Alright so maybe there isn’t a brand known as KommonSense™, but perhaps there should be so I can buy some. Roughly three weeks ago when our house project began in the basement, I explained to our contractor as much as I could about the bathroom situation and how we wanted things to look when complete. Two and half weeks later, we had a new basement bathroom which looks damn spiffy (see left margin for photos because I’m in too foul of a mood for linkonics).
A couple days before the project was complete, I noticed the shower draining very slowly. I left a message for the contractor expressing my concern about this. The following day he poured some commercial grade declogger down the drain, hoping to clear the blockage. A couple days later we pay the contractor for his work and I attempt to deflower the shower on Sunday. Within minutes of taking my shower, water was above my ankles. I promptly finished my shower and stared at the pooling water in disbelief.
I alerted Mrs. Lessinges to our problem. Water was hardly even disappearing down our drain. No clockwise swirl was present. No bubbles in the water either. I had to look carefully at the water line to see any progress. It was like staring at a minute hand on a clock for signs of movement.
Our contractor suggested we get a plumber out to assess the problem. A friendly plumber came and he wasn’t able to plow his powerful snake through the clog. The gentleman said this was a first for him… this was a first I didn’t want any part of though. I paid the man and then contacted our contractor.
Diagnosis: the pipe connecting from the shower drain to the main sewer line has either rotted away, is in really bad shape, or never existed in the first place. I guess oftentimes basement drains just drained into the soil and were aimed to prevent water runoff. Mo bathrooms, mo problems!
Potential Solutions: pour even stronger chemicals down the drain to try and eat away at the clog. If this doesn’t work, (which I don’t think it will) then we have to really think about our options. The most likely scenario involves tearing up the tile in the shower floor to access the drain pipe. This is not what I want to see happen, but the shower drain has to be fixed permanently.
Finger Pointing: 50/50. When I called the contractor today to explain the lack of progress the plumber made, he admitted it’s a 50/50 thing. I was so scared of the shower before the project began I never turned on the water in there for more than 15 seconds. It always came out brown in my two attempts so I didn’t pay attention to the drain issue. I wish I had so I could have alerted the contractor before he began. I suppose the contractor should have checked the drain before he started the project too. However, I’m going to cut him some slack because he did a really good job and was attentive to our needs.
Lesson Learned: owning a home can be a real bitch sometimes. However it’s a worthwhile bitch if you ask me, especially in Seattle where house values appreciate so well. Even though this plumbing snafu totally sucks ass, we still have a roof over our heads and a working shower on the main floor. Oh yeah, when buying a house –> make sure you have great home inspector. Your home inspector shouldn’t be ogling your realtor.