Sorry we missed you yesterday, but we are ready to give you a complete update on the lightning strike aftermath of Chez Herd.
We were having a fairly normal summer shower Tuesday afternoon with just a few distant rumbles of thunder. Nothing particularly alarming. Frankie wore his thunder-shirt in Hu-Dad’s study, but he was pretty calm about things. Until KA-BLOOEY.
We knew the strike was close because we could feel it in the air as it happened. The internet was kaput, but that happens a decent amount during thunderstorms (the transmission tower is on the peak of the ski area, so it attracts lightning like any metal tower would). But within a few minutes, we noticed we didn’t have water.
That’s when things got really exciting.
The shockwaves of the strike traveled down our well shaft, burned out the pump, and shattered the water pipe . The water from the line raced back into the well which created a suction effect, draining water from everything in the house. Pipes, toilets, hot water tank—everything became bone dry. But the damage came from the suction in the water filtration system where the pressure was so great it crushed the pair of filter tanks.
The good news is that the well company hoisted the old pump out of the well (340 feet / 104 meters) below ground, installed a brand new pump, and repaired the broken water line. Water was flowing again by mid-day. The water filtration system will be replaced as soon as all of the parts are shipped in.
And repairs to the internet transmission tower were complete yesterday afternoon, so we are back online. The only electronic equipment that was damaged was a coffee maker—something the Hu-Dad considered to be a great catastrophe.
So all is good here at Chez Herd. Hu-Dad says the plan is to remain boring for a while since we have all had enough excitement.