Saturday, February 26, 2011


Pick-up Sticks blogged about having water problems in his house (saying he had always wanted an indoor pool :0)  ).  We are having water problems too, but not in the house.  We have a septic tank and ever since we got home from Ireland, it's been running sluggish.  We thought maybe it was because we hadn't been putting the bacteria down it to keep the system running right, so my husband has been putting a LOT down it to try to get it going.  Nothing was working.  When we left for Texas to go take care of my husband's mom after her surgery for 10 days, he put some more down it, hoping that while we were gone so long it would have a good chance to get working.  When we got back, it still was not draining fast enough, so we called the pumping company to come pump it out.  It still wouldn't drain.  We called them again and had them come out and pump it AGAIN and then their sister company (or is it brother company? :0D )  came and stuck one of those snake hoses in it with a router on the end to try to rout out any tree roots or clogs.  They did find one clog and got it out, but in the next few days we were right back to it not draining right, so my husband called them AGAIN $$$$$$$$.  Then he started thinking that maybe instead of it not draining right, maybe it was just getting too much water.  By this time I had stopped doing laundry and hadn't done any in quite a few days, and hadn't run the dishwasher, so he couldn't blame that.  Then he started checking the toliets.  We have 4 toliets - 3 in the house and 1 in the shop.  He found out that the one in the shop and the one in the laundry room were leaking.  He fixed the one in the shop with a $10 kit.  He bought a $15 kit for the one in the laundry room, and it didn't fix it, so he's going to go back and get another $10 kit and see if the cheaper one will fix it.  Hopefully that will do it.  In the meantime, he turned the water to that toliet off.  Unfortunately before we figured all this out, he went online and ordered some more expensive bacteria $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to put in the septic tank to help the leech field work better.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one of these things will do it.  If not, then the only other answer is to have a new septic system dug.


Delirious said...

Yikes, I hope you don't have to dig another!!! That will be even more $$$$$ UGH!

Inklings said...

You have my deepest sympathies!

Dee Ice Hole said...

I hope you have this figured out by now and everything is working well. There aren't many things worse than plumbing problems.