Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sewer Sucks.

A while back my very witty cousin Mandy blogged about her plumbing problems. Well I had similar problems this weekend also BUT I will say it hasn't turned out as bad as her situation YET, there is still more to come.

This morning (Saturday) the kids came upstairs and asked "Should the carpet squish when I step on it?" and my first reaction was I can't believe you are asking this question, no, of course the carpet should not squish when you walk on it. Well Scott went and checked it out and it appeared we had a sewage backup in our basement. It was coming out of our toilet, bathtub, and the house drain in our utility room, and in teh backyard. So I called my landlord who was literally walking out her door for a trip to SLC and she does not give out her cell number, so I was luck I got ahold of her, and she authorized me to call the plumber. THe man was very nice and came right over and fixed the problem. We had a grease blockage between the house and the street. It was nothing we did, just years of build up and no up-keep. Well now we needed a clean up crew to decontaminate our basement because now it was covered in raw sewage. Luckily my plumber had my landlady's cell number and he called her in SLC and got authorization to call a diaster clean up crew. While all of this was going on we were standing outside talking and there is water dripping all over the house cause the snow was melting, and Scott put his hand up and felt hot water dripping OUTSIDE the house. Now this is really not good. We had the hot water running in my kitchen sink to help to clean out the drains because the plumber had poured some citrus stuff down them, and the hot water from my kitche sink is draining through the wall and under my siding and outside. OH MY GOSH!!! I am dying. So he says this is a HUGE problem and he can't fix it. It will require demolition. So then the cleaning guys came and tore up my carpet and trashed the pad and disinfected teh basement and sprayed everything with an anti-microbial to keep from mold and other stuff from growing from raw sewage, EWWWWWWW. He the said they were unable to access teh floor where the drain is in the laundry/craft room. It is in a small space and it has our furnace and 2 water heaters and a bunch of stuff, and he recommend "opening the wall" from the hallway to get in and clean it properly. He said it like it is no big deal, but really, I think it is a big deal. I do not wish to live with heavy construction going on in my house. I am starting a new job and this is a worry that I don't need. Oh and did I mention that Spring Break is underway, so now my children are home for 9 days? I can just see myself, No leave the nice scary looking construction alone, no he doesn't want to play, stay out of the sheetrock dust, no don't go downstairs......

I hope my house doesn't end up like Mandy's. As of right now we can still do our dishes and use all of our toilets and such, BUT if this turns bad I will loose the use of my kitchen and that would be unimaginable. So much so that I am just going to pretend all is well and go to my happy place.

3 comments:

Mandy said...

Welcome to my world, woman. I hope it doesn't discourage you to hear that a month later they are still working finishing up our bathroom and plaster . . .

Jen'n'Jordan said...

Yuck. Yuck Yuck yuck yuck! That's all I can say. Yuck!

Jen'n'Jordan said...

Oh, and I'm so sorry! :)