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Mobile Home Costly Repair ,Broken Water Pipes

January 24, 2020

on Thursday okay so I’m gonna have to go
back a little bit and tell you a little bit what happened so for the last couple
of months we had a leak under our trailer and then the sounded very small
but over the last couple weeks of course that got really larger it sounded really
bad so finally on Thursday we had somebody that came out crawled under the
trailer took a look at it and was able to fix it
five hundred bucks later it was fixed but what happened was because now we
have better water pressure another leak so this leak is in the upper part of our
house so it’s not under the trailer but all weekend now I don’t have any water
because we had to turn the water off because of the leak and on Monday we’ll
get the same guy out to fix it he looked under the trailer and he said everything
else looked okay with our water lines so with our cold water lines everything was
great but now above who we had this leak and I wasn’t gonna do a video and I
thought hey why not because in life things like this happen so what am I
gonna do for three days without any running water so I’m gonna share with
you some of the things that I am doing in case you’re ever under this situation
you know we always talk about prevention and we always talk about emergencies in
life and here is an emergency you know the first thought is to panic oh my word
what am I gonna do what am I gonna do what am I gonna do I have no water then
you start realizing okay what can I do as you know we had a lot of snow but you
know what these two days it’s 60 degrees we don’t have the snow but last night
before all of it melted with gathering up snow so I would have water I want to
share with you just ways that you if you’re an emergency like me that you’ll
be okay you can stay calm and not get excited we
could have a plumber out today but then the cost would be enormous because it
would be considered an emergency and it’s okay
I can go a couple days without running water I mean think about it think about
countries like Venezuela where they don’t even have electric on a daily
basis and water come on a lot of people gone weeks and
weeks without any water so this video is just going to share with you the real
life of when you don’t have any running water Thanks all right I just want to
show you all that I really don’t have running water tada
there’s no running water we turned the pump off so now water is a precious commodity people
precious we can’t waste a drop of it now and that’s literally we can’t waste a
drop of it so I washed my hair last night with cold water right before I had
to turn the pump off and so we have these days without it so my hair is okay
if I had to I cook it down and get a shower at my daughter’s but you know
what we’re gonna rough it up a little bit and see what’s it really like mm-hmm
so let me go outside and show you what I was doing so I was collecting this water
some of it has snow in it yet so I was collecting all this water and this is
what we’ll use to boil to wash dishes and so this will give me enough of water
to last me quite a while so I’ll bring this in the house and I’ll use it as I
need it now if it be the summertime I wouldn’t mind it so much because I would
have rain barrels well it’s just too cold to have rain barrels right now even
though it’s like 60 degrees but next week they say it’s supposed to get down
into the tens and twenties so getting have rain barrels but you find a way you
always find a way this another reason why I always tell
you it’s so important to have buckets always have buckets on hand because you
never know when you’re gonna need them right now we need a lot of buckets
because I’ll show you how I’m collecting some of my water I’m standing at my well
and what happens is since all the snow melted this well fills up with water and
then it comes out here but guess what I put my buckets here and look I’m
collecting all this water so this is great so now I can use this water for
dishes and all kinds of things so I’m gonna go ahead and get another bucket
because we can have this water to use for dishes this is clean water that came
in the well that was overflowing so I gotta hurry up and get another bucket
here and collect this water all right I’m not too excited because I have my
berkey water filter and I can use that as well
so having some filter water is great on hand because we can use this to cook
with so I’m set with having this so we have water to do a dishes we have water
to cook with and water to flush the toilets and that we have our own well
and being that we have our own sewer I’m able to do all these things so now we’re
left is washing your hair bathing and so you can give yourself a sponge bath and
really clean yourself Wow in fact that’s what they did for centuries and washing
your hair that’s easy too and I’ll show you how I wash my hair when we don’t
even have any running water how is that going to work you know what things like
these happen to anybody no matter where you live and a lot of times people get
so excited and they panic you don’t need to panic you just got to think a little
bit so you gotta think okay how do we work around this problem and so and
having some things in case of emergency ahead of time is the key my friends is
the key for beverages but we’re gonna use this to wash your hands and things
now this was what the water that was collected from the pump that was
draining out of our well which are wellis bugs when we have a lot of snow
that’s smelling so it comes out of that sump pump so we’re gonna go put this in
the bathroom and this one’s in kitchen perfect people perfect you guys
are gonna find me rather silly but I want to share with you how you wash your
hair if you don’t have running water these things can happen to all of us no
matter where we live sometimes we don’t have water because we need to get our
pipes fixed so I’m gonna share with you what we do so we took the snow and we
melted it and now we heated it on the stove that’s why having things like this
help you out so what we’re gonna do is we’re just gonna put all over here in
front of us like this then we’re gonna take our water now if you have someone
to help you that’s even better because this is heavy to lift with one hand but
I have done this many times alright so now we just had a little water enough to
make our hair wet now we’re going to use a little bit of shampoo and now we’re going to take the rest of
our water and rinse it and it’s just as easy as that if you
want to make it easier if you don’t wear a shirt and just have your bra on that
makes it a lot easier because then you don’t have a shirt getting wet but it
really is easy to do it doesn’t take long at all and to give a sponge bath
it’s the same basically thing we’re gonna put warm water into a basin and
you work with your face and you work your way down and so I hope you enjoyed
this as you know it can be very stressful when things in our house don’t
work but you know what we try to make the best of it and try to make it as
pleasant as we can and you know what there’s always somebody who has a little
bit worse than us take care of I will see you guys tomorrow hey wait a minute
if you guys like videos like these just wait a second have you seen the videos
below that’s where I get to share with you all of my life in my vlogs and all
the things that I do here on the homestead take a look at these videos I
think you’ll enjoy them as well


