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In which i almost blew up


Words you never want to hear from your Piedmont Natural Gas repairman:


It’s been a few years since I was that scared!

Let me fill you in.


A few times in the last few weeks I thought I smelled gas but then I sniffed around and figured it was my imagination.  The other day I went to far as to tell Kevin that I feel like I’ve smelled gas but that I checked the fireplace starter 3 times and all seemed well.


Today, when I got back from the gym it smelled like gas a little more than usual.  Finally, around 12:30 I called Kevin (who was on a business trip) and said whom should I call: the gas company? or the HVAC guys?


Kevin told me to call the gas company and I did.  They were very nice, told me not to turn on or off any electronics and my favorite part “don’t strike a match.”


I didn’t.  Strike a match that is.  Which was difficult because that just happened to be my “match striking day!”


So I sat down to wait for the guy figuring “hope I don’t die while I’m waiting.”  It was amazing because 25 minutes later the guy knocked at my door.  I say knocked because I was told that the repairman would NOT be ringing the doorbell at all.  Didn’t want to spark an EXPLOSION and all.


So he checked around the fireplace and around the downstairs and told me to turn of the thermostats (I have gas heat) while he went down to the basement.  I did that and sat down to wait.


I didn’t have to wait long because the guy was back in about a minute.


Repair Guy:  Ma’am.  I need you to get out of the house and go to the end of the driveway!

Me:                  What?

Repair Guy:    Please leave the house immediately and don’t touch anything electrical.


… so I get my dog and out we go.


Me:                  wait!  I need to get my cat

Repair guy:    you can’t go back in there.  It’s not safe

Me:                  Why?

Repair Guy:    because your entire basement and crawlspace is filled with gas so you need to wait out here

So I sat at the end of the driveway with my dog and my iPad…THINKING


… What about my cat?

… She’ll probably be fine.

… Well hopefully.

… At least that’s what the guy said.

… I mean, probably IF THE HOUSE DOESN’T BLOW UP

… Although I suppose if any cat could live through an explosion it would be Butterscotch.

… After all, she’s survived accordianing (not a word) her intestines twice right?

So I sat while he put on some sort of HAZMAT suit and then he said, “I’m waiting for the gas to clear out.”


Which I suppose it did because he disappeared into my basement.  Eventually he came out and told me that the line to the furnace had busted and therefore the gas had been leaking under the house and apparently the crawlspace and the basement were “full of gas!”  In fact, he then told me “he hadn’t been that scared in a few years” which I don’t think is such an excellent thing.


He said he had opened the door to the basement and basically, his equipment went crazy and EVERY alarm he had went off and he got the hell out of there.  Hmmm…that doesn’t seem very safe.


Now I’m back in my house at my computer so if you’re reading this post it means I haven’t blown up.  He felt that the gas had cleared out enough for me to go back inside but that I “shouldn’t use any gas” and that I shouldn’t turn anything on or off but I could do whatever else I want.


What I want is to get rid of this god awful smell and then let Kevin know that ONCE AGAIN I have saved the day simply by being around.


Man he’s lucky to be married to me.  I saved his house from an explosion.  TRUE FACT!



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  1. Vidya Sury
    March 5, 2012

    Gawsh, Lynn. You’re a real hero! I was scared shitless reading the post till the end….afraid of what I might read. I wish you had some sort of alarm that told you when something was leaking. Sigh. Can’t cover every base(ment) can they!

    I am very glad you’re safe. Is it all okay now? I mean, can you turn things on and off? :-) Hugs!

    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      yeah, i’m all good. I don’t know why there isn’t an alarm for a natural gas leak. THere really should be and we’re looking into it.

  2. Angela Wood
    March 5, 2012

    Your Simon Birch moment!
    Glad you are still around : )

    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      hahaha…you’re too funny

  3. Rose37
    March 5, 2012

    Hi Lynn,
    What a kind of experience you have my dear, how I wish I can find also a man who will do anything to saved me… But I never wish to experience as you have…

    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      Ummm…who saved me

  4. Mayor Gia
    March 5, 2012

    Yikes! My coworker had that – a gas leak under the house. He had to go without any power for like a week. Glad you’re unexploded
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    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      Oh that stinks…Kevin was surprised that the gas company fixed the valve

  5. Jessie Powell
    March 5, 2012

    Holy moly — when he went in in the hazmat suit, I’d have asked to borrow it to get the cat. Who would have probably flipped at the very sight. Bet you become LEGEND down at the gas company. “So, I got the call one morning, Lady thought she smelled gas. Nothing unusual there, but I get to the HOUSE, and the equipment just goes nuts. And this woman is sitting there in the kitchen not sure if she smells it or not. We’ve got to up the chemicals in that stuff, Chris, because she just about blew us all up. Just imagine if I’d rung that doorbell….” At which point they all kick back for lunch or head out for beer.

    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      hahaha…well, i was PRETTY sure i smelled it but…guess we’re lucky

  6. Cathy35
    March 5, 2012

    Alarm for a natural gas leak is such a good idea.. You are really a real hero..I am so glad that you smelled it and that your both alive..
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    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      yeah, i don’t know why we don’t have one actually

  7. flobits
    March 5, 2012

    Hadn’t this been written in the first person I’d have got worried for real :)
    Seriously, good to hear that everything’s fine. Gas can be a genuine bitch
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    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      well, i’m just happy the house didn’t blow up

  8. Julie
    March 5, 2012

    Thankfully you have a good sniffer and saved the say. I say, “Celebrate. Strike up the band! No, scratch that. Strike up some matches!”

    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      Hahaha…I love your comments

  9. flobits
    March 5, 2012

    Party? To celebrate life, literally speaking? :D:D

    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      sure, why not?

  10. kathykate
    March 5, 2012

    the nose always knows! good sniffer! selfishly, i so want a hazmat suit to wear around town. wouldn’t that be friggin’ awesome?!?!?

    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      hahaha…that would be awesome. can you imagine the reactions?

  11. Kyla@Mommy's Weird
    March 5, 2012

    WHOA. Scary! I love how you bring the humour to it.
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    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      well, i do find almost everything that happens kind of funny

  12. Betty
    March 5, 2012

    I’m sorry your match striking day was ruined. :(

    • Lynn
      March 5, 2012

      I know right? the ONE day that i could strike a match too!

  13. Charrmagn
    March 5, 2012

    Hahahah! Kevin is really lucky to have you..Gosh if I am on the same situation, honestly, I really don’t know what to do…
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  14. Mirana
    March 6, 2012

    If I am that situation my hubby and I are now burn and dead.. I am not a good sniffer and I lack of in-danger sense.. One time I left my iron unplug and it’s still On.. Thankfully the iron has an automatic off when it’s too much heat..
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    • Lynn
      March 6, 2012


  15. LuccyT05
    March 10, 2012

    You are very lucky.. I am really so glad that you have a good sense of smell and alert! :) That’s a great thing..
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  16. carly
    March 12, 2012

    Wow! That was scary! I would have freaked out, especially if I couldn’t run back in to get my kitty. :(
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