DIY Repairs: Geeez Style

Homeownership:   The pride of owning something.  The freedom.  The REPAIRS

One of the big reasons why my sister and I sold our house last summer and moved into apartments was because we were so stressed out by the constant repairs.  I have short term memory problems.  I forgot how much I hate keeping up a home.   

I guess I didn’t really forget so much as there were other considerations.

The plumbing in this house is possessed by satan  a bit of a challenge

I have had the plumber here 6 times since February: There was a leak under the sink.  There was a broken water line under the sink that ruined some of my brand new flooring.  The faucet fell apart.  Nothing came out of the faucet (wait that was the back bathroom) The garbage disposal literally fell apart into the pipes and Friday night the water wouldn’t drain.

Well I was not about to call the plumber out again for a little stopped up drain.  So I consulted the internet and watched a YouTube video of how to unplug your sink.

The first thing you do is get a plunger THAT YOU DO NOT USE FOR TOILETS because that is just gross and you try to push the clog down the drain.  In my case it just came out the other side of the sink.  (See gross picture #1 of my gross sinks)  This is an indication that the clog is below the ‘Y’ branch off pipe area thing.

Next step (#2) is putting down buckets to catch the water.  Or some rubbermaid and your soup pot.

Then you unscrew the fittings and let the water drain out.  This was gross and I didn’t take a picture.  You are welcome.  When you have taken apart all the PVC pipes under the sink you realize that the clog is further out and you are going to have to call the plumber after all. 

AND THEY RECOGNIZE YOUR VOICE BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN THERE SO MANY TIMES.  I feel like I should just give them a key.

Keep in mind that you will have an extra fun time if you are fighting a curious toddler who has a flashlight and wants to see what is going on under the sink AND a puppy who carries off the PVC pipe and fittings (Picture #3) which you then find scattered all over the house.

As it turns out there are roots growing INSIDE MY PIPES!  INSIDE!!!  MY PIPES!!!

INSIDE!!!!!!!!    I didn’t even know that was possible!!!!

Apparently the little tenacious roots find the tiniest little spaces in the pipes and set up residence.  And because there is water and nutrients all the time they grow very fast.  In my case there was a ball of roots about 1.5 long and had created some sort of oily black substance also.

YES IT DOES REMIND ME OF SOME SORT OF HORROR MOVIE!

But my friendly plumber staff people bid me adieu and recommended that I have them come every six months to router out my pipes to keep it from becoming a problem.

AS IF I WON’T SEE THEM AGAIN BEFORE THAT!!!

 

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3 Comments on “DIY Repairs: Geeez Style

  1. You can save some money by occasionally washing some root poison down the drain. Ask at your local hardware store. An added benefit is that when some leaves on the plant or tree start to turn brown you know which plant is the culprit.

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