  • Reply Owen January 22, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Good Morning Tessie, Sisters, Brothers, and Friends:) Wish you a wonderful blessed Wednesday filled with Gods joy and happiness:) May you be richly blessed:) Love you all:)

  • Reply Cynthia Allen January 22, 2020 at 5:44 am

    I live in hurricane country and when the power goes out we use the water out of our landlords pool, this allows us to flush the toilet, wash dishes and wash off. I heat it on my camp stove.

  • Reply Ginger Dover January 22, 2020 at 5:48 am

    We have ice storms, and hurricanes, I have two gallon beverage dispensers, one for each sink for dishes and hand washing, so important so no one gets sick from unwashed hands. They have little faucets and work great. For showers we have solar showers and for cold weather a rechargeable shower pump…

  • Reply J T January 22, 2020 at 5:52 am

    😡 Tessie! You left the flame on the stove on. We don't have water quite often. It happened last week. When we have a hurricane, and the power goes out, the water stops running within 3 days if they don't have fuel to pump more water up into the tank. Sometimes the treatment plant floods, the water gets contaminated and you have to drink bottled water. It's just smart to store at least 2 weeks of water, 1gallon per day, per person. Great video. God bless. πŸ’œ

  • Reply mary jemison January 22, 2020 at 5:54 am

    Amazing πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Natalie Drake January 22, 2020 at 6:16 am

    I live in a mobile home in a community and we lose our water a couple times a year. We keep several jugs of water on hand just in case they shut it off for emergency main line repairs. Luckily we have a gas stove so we heat up the water to bath and do dishes with. You just have to get crafty πŸ˜€

  • Reply beautifully simple home January 22, 2020 at 6:16 am

    Good advice, Tessie. 😊

  • Reply Jeff Ruleford January 22, 2020 at 6:21 am

    Hope all go well . God Bless you and yours .

  • Reply Mary E January 22, 2020 at 6:24 am

    You always make me smile and remember things in my past and i hope God love you and bless you for it

  • Reply Jumpoff A January 22, 2020 at 6:25 am

    I am a prepper for the most part and I have tried several experiments dealing with which is a better container for storing water. I have found the 2 litter soda bottles work the best. The plastic is thick enough to keep the water in for a very long time without deterioration of the plastic. A milk jug or water jug will allow the water to evaporate, crack and break open. You can get the container that holds 8 – 2 litter bottles of soda, now water better. Of course if you have the room you can use a plastic drum or bucket to store your water in. But should it go bad or if you need to leave you won't be able to take the water with you.

    Did you know that one gallon of water weighs about 9 pounds, 5 gallons is about 45 pounds? So do you think you can move a 30 or 55 gal barrel? Water is a very fragile commodity. It is much like a living organism. It has to breathe to be fresh or you will have to sterilize it. There are several ways in which this can be done. You can pressure cook it sterile. You will kill any organism that may be in the water. Believe it or not you will always find living organism living in the water; anything from green algae to microscopic organisms. It is these living organisms that can and will make the water go bad. Another way to have sterile water is to use 1 teaspoon of bleach per 2 litter bottle of water. After a few days the chlorine will dissipate and the water will taste normal. You can treat the 5 gallon, 30 gallon or 55 gallon barrel of water the same way. You just have to increase the amount of chlorine to 1 table spoon of beach per gallon. With a tight seal on the bottle the water will be good for a year or longer, if kept in a dark cool place. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lola Duran January 22, 2020 at 6:53 am

    We be there before without water and had to do the same thing… you are absolutely right someone out there has it worse off… we just have to be grateful that are heavenly father always provides and Berber take things for granted.

