I live in the country and have a well pump. There is access to "City Water" but Steve and I loved the taste of the good water that came from the well. Steve was in charge of keeping the well pump up and running - He did all the maintenance and repairs as needed.
Whenever, he would leave for a few days, I would ask him to check out the well pump and make sure everything was working properly. It always seemed like when he left - something would break and I would have to call in a repair person.
Just last January, Steve and I were both gone, the weather dropped into the 20's and several pipes burst. I came home to water everywhere and a screeching noise from the pump. The repairs were well beyond my capability - So, I was just without water for 2 days until Steve got home.
He would be out in the wet and cold - and never complained.
So....my biggest fear is that the well pump and pipes would break. I spent several nights insullating the pipes, walls, making sure the heat lamp worked, and whatever else I could to keep thngs working for at least another year. I even had a service done on the pump itself and changed the air filter.
This morning, I woke up to no water. I went out in the cold - yes 28 degrees in Louisiana - and found 3 inches of water in the pump house and the pump making a noise like the motor had been running way too long.
I didn't cry - I just figured that this was Steve's way of remindng me how much I needed him. I really didn't need a reminder. It probably wasn't even the cold that caused the pipe to break, it just had a small crack that gave way - the water didn't freeze - I guess my insulation worked.
So the wonderful repair man is here - fixing the broke pipe. Hopefully, this will be my one an only repair job this winter.
Miss you Steve and wish that you were the one doing the repairs.