Homeownership is not always pretty.
This spring, we had Gary (from Cellar Master) take a look into the sewer system underneath the house when he came to service our Celler Master unit. (Which was installed by his dad. How COOL is THAT?) Things hadn't been smelling quite so, um, "fresh" lately.
Look away! LOOK AWAY! Yuck. Obviously, there was a little blockage underneath our urpy old house. The Cellar Master keeps sewage from the street from flooding back up INTO our house (which has come in handy this rainy season) while pumping our water up and out of the system if the "gate" is down. Gate works fine. The blockage was between the house and the street.
We tried to dislodge some things with the garden hose. In the end, Gary needed to fetch "the cool yet intimidating Star Wars thing" to rod out the pipes. (That's what I call it, anyway.)
At this point, it is better to let the pro's take over. This is one of those "jobs on the edge" type careers which calls for strength AND know-how AND delicacy.
A few tree roots later, I am reminded that we just don't use enough bleach in our wash. Gotta kill those roots off. My oh my.
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