  • Reply Carol Deaton January 22, 2020 at 6:55 am

    At my moms house when I would go to visit we would have to get water out of the well and heat and wash AR hair and sponge bath. I remember them days. My mom had no pipes at all running into her house. Sending Tons of love from the Kentucky grandma.

  • Reply Michael Myers January 22, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Ouch but those repairs have to be done as I mentioned in my old 55 year old mobile home my water lines ran along the wall on the inside of my house not underneath the trailer they were all original 3/8 copper line from the kitchen sink to the bathroom well they were old and had leaks so from the kitchen sink to the outside water line I replaced with half inch PEX water line big difference in water pressure LOL but I have no hot water still the things we do to keep our homes comfortable and low maintenance

  • Reply Wanda Landers January 22, 2020 at 7:37 am

    i keep lots of gallon jugs that have been washed and use them to even water my hanging plants

  • Reply Larry Alarcon January 22, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Great video, hope it gets fixed asap, I had to get five gallon water jugs from windmill water at Walmart for an emergency , your well is a lifesaver that is awesome

  • Reply ShalimarPerfume January 22, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Last weekend, it rained like crazy here, which flooded the streets from too much water entering the storm sewers, and because of big trees on our street, the sewer got clogged from tree roots and leaves. Anyway, our basement flooded and so did a lot of others. Came up from the drain in the floor. We were able to mitigate an insurance claim by keeping on top of using the shop vac and taking that 45 litre shop vac pail up the stairs and dumped outside away from the house. Didn't let any flushing or sink draining happen for a day and a half. I even filled large pots of clean water from the sink and boiled it just in case. A total of 55 x 45 litre pails of water we pumped and took up 8 stairs to be emptied outside. Many eeling of the drain services were overwhelmed and charging up to $500. Then I found my city's free eeling program. They came Sundayy afternoon a week ago, 24 hours after it happened. Saved our basement and our year old new furnace. By Monday Hubby and I were quivering piles of flesh.

  • Reply Kryssi Heitman January 22, 2020 at 8:17 am

    I live out in a rural area in Southern Oregon up a hill. I have water storage. I am so glad I have it because it came in handy several times. One thing I have to help out with when you need to wash up when you need to bathe and water is limited is Norwex Body cloths. They are like wash cloths with this special fiber in it that helps to disinfect when used with hot water, no soap. You have to talk to a distributor/consultant they explain it better than me. They are a little bit pricey but I only use them for emergency water situations because they are good when you want your body to be clean but can't shower because the water is not working. Seriously worth the investment . Plus you don't have to worry about soapy gray water either when using them. I am not a consultant just someone who has benefited from these when water was tight and I needed my body to be clean. If anyone is interested message me and I can give you the number of the girl I got mine from. The important part of when water isn't working is to be mindful of not wasting it and being mindful of potable and non-potable water.
    I love how this community we can help everyone out so we can learn and grow together.
    Miss Tessie God Bless You!

  • Reply Centsible Living With Money Mom January 22, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Tessie, you are one amazing lady.

  • Reply Melanie January 22, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Wow I thought I roughed it. My old house the Septic tank went out
    I used a large plastic tub stood in it in my kitchen used my sprayer on my sink to take a quick shower lol worked out me

  • Reply UpLiftingHome January 22, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Thinking outside the box…that’s great Tessie! Love, CarolπŸ’œ

  • Reply carole d January 22, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Hi Tessie. Sorry about your plumbing. I can relate. Things go wrong n no savings so sometimes getting someone to fix it isn’t possible. We have a huge leak somewhere in bathroom or hot water tank n no savings to call plumber but only for estimate. My children would help but they have their own struggles. Praying πŸ™ please pray for me too. Thankyou in advance. Love your channel You’re very fugal indeed. God bless you Tessie n family. N God bless all who reads this. β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ™

  • Reply Dessi Cantor January 22, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Water is always one of my first preps and a way to get it. We have a creek not so clean down the way. But I still keep buckets in the garage w water.if need be I can go to the creek and fill the buckets.πŸ˜‡

  • Reply Kimberly Clark January 22, 2020 at 9:42 am

    About 20 years ago, the little town I live in lost their water supply, and was forced to tie in to a neighboring towns water system. It CAN happen! Since then I have been looking for ways to conserve water. Walmart sells flushable store brand wipes I keep on hand just in case! They are no rinse and work quite well

  • Reply Andrea Mills January 22, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Does not your son, know how to do pipes. Round here everyone usually from youth learns how to work on household things of that nature. My husband thank the Lord can work on anything around the house from vehicles to plumbing. Saves a lot of money. πŸ˜ƒπŸ™πŸ’›

  • Reply Ludie Maye January 22, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Tessie,I am sorry you went through this but happy things got fixed. you are a wise woman by not going into panic mode , as I say don't stress just press on.

