Just over four months ago, I was blogging about a disaster that had been averted due to my daughter's good ears. Had she not caught the fact that water was gushing into my basement, my basement might have flooded or at a minimum, I would have ran through a thousand dollars of water on my next monthly bill. Three days later, the same thing happened again and that time I fixed it with copper and thought all my water leaking problems were behind me, at least until I had sold the place to someone else.
Then right before my trip to California, it happened again. By it, I mean I went into the basement utility room to find water spraying everywhere. I quickly found the leak in the fitting between my hot water heater's hot side and the house hot water supply line. After shutting off the water and disconnecting the joint, everything appeared in good order and the rubber gasket in the bottom had no obvious defects and had compression. I taped up the threads with Teflon tape, cinched it up tight and turned on the water again. No leaks.
My confidence it now blown though. Gone are the days when I feel like I can leave my house for a weekend and leave the main water valve open. Now, I am going to have to close it and turn off the hot water heater so in case a leak does occurs as it has now three times in the last four months, I won't flood my basement and won't burn up the water heater. Once again, having copper pipes with 100% soldered fittings seems like my only option when I build my house that will be fire, tornado, earthquake and hurricane proof as well as more efficient than any stick build house by a factor of three. It just doesn't make sense to have one like that which can flood from the inside.