Matt is Pretty Sure There’s a Ghost in His Washing Machine
It has been a really strange weekend for water at the James household in Windsor. For starters, we have all kinds of junk floating around in our well water all of a sudden. Like to the point that our faucets and showerheads are clogging up almost daily with debris from the ground. Hopefully we'll have an answer on that sometime this week.
However, something even stranger happened to us yesterday. Now let me be clear, if I could determine what caused this to happen, it wouldn't be strange at all. The strangeness of this story doesn't from what happened, but from the fact I can't explain why it happened.
I was hanging out upstairs watching TV on Sunday when my wife beckoned me downstairs to the laundry room with a "you need to come and see this". That sentence alone is never a good sign. When I got down there I found that the entire downstairs bathroom/laundry room had completely flooded. I quickly grabbed my Hoover Floormate to vacuum all the water up and then proceeded to investigate.
It was pretty obvious, based on the fact the water was soapy and smelled like laundry detergent, that the water had come from the washing machine. The washer had just finished a load of the kids laundry and other than water being all over the floor, seemed to have functioned normally. I unload the washer, disconnect it, and pull it away from the wall. At first glance everything seems fine. I then tip it over to check for other things that could have caused this. I check the pump seals, the drain hose seals and clamps, looked for rust around the wash basin... nothing. I even checked the drain where the hose goes into the wall and pumped water into it to see if it had a slow clog...nothing.
Not only could I not find any point of weakness in the washer, there wasn't even any part of it that was wet. How is that even possible? It's clear that all the water that flooded my bathroom came from the washing machine, but how? And where?
This picture shows the undercarriage of the washer itself. Not only is everything nice and dry, it's also buttoned up nicely and everything is snug and tight. So who the heck knows what's going on with this rig? The most likely answer is that there's a ghost living in it, right?
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