Thursday, November 4, 2010

So What Do You Get For Seven Grand?...

... 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.


  1. Awwww....That's too bad. Sounds like something that would happen to me. :/

  2. I can't even tell you how many times something like that has happened to us. At least you're set for a while in that department.

    And showers are good.

  3. Oh NO!!! What a bummer, but at least Restor-A-Finish is cheap! You can get it almost anywhere, I got mine at Home Depot and they also sell it at places like True Value and Ace. Happy refinishing - while you save up again for your new appliances :(

  4. Oh I remember when the sewer deamon struck here...never a happy occassion. Not a fun time. sorry for the kitchen delay.)-:

  5. Thanks Ladies! Now that we're over moaning and groaning about it, we're just dealing w/the fact that it is what it is!
    Thanks Sara! I'm definitely going to pick some of that up and work on my dining room table and china cabinet. I've got a HD right across the street from work.

  6. Oh, I am so sorry. I've lived in an old house for about 19 years now and have had many similar experiences. Try not to get too depressed! I know just how you feel. :)

  7. That story made me feel a little sick, and it's not even my house. :) I'm so sorry you don't get to do your kitchen stuff. I hate it when the guts of the house take away from my decor budget!

  8. Well now you know that when you get the stuff for you kitchen you will not have to worry about the plumbing, hope that thought helps a bit.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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