  • Reply Heidi January 22, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I totally understand. We are on a shared well and our water pipe broke from the well to our house 2 times last year. We had to have a backhoe dig up our entire water line for and replace it this summer. We went without water for a few days but I was prepared. My neighbors who share our well we're freaking out. They had to go buy water. Our bill was $6000.

    When life gives you lemons….have a blessed day.

  • Reply Polonia Rosa Carrasquillo January 22, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Dear Tessie πŸ’ž
    Happy Wednesday 🌞 🐫 πŸ’—
    So sorry to hear the you when true to that; I pray to God doesn't happen again 😊
    Tessie, I learning something every day to have God in your heart ❀ and give the praised to him to keep
    are mine and body in peace πŸ’• He now everything and I always thing is a test the we have to go true it 😊
    God is good all time, all times God is good, Amen πŸ’•
    Have a great and blessing day ❀ you and Kenny πŸ’Ÿ GOD BLESS YOU BOTH πŸ’ž
    I Love you my Dear Sister Tessie πŸ’ž 🌼 🌹 ❀

  • Reply Rev. Jenny Osorio January 22, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I remember when I didnt have enough money to pay the gas and it was turned off. So for months i heat water on a little electric stove and take sponge baths. I would wash my hair in the sink with cold water. Like anything else you get used to it. Things happen in life and we just have to find solutions. Life goes on

  • Reply Deborah Cook January 22, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Great ideas…we always keep at least a five gal bucket of water for emergency (just a old bucket with a lid), we also have our filter water which is normally a minimum of 7 gallons on hand. And I just got two more buckets the other day, one for the bathroom and a spare. Another thing we just started is putting out 2-3 buckets on the back porch to catch either the snow or water even durning the winter…last week got close to 5 gallons. I can also water my plants with the rain water. By the way, to make it easier pour the water into a jar to wash your hair….not quite as heavy πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pamela Levesque January 22, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Growing up, our well went dry every summer, so I am no stranger to going without water! In fact, to this day, I still appreciate every time I turn on the tap and have water at my finger tips! I will never take it for granted!

  • Reply Teresa Roman January 22, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I have lived in situations which require sink baths and sink hair washes. Some were because of major storms that put the power out. There are big and little SHTF events in our every day life. My suggestion is practice. Practice makes better. Thank you for sharing! Have a great day. Love and hugs.

  • Reply Cindy Hamlin January 22, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I been melting snow every winter. Using the snow for dishes. I strain it even for dishes. Love you tessie

  • Reply B & B Home January 22, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Been thru this many times. Once when the boys were little we had to find a freeze in the pipes. We turned the pump off until pipes thawed. I had the boys turn on the pump while I was under the house. Wow, the pipe had busted and I'm screaming turn it off. Those sweet boys crawled under the house to me and asked "Mom you okay? You okay." Hugging me, I told them we will be okay. A plumber came after the roads cleared 2 days later. We managed just fine. People are more resilient than you think.

  • Reply kerry Irving January 22, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    GOOD ideas!! I'm GLAD you have the resources you have at a time like this!! ❀️. REALLY hope your water is back on soon!! πŸ’«πŸ™

  • Reply Richard Schmidt January 22, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    You can wash your hair every other day or every third of fourth day…I rinse my hair every day, but actually wash my hair a couple times during the week…better for your hair…my daughter-in-law is a hair stylist and she shared that with me…have a great day out there. Thank you for all you do, Tessie! Dawn @ Rich & Dawn in MN πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda Miele January 22, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    As I’m drinking my morning coffee I’m thinking to myself this Tessi is so real. Love it!

  • Reply Paige family Homestead Our Journey back January 22, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    🌻oiii you've had grief with the water..BUT? ITS FIXED NOW ❀ shouldnt happen again. Glad you had your wits about you. Your a survivor.

  • Reply dlfleischerlmt January 22, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    I went 2 months withput water. Our pump had to be dug up and replaced alot of money. Oct and nov awful Snow here as well do what we got to do

  • Reply Jackie Elias January 22, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Tessie, you are an absolutely wonderful lady. What a positive person you are! I enjoy your videos. God bless you and your family.

