The plumbers were back! They fixed everything. Replumbed with the new pipes so that I won’t have burst pipes again even if they were to freeze, rerouting the plumbing so it’s not in the wall anymore.
They turned the well pump back on and discovered that the bladder tank had been damaged by freezing. (Because the heat tape was unplugged. Because I didn’t know there was heat tape on the tank or that I was supposed to plug it in. Or had ever heard of heat tape before. I have so much to learn and I was left no instructions and I’ve only been here six weeks.) He said, “Do you have a man on the place?” I said, “No, but I’m trying to learn to be like one. I only just got started.”
All this to say, I still have no water. The bladder tank kicks off because it’s damaged and has too much air or something. They’ll be back tomorrow with a new bladder tank. They helped me get water for the cows before they left by manually forcing the tank to run. (The creek is getting low. Hopefully it will rain again.)
If you missed the rest of my plumbing calamity (and how could you?), you can find the beginning of my calamity here and thank you for your help, whether in donations or support!! I’m hoping this can really be fixed tomorrow and I can bring Morgan home.
P.S. Checking with the homeowners insurance revealed this is not covered (in answer to your questions).