Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Homeowner Problems

You know, there are some days where I think to myself "I am sick of being a grown-up." Like, I wish my Adult Card could be revoked, I could move back home, and be 15 again.

Monday night was one of those nights.

Our home is around 100 years old. It has seen it's fair share of remodeling. Unfortunately, the "flippers" that we bought it from really didn't know what they were doing when it came to plumbing. We're talking breaking code laws kind of ignorance here.

Our kitchen sink is basically in an island in the middle of the kitchen. Surprise, surprise, they didn't do the piping correctly under the sink. It has always drained slowly, we've occasionally had issues with clogs, but Monday night it was game over.

While trying to do the dishes from dinner, the sink was no longer draining. We had a clog that was so large, it rusted out one of the pipes that takes the water from the sink to the main stack down into the sewer. You know what a rusted pipe equals? A hole in the pipe. Which means water everywhere.

Thankfully, in this situation, it was a very limited amount of water. But still - not something I want to deal with.

So Travis worked late into the night getting rid of the old pipe, which had to be in a very awkward spot in our basement. Of course. Then he took a half day yesterday to put in a new PVC pipe, and redo the set up under our sink, which now actually is up to code. I could strangle the guys we had "inspect" our house many moons ago. Seems they didn't know too much either.

Although Trav was working very hard, this is what I came home to yesterday:

Two days worth of dirty dishes, the crock pot from Monday night's dinner, and everything pulled out from under the sink. You can't see it, but behind Travis is every bottle of kitchen cleaner, goo-gone, Febreeze, Windex, and carpet cleaner we own. 

Thankfully, God blessed me with a handy husband. He was able to get everything put back into working order last night. Hallelujah! Also, what would have cost us probably over $500 by hiring a plumber, Travis was able to do under $60. So thankful. 

You know how great it was to use my kitchen sink this morning? Pretty awesome! 

Have you had any emergency DIY scenarios at home? Do you wish you were 15 again? Just sometimes, maybe?


  1. Ugh! Sounds like no fun. Yes, I've had multiple DIY scenarios at home. The worst was when I was home alone, tried to turn on the shower, and the entire rusty handle popped off and sprayed water everywhere. It caused a very unfortunate chain of events, but thankfully the bathroom is now fully remodeled. I agree, being able to be 15 again would be nice on occasion.

    I'm glad your husband is handy!

    1. This happened to me with our toilet! I was getting ready for work and dropped something behind it. When I reached around the bowl, I must have accidentally bumped the water supply line. Not even very hard, just a brush, really. All of a sudden, water was gushing everywhere! That's no fun at 6:30 in the morning!

  2. It’s good to know that you were able to save on a lot of money by doing the fix yourselves. Your husband sure is handy. Haha! Anyway, I hope you’re no longer having problems with your plumbing. Have a nice day!

    Traci Romero @ Harris Plumbing Inc.

  3. Oh my goodness, I would just LOVE for my adult card to be revoked! LOL! No bills, no laundry, no cooking, no cleaning. That was the life. It's so funny because as a kid, I couldn't wait to be an adult. Now that I am one, I wish I could jump in a time machine and go back there! LOL!

    Roxanne Vaughn @ Total Plumbing Inc.