Tub Disaster

Obviously, living frugally is an important part of my life. I’d even venture to say that it’s a generally overlooked life skill that once learned is a sanity saver. However, no matter how frugal you attempt to be, disaster has an unfortunate way of lurking around the corner.

And that is just what happened in our house recently. Our almost new house. Sigh.

I was in the mood to do some serious deep cleaning. I’m not sure why-temporary insanity? Perhaps. But I started in my teenager’s bathroom. What was I thinking? She is supposed to clean it weekly, but suffice it to say, her standards of cleanliness do not match mine. I’ll spare you the details, but in scrubbing her tub, I discovered an almost three inch crack in the fiberglass. Who knows how long it was there!

Luckily for us, my husband is a top notch handyman. He had never encountered this situation before, so off we went to the hardware store. I thought we’d be shopping for a new tub/shower combo, but hubby was on a mission to find a repair kit. Who knew? He verified a few things with the salesperson. In the conversation, the salesperson asked how old the tub was. Houses often have a one year warranty, but we were past that. However, the salesperson asked if we knew the brand of the tub, because they often have warranties as well.

Turns out, tubs are labelled with brand and model either on the lower left or lower right side. When we looked up the information online, we found the customsr service number…and even better, discovered that our particular tub has a twenty-five year warranty.

Service couldn’t have been easier. Tubs have serial numbers, and they were able to look ours up to find when it was purchased, even though were weren’t the ones to buy it.  A repairman came out and fixed it in one day.

So there you have it. What could have been a nightmare was fixed for free and with no hassle. Needless to say, that made my frugal heart happy!

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