Twas the Friday before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stiring not even a mouse. So I got up and went to pick up my rental trailer for my wood haul and the lights short out my SUV.
I know you've heard this already. So it gets better....
I spend the day getting them fixed. The obvious fuses were not the culpret. It was the fuse box inside the vehicle that I missed. ChaChing!
Wait it gets better....
Christmas night (12/25). My second son finishes his bath (2nd floor). I'm in my basement shop shop and my wife is screaming for me about the water in the powder room toilet overflowing. Thinking someone had clogged it I rush up stairs and it was not overflowing. IT WAS GUSHING! Quickly I try to stop it while my wife and other son get towels, a bucket and mop. Nothing is working. Gallons of WARM water are now flowing between the toilet and the floor into the finished basement. Once it stops I get things relatively cleaned up and rush down stairs. My wife is already putting bukets under the lights where the water is draining. I go get the drill and proceed to drill holes in the ceiling to get more to drain.
Finally it stops.
2 hours of clean up and damage assessment, clogged main line, we go to my office gym for showers. Home at 11:00.
Don't stop it gets even better...
Tuesday at 7 I call plumber #1, my regular guy. They say they can send someone out to snake the drain by 1. At 1 they call and say no can do, someone stole the big snake. I call plumber #2.
Plumber # 2 comes out at 4. He snakes the drain from the cleanout. after 15' of snake he pulls it back. MUD IN THE LINE!!!!! The main is cracked! He says call plumber #3 who does sewer line replacement/repair. Plumber #3 comes at 5. They assess the situation.
Drum roll please....
Oh you think its over right???? OH NOOOOOOOOO its not!
Plumber #3 shows up this morning at 9. After waiting hours for Miss Utility to mark the lines the dig begins. Plumber #2 thinks the break is about 10' from the cleanout. They start to dig. After reaching the line no break. They dig further into the yard. No break. They resnake the line. Looks like Plumber #2 was wrong. The break appears to be closer. They remove my blue stone walk (with care) and a full grown boxwood. They dig. They find the break! They find that the line off the house is 2.5" lower than the sewer line! Time to call the office.
After much consultation I call and talk with the owner. She says (it's a Family owned business) that they need to dig out to the where the line drops a 90 to the main sewer height which is about 24' from the cleanout. That way they will get the grading right on the line. Of course that was not in the original estimate..... $1900 extra.
So for tonight we have a temporary line and can stay at the house. Last night was at my sister's and I was up all night fuming over this.
Tomorrow at 9 they are back to re-lay the line and fill in the trench and seed etc. I get to redo the walkway and repair drywall!
So that's what I got for Christmas this year!!!! Oh but wait I forgot... I'm Jewish!!!!
BTW, I'll be having a potty party to celebrate the miracle of the sewer line!