I started out the day with much different intentions than being a plumber. I was cleaning out the refrigerator and was going to move on to packing up some things and clearing out some clutter. So I was emptying out bowls of what used to resemble food. There was corn, roast beef, rice and something that I think was spaghetti sauce. My garbage disposal was on full munch mode when I noticed the water backing up in both sinks. Ah crap. I looked under the sink hoping there would be a blinking neon sign that said "Here is the problem."
Normally I would wait for the hubby to come home so he can pretend to use his plumbing skills but he is out of town this week. (I hesitate making that public knowledge, incase there are any crazies reading this who want to take advantage of my situation. But let me warn you I have a fierce dog that can almost catch rats and I have seen every episode of ALIAS, and in my mind, I can kick some serious butt). So I did the next best thing...DAAAAAADDDDY!
Yep, I called my dad. At that point I thought it was just a clogged garbage disposal. So within 30 mins. Daddy was there with a tool. He would fix everything. Well with his tool he determined it was not the disposal. So then, after emptying the water out of the sink he unscrewed some pipes. No clog there. He determined it was further back in the pipes in the wall. Great. I called the plumber.
Shortly after my dad left my big brother, who lives over 500 miles away, called. This was not abnormal. He is nice like that. Being the huge do-it-yourselfer that he was I started picking his brain about the clogged pipes. Did I have a snake he asked? Well we have a corn snake that we feed dead mice to, but that is not what he meant. I found our plumping snake thing and with my brother still on the phone, unscrewed the piped under the sink, got drenched in gross water and shoved it in. Okay. Now what? I screwed the pipes back together and turned on the water. Still clogged. Then my brother mentions a plumbing balloon that he uses.
Plumbing balloon. Or as I called it, the Water Weenie.
Yea I know what it looks like. Go ahead and giggle and then get your minds out of the gutter. So being home bound with two little boys and no babysitters I once again called my dad. He went to Lowes for me and showed up awhile later with the phallic symbol that would unclog my pipes. First I had to bring the hose in through the heavy trafficked doggie door. I screwed the weenie on the end of the hose and shoved it in the pipe as far as it would go. Then we turned the hose on. The balloon inflates with water, and then shoots a very high powered stream of water out the end. (Yes, there is a hole in end. Stop giggling). Okay. Was it working? With my brother on the phone, Dad went outside to turn the hose off. So with the water off the balloon deflates and all the water we just sent into the pipes shot out at me like Niagara Falls. There may have been screaming and cussing. I now had gross pipe water all over me and an inch of it all over the kitchen floor. Enter the beach towels.
Then my brother suggests calling a plumber. Thanks a lot.
So flash forward a couple of hours. My favorite plumber has not called back. But my brother does. He asks if there was a pipe on the outside wall close the kitchen sink. I have only lived here 8 years how should I know? Why by golly there was! Now what? I found a large pipe wrench and screwed off the end of that puppy. Out came the foulest smell and gook. My brother suggested I just shove the hose in to see if I could flush out the clog. So I did and out shoots more gook and some RICE and pieces of ROAST BEEF. All. Over. My. Patio. Nice. But it wasn't quite unclogged. So I called my dad who had taken the balloon home. The saint that he is, he came back. Once again, there was screwing and inflating with water. Voila! The water flowed and did not come back out like a backed up dam.
I DID IT!
Yea the whole job took about 8 hours from start to finish but I saved some money and never had to see a plumbers crack. Nor did I have to bare mine. After cleaning up food off the concrete, washing 6 beach towels, and putting my kitchen back together, I felt a sense of satisfaction. Who needs a man anyway? Except for runs to Lowes and about 4 phone calls to by brother I am sure I would have figured it out.