
our neighbor was very helpful and used a wrench to turn the underwater valve at the house (it had no lever/knob) to shut off the water, but there was still a slow leak because the water wasn't off at the street.
turns out there was a separate hole that our shut-off was in - the cover was completely buried with grass, so we couldn't find it.
i can't believe this would be buried just a few inches under the ground like that. there was grass over it and everything.
we got an emergency plumber out to get rid of the corroded valve and install a shiny new shut-off valve to the tune of $289...
...and we put a much more conspicuous cover on it so we (and any future owners of the house) will know it's there.
and we finally got our shrubs in the ground.
we're very lucky it wasn't a greater catastrophe, but it was stressful when that water was flowing fast and we had no idea how to turn it off. are we the only ones who don't think to check with all of our utilities when we do some minor landscaping?