Well, with this post, my blog has sunken to an all time low. In search of that interesting, thought provoking, one of a kind post, I decided to share my experience with a clogged main sewer line. There, I said it, but I did warn you that this was ‘an all time low’ for this blog.
A couple nights ago I was watching some television and my wife called out to me from another part of the house and said “we have a leak!”. I yelled to her, “honey, I’m coming”, I jumped up from the couch and dashed to where she was…okay, it didn’t happen exactly that way. I didn’t yell “honey I was coming” (I probably grumbled under my breath) or jump up and dash to her, but I eventually got to where she was and saw that the bathroom floor was covered in water and the adjacent tub was partially filled with water. Okay, I was thinking, if the tub is only partially filled and there was no indication that the water overflowed the tub, then receded, then how did all that water get on the floor? Hey, hey, so, maybe this post is turning out to be an interesting, thought provoking, and a one of a kind post.
Upon closer inspection, I saw that the water in the tub originated from the washing machine that my wife was running. The water in the tub was then trying to seek it’s own level and found the perfect spot; the toilet. Water from the tub was leaking from the base of the toilet, gross!
I immediately grabbed a bunch of rags and towels and my wife laid them out on the floor and tried to absorb as much as possible. I went to the garage to get our wet/dry vacuum and started sucking up all the water on the floor and in the tub. At first I poured this captured water into the bathroom sink, but then I realized that it was feeding back into the tub; doh!
Anyway, to keep this as short as possible (ha, you know when I say this, it’s going to go on forever), I got some of this stuff called “Instant Power Hair & Grease Drain Opener” at HomeDepot. I bought two 2 liter bottles and poured the majority of them into all of the affected drains, plus some of the other drains in the house to attack the clog from all sides.
After about 6 hours I ran the hot water as instructed and to my amazement, it seems to have worked. So I went ahead and ran the washing machine again and during the drain cycle, the tub immediately backed up again. The instructions say don’t plunge, but I was desperate, so I plunged and plunged and plunged again and to my amazement, still nothing! Usually you may get a little sign of drainage after plunging, but this baby was plugged up solid. Don’t do as I do, I recommend following the instructions and safety instructions on the bottle, not my written words because you could get a serious chemical burn if this stuff splashes on you, plus, in the end, it didn’t help at all to plunge the drain.
It was late so I sucked out the water in the tub once again and poured in more drain opener and called it a night. I said if this doesn’t clear up by tomorrow, then I’m going to call the plumber.
Morning arrives and I ran the hot water in the tub as instructed and to my amazement, IT WORKED! I ran the washing machine on the drain cycle, ran the water in the bathroom sinks and flushed the toilet all at the same time and the tub did not back up into the tub at all.
Although I had to do all the work and sweat my butt off, this product saved me possibly hundreds of dollars in plumber charges and waiting around for the plumber to finish the job. I figure this post still fits the theme of my blog, which is remembering things from my past. Hopefully this will be a faint memory in my distant past and not reoccur again. Hope this helps someone in a similar situation.