Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Morning I Coudn't Wash Dishes or Do Laundry!

I woke up this morning to the sound of gurgling and the sight of water rising in the toilets. Not a very pleasant way to start the day! I was soon doing a Google search on backed up septic systems. I learned that you should have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years with normal use. The key words being -- Normal use! :)

I wish you could have seen the expression on the face of the "pumper man" when he asked me if I did laundry everyday, and I replied emphatically, "Yes! About five or six loads!!" Obviously, not a normal or ideal load for any residential septic tank!

Fortunately, he had our septic tank all cleaned out by noon. This proved to be a very interesting diversion for the children, who interrupted their classes to watch the entire process with much interest.

Unfortunately, they were not able to observe from a "smell-proof booth!" :) LOL!

Thankfully, we are back in business and I can start the dishwasher and the washing machine and flush all of the toilets!

How about you? Did you have any unexpected hurdles in your day??

Edited at 3:00 pm -- I'm afraid I posted too soon!!! Even though we tested all of the toilets before the septic tank men left, I am regretfully back to four gurgling toilets that won't flush and showers that won't drain! Ugh!! There is obviously more to this story . . . .maybe a blockage in the line?? Maybe more character that needs built in my life?? I will keep you posted as soon as I find out what the root problem is!!!

Edited at 4:30 pm -- I guess we just experienced a "sewer heart attack!" It turns out that "the main artery was blocked" where the septic system had backed up into the lines. When I flooded the lines with water from the washing machine, the dishwasher, the toilets, etc., it resulted in the "heart attack!" So, after a 911 call to A-1 Septic Tank Service, our emergency is resolved, and everything is now flowing smoothly again.


MOMSWEB said...

Oh my goodness! I remember the toilet being stopped up one morning, but you've definitely got me beat!

Martha said...

A sewer attack? That's classic, LOL!!!!!!

Yep, my former step-father was a plumber so we never had to worry about sewerage 'attacks' lol.

Now I flush twice every time I use the restroom because I dread the plunger, what an icky job!!

Missed you hon, the pictures of the children are priceless. I needed the chuckle, thanks!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Isn't it funny what children like to watch?? I am glad that the "honey dipper" was able to do the job, and nothing else was needed! Bad thing is, now you have to do the laundry! :)
I hope you don't get any other "morning surprises" for a while!

L.H. said...

Whew! I'm glad it was resolved!

busymomof10 said...

I can't believe I forgot to mention this in my post, but I just remembered the funniest thing, and I'm going to share it in a comment!! When the men were digging down to find the lid to the septic tank, 7 year old Matthew looked at me excitedly, and said, "Is there treasure down there, MOM?!" Isn't that priceless??? :)

Jason and Lisa Jones said...

yes... have been reading your blog off and on for a bit... I found it from Laine's at Peaceful We used to be in a small group with them. Enjoy your blog!

Lainie said...

We're in the middle of appliance fail: dishwasher down, one computer (the one that holds the SOS database) down, fridge doing something funky, one washer down. Now I'm panicked that the septic will go next. We've never pumped it in three years of our "normal" use!

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