You know how it is with neighbors. The guy next door to me complains non stop about my family making "too much noise." Look, our homes are connected, so what does he expect?
At least once a week, this guy knocks on our door complaining about some rattling noise he's supposedly hearing. "It's gotta be your kids playing or something. I hear it all hours of the night, and I'm sick of it. Keep it down."
I swear he's just one of those people who loves to complain. I have no idea what noise he's talking about, except for the odd creaky rattles coming from our pipes. But these are old houses — what does he expect?
I'm tired of this dude. It's gotten so bad that he's even called the cops on us. Sure, my kids like to play, but they aren't making any type of noise like he's allegedly hearing. I have great relationships with all of my other neighbors, so I know he's the problem.
Staying at home more over the last year did not help matters. You'd think he would cut us a little bit of slack, considering our house has turned into both an office and a school. But no, he's gotten even worse.
My wife has tried to talk me down, but I'm ready to hash it out with this guy once and for all. A few weeks ago, he knocked on our door complaining about the creaking noise yet again. This time, I'd had it.
I started yelling at him to get off our property, calling him crazy and saying the noises must be in his head. As we were embroiled in a screaming match on my lawn, my wife came running down the stairs yelling that one of our pipes in the attic had burst and that there was water flooding our entire second floor.
My neighbor looked at me with the smuggest look on his face, and suddenly it dawned on me — was this the noise he was referring to? I walked away and went inside to assess the damage. It was bad, and we needed help fast.
I wanted to wipe the smug look off his face, but I had to take care of this problem. I called HomeServe, our trusted water line home warranty provider. With a water line home warranty plan from HomeServe, you have access to a 24/7 repair hotline to take your call and schedule an appointment to get you the help you need. They will send a licensed technician right to your doorstep to handle your covered repair. So, they can handle my repair while I finish that screaming match with my neighbor...
Plans from HomeServe cover major home systems starting as low as $7.99 a month. They sent over a plumber right away who fixed the pipe and identified others that he thought needed repair. Having a plan from HomeServe has always given me peace of mind, but how quickly they were able to have someone on the scene was impressive. And the plumber did an awesome job.
"These things are ancient. Hasn't the noise been driving you nuts?" he said. My wife and I both looked at each other … This is what he had been talking about.