  • Reply Marilyn McClintock January 22, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    A year ago I was without water for a month. Had to wait for my boys to dig down and put in a new pump. At times it was too cold out to deal with. I had bottled water and my son in law brought me water to have to flush with. I am a very patient person.
    Grandma Sue in central Indiana and Izzi Too

  • Reply Sophie's Choice January 22, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    I am 60 years old and as a child we had no bathroom, and as the years passed our pump died so we no longer had running water. My mom was widowed and daddy didn't have the chance to install proper plumbing before he died So, we did have running water in the sink until the pump went. From then on we collected water from my nanny's well, our well, or kind neighbors who didn't mind giving us a few gallons. We used a chamber pot, as did my nanny until we had to move into the city when I was in 9th grade. That was what we knew. We were clean, our home was clean. We sponge bathed out of a tub and washed our hair like you just did. It isn't the end of the world. I treasure that because it has helped me numerous times throughout my life. We think the world is going to end if the city turns off the water for a day or two, or a storm tears through, or the pipes burst. Not even close. We just have to use our common sense and look at it as an adventure and a learning experience. Running water such as we have today is a relatively new thing. People lived without it for millennia. A few days (excuse the slang) ain't no thing.

  • Reply sandra perdun January 22, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    TESSEE I love your attitude you never quit, you are a problem solver.

  • Reply *tygfr* *me* January 22, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Sis…lπŸ’–ve yπŸ’–u…
    i lived off grid for 5 years after hubby passed and hauled ALL my water for daily use and my garden …….
    hard, but, i made it ! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Anel Mottley January 22, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    My Dad would tell me "do the best u can, and the heck with the rest", as a kid we had a out house till my parents could pay a contractor, this was early 70s, no one thinks that happens in New York State

  • Reply spoiled rotten! January 22, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Having no water is hard but doo-able, we also live in a mobile home, our pipes froze and broke and we financially cant afford to get them fixed. Before they broke we did have water but haven't had any hot water for over a year. We heat water on the stove for dishes and washing up and are getting good at a 3 gallon shower! I fill up a camp shower bag with 3 gallons of warm water, hang in our shower and wash fast! I have long hair so I use 3 gallons, my husband uses less then 2. I have a wood cookstove in my canning shed I do all my canning on and most of my daily cooking, i wash all my laundry by hand and hang out in the summer and in the winter we hang on drying racks and clothes hangers to dry them. We grow all our own food, raise all our meat, chickens, rabbits, quail, goats, pigs, turkeys, ducks, pheasants and geese, hunt venison and trade our meat and meat products for grass fed organic beef. I also dehydrate and make our dairy products from our goats milk, mozzarella chesse, cheddar cheese, sour cream, ice cream, cream cheese, yogurt, soap, lotions, shampoo etc. and make all our processed meat, sausage, ring bologna, bacon, lunch meats, kielbasa, brats, frankfurters, summer sausage etc. We heat with wood we get on our property and hopefully one day we can get solar panels and tell the electric company goodbye! We live in northern wisconsin where we get temps as low as 20 to 30 below and highs in the summer over 100 degrees. We have a 16 x 40 greenhouse to stretch out our growing season which is only about 5 months, with the unheated greenhouse it's about 8 months. We have our own well and septic and now since the pipes in our home are froze we hand pump our water for the animals and carry water from there to the house. Our septic froze last winter so we used a 5 gallon bucket composting toilet for almost 6 months till the weather warmed up and our drainfield unthawed. We do what we have to do to survive and make do with what we have. We are a family of 6, with only one income which is below the poverty level but not low enough to get help…Even if we could get help I'm not sure I would except it. If we need something we go without and wait till we can afford it. I've waited over a year to get hot water and it might be another year before we can afford to get it, first thing we have to do is repair our broken, froze pipes. But we will get it, through hard work and a lot of patience. Our latest catastrophy besides the froze pipes, the blower motor quit working in our 98 vehicle, I had a flat tire, no cell service to call my husband, it was 12 below zero, blowing and snowing. a quick 1 hour trip to town lasted over 6 hours and I frost bit the toes on both my feet. I'm still cold and that was 2 days ago. The swelling in my toes is down and they are mending. We sold a goat yesterday to get a blower motor, that money was supposed to be for the pipes…guess I'll wait a bit longer for running water in the house… it's always something on the homestead!

  • Reply Patricia Kochis January 22, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    My heater / propane furnace stopped working ,i have been freezing for 12 days in temps of around 13 degrees,no electric heater and no other heat sources in my moble home .i have a large stock up pantry with mostly canned goods ,they all froze ,my water lines froze and broke .I will be saving up for a small used Wood burning stove .I failed to protect my investment.i have no money saved for a repair person to come over and fix it. Lesson learned. Have a back up Heat sources.

