We got an early Christmas surprise today. Keep in mind that in this house the main living floors are upstairs: two bathrooms, two bedrooms, kitchen, living room etc. All those places where you use water, don’t cha know? There’s another bedroom and bathroom downstairs, along with the library, office area and quilt studio.
I was downstairs when the upstairs toilet was flushed, and the downstairs one overflowed. I heard the noise and went in to look. It was obvious this was not the first overflow of the day. It was bad. Very bad.
So we called the plumber, who fortunately was available to come right out. Then we turned off the water to the toilets, scooped out the nasty stuff and waited. He arrived, looked and told us the clean-out was of no use. Why? Because the main house sewer line that goes to the city sewer line had broken, in the crawl space under the house. “Badly strapped” the plumber told us. A new length of pipe will have to go in. But not today, it is late, raining, cold, getting dark and he doesn’t have all the materials he needs. He says he will try to get us one working toilet until he can come back (hopefully) tomorrow to finish the job. Having a toilet is good. Not being able to use the showers, kitchen sink or dishwasher is not so good.
He is in the crawl space, trying to get things drained and patched up. Will we be able to flush tonight? When will our plumbing return to normal? How much is this going to cost? To be continued…