Three posts ago, I questioned whether the stars were misaligned because of all the things going wrong here at our house. Bought the tires and the new refrigerator, sodded the yard… thought things were under control. But there’s a new wrinkle — the plumbing.
Unbelievable. When the washing machine drained, the sink and toilet filled up with soapy water that overflowed, flooded the laundry and powder room and damaged the floor.
The plumber came. He plunged and snaked and I handed him a hefty fee plus a weekend “penalty” and we thought the problem was solved. But it wasn’t. That was Saturday. On Sunday morning as the water ran out of the washing machine, once again the toilet gurgled and water bubbled up to the rim. No!
The plumber said (on the phone) that I’d have to pay another $79 penalty for a weekend call, and I responded something like, “Over my dead body.” I hung up, telling Jon that we’d have to find a bathroom… maybe a kindly neighbor? We could survive 18 hours, couldn’t we? But half an hour later, as I seethed and had already begun writing my letter of complaint to the plumbing company CEO, the plumber called back. He would be here later this afternoon — no extra charge. Well, no Sunday penalty. Most likely, he added, we’ll need to schedule a videocamera to examine the sewer pipe in the front yard. Maybe tomorrow.
New alarms rang in my head. The front yard? A videocamera? Tree roots, a broken pipe? I’m envisioning a bull dozer, maybe an earth mover, a steam shovel, a hydraulic excavator. My sod chewed up like Ceasar salad.
Alas, the story has a happier ending. After working on the sewer line with a snake while running water for two hours, the line is finally open — and the yard wasn’t even touched. The plumber announced the work is covered for 30 days, so there was no additional charge. And, he added just before he left, “Don’t buy any more of those baby wipes, not even if they say ‘flushable.’ “
On the bright side, at least I’ll get more points on my credit card. That’s good, isn’t it? At the rate things are going this fall, I should earn a flight to Australia in no time.