You may be wondering what’s up with the random picture of my sink. Well, this post is celebrating newness, and so I just had to share our shiny new kitchen faucet with you. I never really imagined myself buying a fancy new faucet, and it wasn’t really in the budget. Then again, the $400 water bill caused by our old leaky faucet wasn’t in the budget either!!!
That’s right. No, don’t blame the water company, I already tried that. Our normally $60-70 water bill was a whopping $400, and I literally fell off the stool I was sitting on when my husband came and told me. I immediately called the city (where I also happen to work) and threw a very nice and polite fit.
They sent someone out to check the meter, said it wasn’t spinning so we didn’t have a leak, and reminded us that yes we still owed them $400. We paid up, but we weren’t happy about it. We thought it may have been from watering the garden at the end of the growing season or something, so we assumed the bill would be cheaper the next time.
But our next bill, two months later, was almost as high! I threw another internal fit, wanting to find someone, somewhere to place the blame. Again the utilities department said it must be something in the house like a toilet that kept running causing the problem.
That’s when we took a look at our kitchen faucet. We had noticed a slow drip from it a while ago, but didn’t think that it was enough to cause that big an increase in our water bill. But one day, when Eric was taking a shower, I had water running in the kitchen. I ran to investigate and saw that even though the faucet was turned off, water was running out of it at full speed! When Eric turned off the shower, the water in the kitchen stopped.
We’d never noticed it before because the boys (our Chinese exchange students) shower while we’re at work, and we typically shower together (hey, we’re still newlyweds okay!).
Eric tried to see if it was just a matter of replacing parts, but some of the parts were so old that we finally decided to just replace the whole faucet. We considered getting another cheap one, but then realized that this was probably the most used item in our home. We wash hands there before meals, I use it regularly while cooking, we fill water glasses and pet bowls with it, we wash our dishes with it, basically it’s used at least twenty times a day.
Once we recognized what a important part of our daily life the kitchen faucet was, we decided to put a little less into savings that month to splurge for a
$100 $190 (sorry, sleepy posting, didn’t double check. Still worth it!) faucet.
Eric and I both pretty much hate plumbing, but it’s better than paying someone else to do it. Plus, I always find him incredibly sexy when he’s fixing something in the house!
He wasn’t quite small enough to get underneath the sink to remove the old faucet, so I lent a hand.
I had to crawl all the way into the cupboard! It took a few hours but we now have a brand new faucet that makes me smile every time I use it. I never knew something so simple could bring me so much satisfaction!
Yep, there it is again. Just have to revel in its awesomeness for a moment.
Okay, moment over. That’s not the only exciting newness in our life. We’re enjoying lots of firsts with our puppy. Soon I’ll share his first day at the beach with you. We also just finished our first time in charge of a family reunion. It was amazing, though we’re now taking a couple days to recuperate. Lastly, we’ve got some new things in store for the website. Exciting times!!!
Addition: I’m amazed how many emails I’ve gotten in less than 24 hours asking what faucet I got. It’s the Delta Savile Stainless 1-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet, and you can get it on Amazon although we bought ours at Lowes. Yes, we absolutely love it. We haven’t had any issues and the sprayer is fantastic.