So I am not an expert plumber or even a plumber at all but, I do feel like one after the sh*t that we just dealt with and when I say sh*t, I do mean it literally. I never knew that owning a home would come with me cleaning sewer water, poop (yuck!), and apparently un-flushable “flushable wipes” off my back lawn.
So after the sink in the mud room started to stop draining and the toilet started to make bubbling noises, I went into the guest bathroom to find that toilet start to fill up instead of flush. This is when Colby decided we needed to test all the plumbing in house. The sinks and showers were all clogged and the toilets wouldn’t flush. So, his first solution was to open our backyard clean out to see if it would release a clog and guess what; it didn’t. I did however have to clean up everything off the patio and lawn.
His next idea was to stick the hose down the clean out on full blast while, we clogged all the toilets, sinks, and showers with plastic bags and rags. This did not work as well. The water ended up just coming through the seal we made and once again filled our patio and lawn with water. We then closed the clean out, removed the toilet in mud room, and tried the same hose trick. We created a seal around the hose in the toilet’s sewer hole with a trash bag and large towel. So, I was running through the house in my dirty sewer water boots checking all the toilets to make sure they weren’t bubbling and all the sinks and showers to make sure they weren’t filling. Eventually the sewer hole filled up so much that water just burst through the seal and all over our mud room floor. Yay more sewer water!
After the last scenario, I started crying and couldn’t stop. (Darn hormones!) At that point, Colby told me I needed to go to bed. (FYI: I did work 7pm to 7am the night before and this whole mess probably started around 9am!) So off to nap I went with no ability to shower and feeling just altogether nasty. Colby made a home depot run while, I was sleeping and bought something else to use since, their rental department did not have what he needed. He did something during my “nap” and when I woke up, we were able to use one toilet that couldn’t be flushed and only run one sink at a time till it filled all the way up. We also had a giant hole around the backyard clean out and a new cap in the frontward clean out. Colby bathed with a washcloth and soap in the bathroom sink. And then rewashed his hands and arms with Vinegar to get rid of the sewer smell that would just not go away!
So this morning, Colby found a rental equipment place that had an Electric Eel Sewer Snake that we could rent for $95 for 24 hours or $60 if you get it done in 4 hours (and he brought me a Rise Up Coffee!) After having done our homework (watching youtube videos) the night before, we were prepared to get this pipe de-clogged. We stuck the snake down the clean out and got stuck on the elbow of the pipe. This was apparently not going to be as easy as a youtube video shows. Colby finally was able to maneuver it and push the end through the elbow then all we had to do was use the foot peddle and feed the snake down the pipe. We could tell that we hit the clog when the snake stopped pushing forward and started spinning in a circle. Then boom, the snake pushed forward and our pipe was officially unclogged! I went through the house and the toilets flushed and the sinks and showers drained. And we finished it in less than 4 hours!
*Now Colby and I may not agree on everything or really much when it comes to fixing and redesigning our house but, today I have never been more thankful for this handy man who did everything (disgusting things) to try and fix our sewer blockage.