  • Reply Wanda Hershey January 22, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    I remember dad putting a clean barrel at the eaves of the roof (corners) and they would fill in the summer rains and we would get into the barrels and take our bathes. Well had went dry. Where there is a will there is a way. Have a blessed πŸ™ day

  • Reply TheKatherine1958 January 22, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    4/19 the main water pipe broke in our attic. It caused several ceilings to cave in and major damage. Needless to say we were out of water for about 2 weeks. We had to have all new pipes put in in the attic. You learn to get creative very quickly! Hope your leak is a quick fix!

  • Reply Bri A January 22, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    I've been through that, for a five day stretch, and it was not my favorite thing! As a result, when the temps drop to 30F in Texas, I let the taps drip, even if I am not sure I need to do so. It is absolutely true there is always someone who has it worse than us.

  • Reply Bri A January 22, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Another viewer referred you to Sharkbite fittings to fix leaks. Here is a link for you and us (we all need solid plumbing!):

  • Reply Gloria Matherly January 22, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Tessie, I will be 70 years old this June. When I was a child and young adult we always washed our hair in the kitchen sink. Our homes didn't even have showers, just a bathtub. I never had a shower until I was 25 years old………at the hospital!! We did always have running water though!

  • Reply SensaiMan January 22, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Typical, I would be in a panic, a few nights ago we had minus 4 degrees below freezing, Collecting snow is a given if you have no other water. You gave some great advice. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Debra Meyers January 22, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    We just went through this a few weeks ago. The bladder on our well burst and we had to wait a few days to get it repaired. We gathered all we could and thankfully we used the water from the swimming pool to flush the toilets. I appreciated this video.

  • Reply Carol Webster January 22, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Maybe this was a teaching moment…I have read most of the comments and as you can see, lots of people have encountered something similar. Just be prepared for the future I guess. It happens to us in the Spring when we go to our cabin, there''s usually always a break or two in the water line, or some type of plumbing issue where there is no running water. My hubby can fix the minor and bigger than minor leaks, but sometimes do have to call a plumber. Did that last year 2x…We need to go to the lake for water to flush the toilet or drive aways to get drinkable water. Its a bit of a pain, but it does get fixed. Best is to have that emergency fund for a rainy day for that plumber. I find that $500 high, but I don't know what he had to do. Skilled trades can cost a bunch, i.e. electricians, plumbers. Glad you had your Berkey filter system. That was a big help.

  • Reply Liz Bolick January 22, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    I had wash my hair like as a kid
    We love you Tesse Prayers your water is fix and everything back to somewhat normal hugs

  • Reply MiddleEastMilli January 22, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    I learned about Bucket Baths years ago. Prep a bucket with toasty warm water (not a big 5 gal but regular dollar tree size) and grab a plastic cup. Get a cup of water and begin to wet my hair as standing up (body gets wet too). Shampoo and also soap body. Then rinse and all done. Fresh as a daisy! πŸ™‚ LOL

  • Reply bee walsh January 22, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Another interesting video.
    I've had some similar experiences
    I trust that the plumber came over and you did get the pipe fixed Everytime I see your Berkey water filter , I go on Offer Up to see if I can purchase a used one !!
    No luck yet but I know I will find one eventually. Stay warm Tessie.!

  • Reply Barb P January 22, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    I used to fill up gallon jugs of water. On the kitchen counter, I filled two bowls with water. One had a little bit of soap for washing hands and the other was for rinsing. If pour a small bucket of water into the basin of the toilet, it will flush. You mentioned your daughter's home, maybe you can fill up water jugs there and shower, also. Maybe your pipes need insulation on them which can be purchased at Home Depot, etc. The look like tubes that have a slit on the side and can be easily placed on pipes. Good luck! You gave us followers great ideas! Thank you!

  • Reply Felica Goodland January 22, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    I've done many sponge baths and washed my hair that way many many times. I still do wash my hair that way often. Believe it or not, using warmed water on the stove uses less energy and water than using the faucet! It's really frugal.

  • Reply LoveLife January 22, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing your educational & inspiring frugal way of living. God Bless. πŸ‘β€

  • Reply Shirley Drake January 22, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Tessie, I do believe your going to have to replumb that old trailer. It’s just like a medical procedure to increase the blood flow to the brain, something blows in the brain because the arteries aren’t used to the pressure! Increased pressure will cause anything weak to leak or blow. Fixing each leak at $500 each will break you up! It’s lucky you know how to get by without using a lot of water. I fill empty two liter soft drink bottles with water as I empty them and keep a lot of them on hand for an emergency. I’m not as equipped as you are, but I could at least flush a toilet during the night if I had to. Blessings to you and yours!

