Wednesday, February 20, 2008

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Goin'

Know that bullshit saying that bad things happen in threes?

That should totally be the motto of my life. I swear. Holy hell.

Our bathtub (now, let me just say right here we have two bathtubs in the house; unfortunately, a few months after we moved into the house eight years ago, Aaron broke one and never got it fixed so we essentially have one bathtub in the house) has been draining slowly for about two months now and it's nearing the point of not draining at all.

I've been wanting to call a plumber, but Aaron has these grandiose ideas of fixing things himself, like that one time? Where he snaked our washer drain line? That's like a three foot straight shot to the main drain? And it took him over 12 hours to do it? And I have to stand by and pretend to be all supportive and impressed with his master manly super hero skills? Yeah.

So, I've been waiting on Aaron to snake this god damn drain for over six weeks ("I can totally do that myself!") and this weekend I was all "Dude, I'm callin' a plumber" and he was all "No, you're not" and then he gave Darwin a bath and it stuff backed up into the tub and Darwin completely lost his shit and then Aaron was all "Okay, you can call a plumber now" on Monday night.

So yesterday I called around and found someone who could come out that afternoon and it was gonna cost less than a hundred bucks and I was all "woo hoo! I' can take baths again!"

So then the dude comes out and snakes and snakes and GUESS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

He decides to take some pipes apart to see what's happening because the tub still isn't draining and he finds...



[I really hope you aren't eating anything.]






[Because this is really gross.]






[And by "gross" I mean really fucking nasty.]


Dude. The pipe is full. The left side (full side) is original to the house, cast iron which is rusting and essentially clogging itself.

So now the plumber is here to rip out a shitload of pipes and our mainstack and replace it all.

And I'm looking for one-way tickets to get the hell out of here. Someplace with alcohol and running water without drainage issues.

22 comments:

sltbee69 said...

I feel your pain. I went through something similar last week with my clogged bathroom sink. It was what ruined my V day and made me want to rip his card up into a million pieces. Luckily, once we got a plumber out to clean out all of our drains, we didn't run into extra problems. It could have happened to being as we live in a home a little over 60 years old. It's amazing sad how excited one gets over freely running drains, isn't it? Keeping positive thoughts that you don't have to use first born as collateral to pay for it all. ((HUGS))

laeroport said...

Ugh! We have one two bathtubs, only one in operation, and no shower. For the past year. Yeah.

But hey, we have alcohol and no problems with drainage, and my kids are finally all well, so come on over.

Chickenbells said...

Oh ca-ca...this reminds me of a story. Once upon a time a week before Christmas, my EX and I snaked the drain and then decided to "look" into the pipe with a camera, and noticed a blockage. The plumber dug up the area (main sewer line) and found the original pipe (clay) that was patched with...get ready for it...

concrete.

Whee. $8000. later...we got a whole new sewer line. Merry Christmas. ho ho ho...the good thing is, at least I got to keep my new sewer line in the divorce. I hope this goes smoothly for you and fixes both of the bathtub problems you have...

Heidijayhawk said...

ohman. seriously? you gotta be kidding! we have liquor and 3 perfectly functional bathtubs. come on over.

Traceytreasure said...

You are welcome here anytime! There's a casino within 5 minutes from my house! We could get our drink on there....You can drink and I'll be the designated driver!!
Is this number 3?
Wishing you the best of luck!! Just think about how much you'll enjoy the bath when you can take one!!

Evolutionary Revolutionary said...

Oh dude. It's all...yucky and stuff. Look, you can live at my apartment. It's not snowing, I have running water (AND a bathtub) and cats to entertain your bebes. While we drink.

Seriously.

Stacy said...

I actually enlarged the photo to get a closer look...and about gagged as I swear I can SMELL it.

We've got a few spare shower/tubs in working order. I'll even let you drink the entire liquor cabinet from inside one of them.

Come on over.

miss chris said...

Why did I enlarge that photo?? Why? Hon, I'm sorry! YOU don't need this right now.

Looks like the other KC ladies have you covered from the KS side, but if you need to stay on this side of the border, come on over. I've got bathing options, liquor *and* prednisone. We can kick it hard core. XO

Frogdancer said...

When I did my bathroom renovation last year the plumber showed me the old pipe that our shower water was coming from. it looked almost exactly like that. So be thankful. At least your water was draining away from you. Ours was sifting its way through all the gunk and then squirting all over us.

And we assumed we were clean after showering.... What deluded fools we were.....

Keri said...

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!

And it's even grosser when you realize that we ALL probably have some sort of nastiness floating around in OUR pipes too!

Cathy said...

That is indeed fairly disgusting... but not as disgusting as I thought it might be. I hope it doesn't completely break the bank, and more importantly that you have a bathtub when it's all done and fixed!

Angelina said...

I am totally bummed for you and I've been there. Except that when it happened to us it happened three days before escrow closed on our last house, that's three days before we were supposed to move 12 hours north out of state and our 70 year old plumbing collapsed and we had to replace all of it before we left.

I really hope it gets fixed fast!!

LLA said...

eeeewwww...

note to self: the next time capello says "I really hope you aren't eating anything" - STOP READING RIGHT THERE!

sorry 'bout the plumbing, because, dude, that sucks.

Evie said...

DUDE! I am so sorry! I wish I could come an plumb for you. HUGS and a Martini...

Mirre said...

I hope things will truly brighten up for you soon! Good luck with everything!!

PLO said...

Hop on a plane, and come visit me. I have three bathrooms, but only two tubs...they may not be clean...but they drain. I will serve you alcohol while you are soaking in the bubbles.

PamKittyMorning said...

Yeah, been there, had all the plumbing re-done. So sorry.

Crockpot Lady said...

ew! what *is* it? I have alcohol over here. and sun.
xox
steph

Poppy & Mei said...

Crack out the Bacardi, this is as good a reason as any I'd say...Xxx

Leigh Ann said...

I've ttried typing a comment three time for three hours. Crazy computer and crazy kids.

Sorry, girl. That is gross. I'd add warm. Go somewhere warm and there are drinks with umbrellas in them.

LA xo

kristi said...

Oh, yuck! Hope you can get that fixed soon. Don't you just love old houses?

I want to invite you to come over here, but William has strep again. This has been Medical Fiasco Week at our house. The third and final (did you hear me, universe? I said final) installment will be the appointment with the ped surgeon this afternoon. I am so ready to have a drink with you as soon as we can arrange it.

Chara Michele said...

I guess you did warn me, but that was gross!
Hope it gets all fixed soon!