Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thank goodness for Smoke Detectors and Sump Pumps!

I have 4 different melt pots for my wax - One is a great big turkey fryer - the others are presto pots. I have had the presto pots a long time and had issues with the temp control cord/ probes before (and have 2 pots now that I have had to share one cord which can be a "pain"). Last night suddenly my smoke detectors went off - and when I ran downstairs my presto pot that I was melting wax in was smoking up a STORM! I quickly unplugged, added more wax to cool it down and opened all the windows. It was a little scary! I just found a site on line and ordered 2 new sets of cords/ temp controls. *Whew* I don't want to think about what might have happened if I hadn't gotten to that when I did!

Now today it's raining- pouring! - on top of what was 2 feet of snow - we even had thunderstorms last night. It's around 50 degrees and now about half the snow is melted. When my house was built my builder put in a sump pump and drain tile. If you stand downstairs right now it sounds like there is a stream running under the house! The sump pump is pumping water out about once every minute. I can't (and also don't want to) think about how much flooding I would have down there if I didn't have that!

So today I am very grateful.... to say the least! Now if I could only figure out how my mail carrier is going to pick up my packages while my (unpaved) driveway is still solid ice!


Heathen's Hearth said...

Oh no!! Good thing that sump pump is there. I'm glad nothing really drastic has happened!

Sweet Surrender Candles said...

Thanks! and now I am super paranoid careful with my pots till I get new cords! Also determined to move somewhere warmer next year!

Lona said...

Wow--too close for comfort!

My dh (a part-time firefighter) calls turkey fryers "garage burners", because so many of them start the garage (where people are frying their turkeys) on fire. So I first thought this was going to be about the fryer.

Anyhoo--so glad that the sump pump and the smoke detectors work!

Sweet Surrender Candles said...

I keep my turkey fryer at a much lower temperature than you do with turkeys - just needed it for it's size! :)

PitBullLadyDesigns said...


Glad you are safe and dry!