HO called and said her washer overflowed and flooded her house. She ask me to check her ductwork, she saw water running down the vents. Ducts at far end of house, away from crawlspace door. Three runs of flex full of water, water everywhere. This was the smallest space I've ever seen. I had a young helper with me. I crawled to the very end, flat on my stomach. I tried to slide out and I was stuck. I’m not the fattest guy around, my waist am 36 inches. Next thing I know my heart started beating very fast, breathing rapid and felt panic.
I never felt this anxiety before. I have crawled lots of crawls, never had a panic attack till today. I felt like the floor had me and was not letting go. I told my helper to grab my legs and pull, and I was unstuck. I did my best stomach crawl to the door. I was in bad shape. I walked around the house and gathered my composure.
Like falling off a horse, I got back on. Went back in, let the 19 year old skinny helper lead the way and splice in new flex.
Have any of my fellow techs ever experienced a panic attack under a house?
Hard day on the job.