... OR "I Think We Got the Trick and Not the Treat"
(a late Halloween Tale)
That's right, a brand new entire sewer line to replace the one that was so wrought with tree roots and basically disintegrated that it had to be abandoned.
Saturday the night for Halloween parties, I walked into the kitchen to find both sinks full of water - with NO stoppers engaged. Mr. N&TOH had just taken a shower. That was the only water that it could possibly be! So we grabbed the plunger and got the water to move -- but only as far as the dishwasher right beside it (WITH clean dishes in there). I managed to grab the bottom rack and move it to the dining room. Then I proceeded to scoop buckets of water out of the sinks and throw them off the patio while he scooped cups from the dishwasher. See, the dishwasher doesn't have as huge a basin as the sinks so we were starting to get gushing water from said dishwasher. We said forget it, let's worry about this after tonight.
Jump to Monday and we couldn't actually get anyone out until Tuesday. This plumber put the snake down the kitchen drain and came up with dirt and weeds. Fantastic. He told us we were gonna need Roto Rooter. Yeah, that sounds like a big problem. They came out Tuesday afternoon and discovered that our CAST IRON pipes were basically original to whenever The Old House first received indoor plumbing and had since been shredded by tree roots and rust. It was now time to abandon those pipes and put in an entire new PVC sewer line - FROM THE BACK OF OUR LONG, ROW HOUSE TO THE FRONT WHERE THE CITY TIES IN! LOVELY!
I wanted to do a small kitchen upgrade with a new stainless DW and new Stove and some new granite counters but that is not going to happen. Instead, we can now shower, flush the toilet, and do laundry. For now.