This morning I woke suddenly by the sound of splashing water. It was a water pipe that had bursted as a consequence of the hard winter cold we have had in the last week. The actual crack was 3 cm long and the water was all over the place. I closed the main water dial and after three hours the repair guy came and fixed the problem. The photograph - taken with an Iphone 4S - shows the piece he removed.
We feel lucky as we are driving to Austria for a ski vacation this evening. Imaging that this water leak has happened tomorrow. Water all over the place for a whole week. A nightmare.