Our house is still not quite well. We've discovered that it suffers from a partially clogged waste water line out front, under the sidewalk. I discovered this at about 10:30pm last night as I was preparing for bed. The toilet would not flush properly and there was about four inches of standing gray water in the bottom of our tub. After a quick trip to the local all-night supermarket to get some drain clog remover (on the off chance that it was a nearby clog) and about 90 minutes of fretting, I finally got to bed.
The home warranty company sent out a friendly and very informative plumber to investigate. He determined that the clog is about 20 feet away from our house in the waste water line under the sidewalk. This is actually good news of a sort; the city owns that part of the line and we live in one of the municipalities in the area that will still maintain their portion of the waste water line for free. Of course, there still is a catch: the city needs access to their part of the line. We need to have a "clean out" near the edge of our property installed. Until that is done, I feel some paranoia every time I flush the toilet.
Halloween was otherwise a very pleasant evening. We had another couple with small children over for dinner. I made a big pot of slow cooked chili (made with a real brick-red 1970's Crock Pot -- respect the power of the '70's!) that came out very yummy. Mrs. Geek went out trick-or-treating with the rest of the group, while I held down the fort. Mrs. Geek and I never used to get any trick-or-treaters at our apartment, so I was hoping to see a few kids this year. Kids like to travel in caravans of 6-12 in this neighborhood, and we had about four groups of that size. I gave out about half of our candy. Mrs. Geek and crew had a good time, and the evening's festivities were over by about 9pm.
Of course, it was the water use by the extra people, as well as the dish washing from the dinner that lead to our gray water dilemma... but oh well. I hope we'll get most of our problems sorted out rather than later. The last few days since the hot water situation was resolved have been so nice. Hopefully, we can return to those days again soon...
on 2007-11-01 at 10:08 p.m.
The Wayback Machine - To Infinity And Beyond