My pipes, as expected, are very corroded, rusted and seeping. They located the leak and were tempted to snap it off, cap it, and leave one bathroom disconnected until I can re-pipe but the pipes were so bad they were afraid to even touch them in places. They also found a pinhole which was spraying the floor above it. A full square foot of flooring was wet underneath, so they taped the pipe very carefully.
Bottom line - next week after I refinance a short term loan, they'll install an inside shut off valve in my laundry area. Until re-piped, I will go outside to turn it on for no more than half an hour several times a day to do things like fill the tanks, take a fast shower, etc. Even that is risky. With the inside shut off valve, I won't have to run outside each time. I'll use a laundromat until the full re-pipe which must wait few months while I figure out how to gather funds. There is no way I can afford another loan payment. I will not just patch this time. It's too far gone but I'll get that valve to help avoid going out in really bad weather or late at night. I will also keep a dozen single gallons of water on hand.
Meanwhile, I told the fellow who was going to help me carry tables this weekend that it was "off" and of course he asked why. When he realized I was without running water, more or less, he popped up over here an hour later Thursday evening with 10 one-gallon bottles he had, and he had filled them with water for dishes, etc., to cut down on the number of times I need to turn-on/turn-off. What a blessing.
I've attached the photos they took of the pipes. I saw them personally two years ago during a previous "patch"and they've become worse. It's time.
Because I cook everything from scratch, I am having a grand time working out rinsing fresh produce or dishes (I have a separate container of clean water for that) and so on. I am drinking liquids a lot less (obvious reasons) and making other adjustments. But I have my home, and I am sheltered, and I am not facing Matthew as so many on the East Coast are, so fearfully, this weekend.
And away we go!