Monday, May 16, 2011

The Tale Of The Inhumane Plumbing

We moved on to our new house on April 17th.  Many of you have read the blog post about the saga.  Here is the tale of the plumbing.  

Our new home is over 50 years old.  As such, it was plumbed with iron piping.  We did not know this until our washing machine was hooked up and we found out it was not hooked in to the city sewer system.  It just dumped into the backyard at the foundation of the house.

We called the plumber in and he ran a camera down the piping to the rest of the house so he could find the sewer and got stuck in back of the wall where the toilets meet.  That's when I was informed that the back of this pipe had a big old whole in it.  Why, you may ask?  Because over the 50 previous years people had used Drano type chemical to unclog the bathroom sinks.  Iron does not like Drano, but Drano is an acid and likes to eat Iron pipes.

The plumber removed the toilet in the master bathroom and cut open the wall. Day one.  Here is the pipe-

My husband thought having the toilet in the shower would have been a great time saver.  ROFL! Not!
So this is what the pipe looked like when it was cut out of the joint.  Obviously water was not all going down the drain.  There was a little mold under the baseboard.
Here is the stump of the pipe that was left after the surgery.  Unfortunately, it fell apart like clay and the plumber could not re plumb until he could find a secure spot to lock the new piping on to.
Disintegrating pipe.

Day 2.  New pipe.
 Trying to hook the washing machine drain to the main sewer many yards away.
Trying to find the hook up.  It's not in back off the wall of concrete in back of the crew.

Still digging for buried treasure.  This is during DAY 3 of the operation.  They finally located the clay pipes for the sewer.

Wee Bear investigates the pile of dirt.  The other side of the mound is that BIG hole in the ground.
In the mean time the storage shed arrives on day 4.
Day 4, the new traps are in place, the washer is hooked up and the lines are all tested.
Here comes the second box for the storage shed.  One of the plumbers is helping the delivery person so the box doesn't fall off the dolly.
Here you go.  One storage shed.  Left for DH and son to build.
Oh, and the handyman was there too.  He put in this nice new set of shelves where the gas furnace had been.

Four days saw a lot of progress.  Yes, they did put all the dirt back in over the pipes and put the gravel back. No dogs fell in to any of the holes.


9crafty11 said...

Believe me, you will laugh at all this years from now! I know as we did something similar when we renovated our 100+ yo house. But all our sewerage was connected to our neighbours, which you can't have these days. So AUD$15,000 later, we have 2 toilets..yay. My husband doesn't laugh about it though! He still curses every single reno job he did, & he did most of it!

One Planet said...

Oh, how awful. Lucky that you have a husband who can do major plumbing work!

So glad ours seems to be done with.

Earlene Mroz said...

It's a good thing that you found the rusting sewage system. If you didn't, who knows how much damage it could cost your house overall?! Anyway, the plumbers seemed to be very dedicated to fix your sewage system, which was a sign that they did quality work. So, how's your new plumbing system now?

One Planet said...

The system seems to be working just fine at this point. We want to replace the garbage disposer as it only seems to work half of the time and we have to go fishing to clear out something as simple as lettuce to get it to work again.

Darryl Iorio said...

How ironic is the fact that your new home is a 50-year old treasure? There's no doubt that the piping lines have molds and are in poor quality. Good thing they were replaced immediately the following day. And seeing the excavation process, I'm pretty sure it was tiring! That must have taken a lot of time before they were able to find the buried treasure! Well, it's great to know that everything is alright now! :)