The water heater is leaking!!
This morning we realized that the carpet in the bedroom was really wet. It's been raining here for two days, so we were sure that we had a ceiling leak. We did an inspection and discovered that the water heater was leaking under the bedroom drawers and onto the main carpet. We also discovered that we don't have the tools needed to cut an access hole through the 3/4 inch plywood to even reach the area of the leak. One trip to True Value Hardware later and we had access. Apparently I misjudged which tools we would need on this journey. We reached the leaking fitting and started to remove it when it promptly snapped off inside the water heater. It wouldn't have been a big deal if it wasn't 4 inches from the wall and accessed through an 8 X 4 hole two feet above it... 56 Miles later, courtesy of Home Depot, the cheap plastic fitting is gone and replaced with a metal one. It did take three attempts to seal all the fittings(it was a combination of fittings with four connections) before everything operated correctly and stayed dry. It was a long damn day, beer is my friend... Porter