Living in the city means I get to deal with temperamental plumbing. We have had quite a few occasions where our sewers have backed up into my laundry room. See – I live in an older two family house with plumbing that can’t handle a multifamily dwelling. Double the showers, double the dish washing – double the flushing toilets. Having parties usually results in a plumbing disaster.
A few months after we moved in, the tenants upstairs decided to have a Christmas party. There really is no good way to tell your guests to not flush certain things down the toilet – but one can hope that common sense would kick in at some point. Apparently you can’t expect too much from people, and the next day I opened the door leading to my laundry room and got a whiff of funk. I turned the light on and watching as toilet paper, sewage, and unidentifiable chunks spewed up from the drain. Nothing short of disgusted, I called my husband, my dad, and the plumber. I wasn’t too thrilled and cleaning up was not fun. A little bit of drain cleaning was all that we needed, and the flow of sewage went in the right direction – OUT of my laundry room.
If I had known that this would be the beginning of my sewer problems, I would have done a little more to prevent similar situations from happening. Shortly after this incident, my washing machine hose backed up and I found a pool puddle in my laundry room once again. Thankfully this time it smelled much better!
I wish I could say that my plumbing problems ended there, but about 3 more sewer backups have happened since. Each time we have heavy rain, it is guaranteed that our garage will be completely flooded. I am now on a first name basis with the plumbers!
Do you have any horrible sewer stories?
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