  • Reply Emily Hutchison January 22, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    These really are precious life skills Tesse. So many folks in this day and age aren't faced with hard times. As a result, they probably wouldn't know what to do if they were faced with these issues. Thank you for being so wonderful!

  • Reply Rob Adams January 22, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    This may be none of my business, but I admire the way you live, so I'm asking with a humble heart and sincere interest: If I may ask, where do you live? I mean, what state and what city are you closest to?

  • Reply MegaCandylady1 January 22, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I had no water for four days. I so understand what you’re going through. It got fixed the day before my birthday (17th), followed by my family giving me a surprise birthday party πŸ₯³! My family came from out of state. Crazy days but doable. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

  • Reply Pinch A Penny Homestead January 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Great video thanks for sharing with us ❀ no leaks is good πŸ™ I lived 3 months no water, electric due to the snow lol

  • Reply 1nicenurse January 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    I understand how this feels!

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  • Reply zane sutherland January 22, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    We want to get a hand pump put on our well situations like this or electricity is out, etc

  • Reply Theo Buunermond January 22, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Oh my 500 bucks to fix a leaking pipe? Those are the days that it is a pity that I'm not your neighbour, I'm not a plumber but I learn how to solder at a very young age. So replacing a leaking pipe (or partial) was a piece of cake to me. I hope the next bill would be less, otherwise I should ask President Trump for a green card πŸ˜›

  • Reply Sheryl Anne Jacobs January 22, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    3 days without water? That is NOTHING!!!!!!!

  • Reply Carol Godzieba January 22, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to me and you hang in there girl

  • Reply Carol Godzieba January 22, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    I washed my hair in the sink all the time

  • Reply God Stories January 22, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    I appreciate you, thanks!

  • Reply Tommy*64 January 22, 2020 at 11:55 pm


  • Reply Linda Mendenhall January 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Also if you had the water from washing your hair in a dish pan etc it could be used to flush! I am thinking out side of the box!

  • Reply Snow Shadow January 23, 2020 at 12:11 am

    You can go visit the kids!

  • Reply Connie Baum January 23, 2020 at 12:12 am

    My folks always said that when things go awry it gives us a chance to show off our Yankee Ingenuity! That's exactly what you did! YAY, YOU, Tessie. Your husband must be so pleased that you didn't panic or whine!

  • Reply My Sugar Creek Cottage January 23, 2020 at 1:25 am

    Great Tessie! I went a week without hot water last week. Heating on the stove for dishes and washing. But no water is a whole different challenge. Pam β™₯️

  • Reply Linda Barkley January 23, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Tessie, your attitude is great we've all had water issues and get upset but you show us how to get by.

  • Reply Angela Angell January 23, 2020 at 2:59 am

    Pour your water into a bucket or lg bowl and dip it out with a plastic cup. Much easier. I use a bucket to do a sponge bath as well. I'm all electric and on a well and septic. If the electric goes off it's good to have some water stored. I want to save up for a berkey water filter like you have. It can be rough, but it's not too bad. I buy gallon jugs of drinking water at Walmart to drink anyway, so I always have water on hand. It takes exactly 1 gallon to flush a commode. To conserve you can just flush it once a day unless it's number 2. Also if you have to, you can use trash bags in your commode like a liner and use sawdust just like a composting toilet and just toss it in the garbage or bury the compost out back.

  • Reply Paula Strachan January 23, 2020 at 3:19 am

    We had our own emergency this week. On Friday night (of course) our thirty some year old heating system shut down and wouldn't come on. It was pretty obvious a safety had triggered for some reason. When the man came the next morning, he found that something important had finally cracked and it was unsafe and not worth repairing for the umpteenth time. We were without heat until late Monday, when they got the heating half of the new system in. As soon as the repairman left Sat. morning, we didn't open the door again. No going out for the paper or to the post office for the mail. We wanted to keep every bit of heat we had inside. No fireplace. Fortunately, we have new, deep insulation in the attic. Twice a day, I cooked something using the oven, and then opened the oven door and let all the heat out. We put on an extra layer of clothes, and extra cover on the bed, and dripped all the faucets to protect the pipes. And just waited it out. We were toasty warm in bed. The hard part was getting out of bed and getting naked to wash and dress in the mornings. When we were surprised by having to have a major overhaul of our main bathroom a year ago, we made it on sponge baths for eleven days. We can do what we have to do, but certainly prefer to be warm and FEEL clean. Daunting to realize everyone used to live like this all the time! I once read a blog post by a woman who said how important it was to teach your children the rudiments of taking a sponge bath, as some young people don't realize it is possible to be clean enough to not be objectionable without having an endless supply of hot running water. This is where you come in, teaching what some may not know.

