Is it still Monday?! It will never end.
Spent all last night trying to clear my kitchen sink drain. It was fine until I poured the enzyme cleaner treatment stuff down it that the plumber highly recommended. Never again!
2 days after I did the treatment, the sink clogged up tight. Nothing drained. I poured Draino Gel down it every half hour and it finally drained a little then clogged again.
So this morning I finally gave up and called the plumber. Two guys showed up and the 'leader' wasn't feeling well. But he did most of the work anyway and tried to tell me the drain pipe 50 feet long was 'compressed'. Ha. I said no way are we replacing the pipe. Just clear the drain which was fine since 1944. He worked inside under the sink, then outside on the cleanout then inside again, groaning and grumpy.
He eventually said it wasn't going to work, and at that point, I said, "the clog is about 7-10 inches past the drain, where the pipe bends at a 45 degree angle, here's an 8x10 glossy of the piping in the wall so you know where you have to clear it". At that he looked at the pic, looked at me, went right back to the sink and in 2 seconds it was clear.
I really think he was trying to get more 'work' and convince me that it was a big big job. Ha. The picture got him. I KNOW my house. I take pictures of all repairs and work done. Comes in handy.
So I was quoted $165. at the start and waited till he wrote up the bill, then produced the ad that said, '$20.00 off with this ad'. Again he wasn't pleased, but did take off the 20 and I'm a happy camper.
I shudder to think what would have happened if I wasn't familiar with my house and it's construction and it's problems.
As they left the 'helper' turned to me and said, 'you really know something about plumbing'. I'm laughing. If I didn't I would have been in the hole for about $2300. rough estimate for what he wanted to do. Uhhuh. Happy Me!
Only bad part is that there is again something dead under my house. Probably under the kitchen floor and it was close to the vent where we had to work on the clean out hole. Yuk! Probably one of the baby possums or something bigger. Dunno. It will go away in a week or a few days later. The possums will eat it and the ants will help.
OH and the guy wanted to go under my house to 'look', probably to tell me things were falling apart, but they weren't and no water was puddling under there AND I asked about the shower area where I have been 'quickfixing' it to stop the massive leaking through the floor AND it was DRY except for some moisture on the beams under it. Wheeeee! Glad he went under there since I can't anymore. Old is not fun.