Thursday, March 19, 2009

Septic Problems

Hubby leaves for work and I am still dreaming, enjoying my slumber for usually another hour or two, but not this morning. About 35 minutes after he left, I woke to the sound of water running coming from the master bathroom. A few days ago he had replaced the handle on the toilet and it seems that the chain on the 'flapper' had become dislodged and the toilet kept filling with water and overflowing into the bathroom, seeping out onto the carpet in our bedroom and, in the other direction, out into our garage. I desperately tried to turn the little knob behind the toilet that shuts the water off but I couldn't get it to budge. I picked up the phone to call my husband and the phone was dead. Water was everywhere. I grabbed my cell phone and called him. Luckily, he was only 5 minutes away so he rushed home. In the meantime, I decided to use the other bathroom and when I flushed that toilet it began to overflow, but I was able to shut off the water supply in that bathroom. When hubby got home I was standing in an inch or so of water in our bathroom with the toilet tank off, holding up the arm to keep the water from running. Immediately he took over, and was able to turn that stupid little knob behind the toilet that wouldn't budge for me. He reconnected the 'flapper thing' and I grabbed some towels to start sopping up the water. Once he finished in the master bathroom he checked out the guest bathroom. The problem there was quite different. He thinks it is a warning sign that our septic tank needs to be pumped out or everything will backup and overflow everywhere. It is now an hour and a half later and he is finally returning to work. In two hours I have several women meeting at my home for a Bible study, so this should be interesting. We called a company (from our cell phones) to pump out the septic and they should be here in about an hour. I disconnected the phone wire in our bedroom from the jack in the wall because the wire had gotten wet and that seemed to fix the telephone problem. All the other house phones are now working. I had intended to have a leisurely morning, but things don't always work out the way I plan.

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