What lies beneath

Just when we thought we were putting stressful renovation problems behind us, Mr. Limestone walked into the cellar last night to find this.
Sewage Line backup!
And this (viewer discretion strongly advised). Lets just say that ain't just water!

Mother#$&*$!

Mr. L leaped into action to get it under control. He moved the boxes out of the way and manned the wet vac to keep the damage to a minimum while he got all necessary parties on the way to get it fixed. By the time I got home, he had done it all which is a very good thing because while I wouldn't consider myself the type to be overwhelmed by house problems I call uncle when those problems involve human feces.

All the signs pointed to a sewage line collapse. Aside from the grossness factor, we were both pretty depressed at the thought of another huge bill as well as the major aggravation factor of ripping up sidewalks, getting more permits, etc..

I'm really happy to report that we were wrong! We had a sewage company come over with crew and camera. Evidently there was a blockage from rocks/bolts/other crap that must have come from the renovation debris. They snaked and sucked and water jetted the blockage until it was no more. We're a little lighter in the wallet ($900) but it was no where near as bad as it could have been ($10K+).

19 comments:

  1. ooh nooooooooooooo! =( debbie

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  2. Ugh- having just gone through the 10k job of digging up the driveway to replace a collapsed sewer line, I am so happy for you that it was a lesser problem with which you had to deal.

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  3. PHEW! That is indeed lucky! (and, thanks for sharing the cost with us... as you know, I'm always trying to get a realistic handle on the expenses associated with renovating a lovely old house.)

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  4. Why did I click that link??? Why?

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  5. That is so awful, good thing you went with tile for the basement, I am so glad for you it wasn't too serious.

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  6. I have your home illustrated, let me send it to you to put a smile on your face and send you some good karma.
    Sorry to hear about your misfortunate incident.
    Ah, the joys of "home-ownership!"
    Patricia

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  7. I have your home illustrated, let me send it to you to put a smile on your face and send you some good karma.
    Sorry to hear about your misfortunate incident.
    Ah, the joys of "home-ownership!"
    Patricia

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  8. Oh, noooo.... damn! that is SO bloody annoying!!

    I sure hope they did manage to clear the debris; that it is permanently fixed and that you won't have any further problems. What a shame!

    sending you a big hug....

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  9. it's not even my house & even my when I saw the picture I said "Holy $%it"! I'm so glad the damage was minimal! Phew!!!

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  10. What a nightmare...a girl's worst!! Thank goodness, it wasn't as bad as it looked! You owe Mr. Limestone bigtime for cleaning that up!! Well, at least take him out for dinner, if he can eat after that!!

    Everything else look gorgeous!
    Linda

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  11. Holy Crap! But, I'm glad it worked out like it did. Mr. Limestone is Mr. Wonderful!

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  12. Glad it worked out better than expected.

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  13. Glad it wasnt a total line collapse. We had a gross back up too, only it was contained to the tub. But still, a tub full of brown stuff. It was traumatic.

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  14. OMG!!! That is every home owner's worst nightmare! I'm glad to hear the problem wasn't as costly as you first thought it was and it was easliy fixed! Sending good vibes your way...........
    ~Des

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  15. ooh no! What a nightmare.
    Good thing it wasn't as bad as you thought, and that it was easier and cheaper to fix than you antisipated

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  16. ooh no! What a nightmare.
    Good thing it wasn't as bad as you thought, and that it was easier and cheaper to fix than you antisipated

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  17. That's horrible. And, I agree about avoiding plumbing failures. Ick.

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  18. Oh my goodness. I can totally feel your pain. While we were renovating, we flushed an upstairs toilet... to later come downstairs and find the same problem that you guys had... poo, water, etc... all over a newly tiled floor. Let me just say our tiles are white and the grout is a very light gray. I spent hours on my hands and knees with bleach. Our problems were roots in our sewage pipes out in our yard!!! ughhh

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