So we had a smell under our house and we were dreading that it was the plumbing under the bathroom!!! And it was. This is the only house I have ever lived in that there is No Way to get to under the house but taking up the floors! Crazy. When we first got here we dealt with the plugged pipes. The house had been vacant for a couple of years, but we found out through locals that it used to be the Preachers house. The Preacher and his wife took in many foster children. Well, many maxi pads got flushed it appears. Call out the plumber. One plumbing problem down.
Then there was pipes to the outside spigots. They weren’t insulated at all under the house, so we had to take up a portion of the living room floor last winter and cap off the lines to the outside that had cracked. Nother plumbing problem taken care of.
So right around the beginning of the year the smell started. Standing water under the house, and possibly up against the basement wall cannot be good. And we’ve had this problem with the bathroom sink since we’ve moved here that water kind of stays in the drain hole, and then goes down suddenly, and then builds back up and then goes down. Guess what that is? Air in the pipes! So yep, there was a crack/break somewhere. Most likely with the bathroom sink since we’ve moved in here, but then that led to other problems, and all the pipes draining out kinda lead to the same place.
So, we are blessed that the community that we are part of, moving out here for Cassie’s allergic reaction and other families from all over the U.S. moving out here for their children to get MMJ treatment, has a great diversity of people with skills in all areas, and one of the gentlemen does house repair/construction type work. So we gave him a call, and he was supposed to come out today, Thursday, but dh gave him a call Tuesday to ask him a few more questions (we were trying to be prepared as possible for him coming and having supplies like wood, and a wax ring for the toilet, and plumbing stuff ready) and he came right out on Tuesday!
So he gets the toilet off, and nope, no leak there, but the wax ring is like 30 years old and can use replacing. And the pipe isn’t sitting quite right. Hummmmm. And he wiggles it. It’s not supposed to wiggle like that. And zoop the pipe comes out! It was Never glued on to the main drain! Whaaaat?! And then he looks…. and the shower drain looks glued, but the sink drain is just leaking right out the sides like nobodies business! Never glued.
Here’s the amazing part. Under the place where all the water is spilling out…. there’s a bricked and cemented hole in the ground. We haven’t figured out if its an old coal chute (because that’s right where the old kitchen and house stove would have been. Original part of the house build in 1908), or if it was some kind of small storm shelter, or a root cellar or what. BUT all of the water went right into that, so he had to go to the store and get a small pump, and more hose, and we must have pumped 400-500 gallons of waste water out from under our bath room. The smell was horrid for about 4 or 5 hours, but once it was all cleared out and we put some bleach down there, and now that it’s dried, my home is just wonderful again! But absolutely incredible that we thought there would be like a foot or so of crawl space under that area of the house, and we open it up and it’s like two or three feet to the ground, and then there’s all this stone block holding up the house, and this pit that it looks like Gollum could live down there! Things you never knew! And amazingly it saved all of that water from rolling toward our basement walls for the past few weeks!!!! Life is good!