  • Reply Barbara B January 23, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Years ago we lived in cabins in the mountains for 6 months with no running water. We had a well that we dipped with a bucket. And we hauled drinking water. We made a shower bucket with a faucet on the side of the bottom. Then a year ago our well broke and it took a week or so. We have a water tank on a stand for survival emergencies. We hauled it to the house in plastic buckets. Lots of people live without running water. It is just a little inconvenient but you can still stay clean and keep your house clean.

  • Reply Barbara B January 23, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Instead of the heavy kettle, pour your warmed water in a big pot in the next sink. Then dip it with a measuring cup. And no bulky hoodie, just a t shirt.

  • Reply Penny Sugas January 23, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Another great idea that many people forget about is that if needed you can always drain the water from your hot water heater. I think it's good to keep wet wipes & no rinse shampoo/cleanser on hand for emergencies too.
    Excellent idea about gathering the snow Tessie! (Side note: my mom used to make ice cream with snow.) Because I've been through a house fire you did make me a bit nervous leaving the burner on the stove lit while you washed your hair though, eek!

  • Reply glenda sabo January 23, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I had a pipe break last year in the cold. Had to wait for it to get warmer o fix. The it broke again and in the summer.. only cost me 60 the first time 160 the last time. Always get a mobile home Plummer. Keep constant drip in all cold facets. Make sure you have a heat pump. Put some plastic pool poles over the pipes. Just slit them down on one side. If it freezes, thaw out with hairdryer. Open cabinets, use little heater. Take hot running water out of tub and pour down sink that is frozen. Keep water running all day long with constant drip or little stream.

  • Reply Little Squirrel January 23, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I lived off grid at my aunt's house for 4 months when I was in college. No running water. Stood on large basin. Wet body and hair. Soaped up . rinsed. Repeat. Clean as can be. Shaved, conditioned hair, scrubbed nails. No big deal. People have kept themselves clean this way for hundreds of years. Now don't get me wrong, running water is absolutely fabulous, but in certain situations I would rather be clean then have a luxurious shower. Makes you appreciate your running water even more

  • Reply Dolphin Gray January 23, 2020 at 9:39 am

    This is why we ALWAYS leave our faucets dripping anytime it is 32 degrees or below. Always.

  • Reply Chris Riggs January 23, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    We have a cat so, when I empty a litter can I clean it out, fill it with bleach water and store. It has come in handy many times.

  • Reply patricia goulette January 23, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks Tessie, so helpful

  • Reply Kathy Myers January 23, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    No water? You better worry about toxic mold.

  • Reply impatience1 January 23, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    $500 for that plumber who crawled under the trailer and fixed the leak? A bargain at twice the price.

  • Reply Linda G. January 23, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Been there,, we have more leaks than you can believe .. also live in a mobile home, have gone days without water many times. good video…

  • Reply LeeAnn Wicker January 23, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    After three leaks in as many months I had all my water lines replaced. Fortunately I have an unfinished basement so the job wasn't difficult for the plumber. $1,200 later all was fixed and no problems since — three years.

  • Reply Dale Hicks January 23, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    You should have called. We discussed this before.

  • Reply Carol Godzieba January 23, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Best wishes to Allison I hope your dog is well all test come out great have faith I'm sure all will be well Carol About I'm a new subscriber but have been watching tessy for about a year I would like to get in on all your group discussions as they make me lift it up You are all a great group of people

  • Reply Carol Godzieba January 23, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Tessie Is the only 1 I put a comment out to the has responded to me the very next day with all she's doing and she's taking care of and always and a happy new year and Praying for others I believe she's an angel I believe

  • Reply Carol Godzieba January 23, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    We had a house fire December 11, 2018 we had nothing we had to stay and trailers that The insurance company provided it kept just warm safe and dry but still there's nothing like home So I ask all of you just to hang in there god has a plan And he keeps youso in his heart God bless and pray for each other

  • Reply Jean Saben January 23, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    I love your attitude/always positive

  • Reply Debbie Moore January 24, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Hi Tessie love watching your are wonderful.

  • Reply Kathy Garber January 24, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Hello, there are always the neighbors that will let you have water. Cheers.

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