Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Basement Progress

I want to do a couple of posts that catch you up on what we've been doing, but first, let me show you what caused a significant bump in the smooth progress that was being made in the basement.

Hubby had gotten to the point where he could hook up the toilet.  He hooked it up, it filled with water, he flushed it...and the water wouldn't go down.  He baled out the water, disconnected it, ran upstairs to call a plumber...and heard a loud crash.  The toilet had tipped over and broke into a million pieces.  The plumber came, and couldn't unclog the toilet. He suggested that if it wasn't a clog, and that the pipe wasn't hooked up to the sewer line, that we could dig into the foundation, install an up flow system in what was supposed to be the closet, and the machine would grind up the toilet waste and then shoot it up through the ceiling to the main sewer line for the house.  Ewww.

We called Roto-Rooter, who came out with a scope and found that indeed the builder never connected the line to the sewer.  And to connect it they quoted $6600 to do it.  Uh, no.  We looked around, found someone else who could do it cheaper, they came with huge machinery that sat on our front lawn...and then...they couldn't do the work.  The pipes, in order to meet inspection, have to be at a certain angle, and the connection to the sewer wasn't deep enough.  So, a new approach was recommended...that still required quite a bit of digging.  And electrical work.  And time.  And inspections.

The plumber dug from right beside the front stoop...

...all the way around the side of the house...

...to the back of the house where the builder left off with the pipe work, and where our plumber connected the new pipes and system.

What a production!  The good news? Now we have a functioning toilet!

Tomorrow, we get our carpeting! Can you believe it?!?!

1 comment:

Sinéad said...

Holy moly! That's a lot of work for a toilet! I hope it was cheaper than $6600. I can't believe the builder never connected up the pipes, surely that's a fairly basic thing? Why put a pipe there & then not connect it?
Still, like you said, at least you have it all working now :)