Blocked drains

Monday, 9th May 2011 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Yesterday was supposed to be productive.  We’d taken up a badly laid patio, and our neighbour J was coming round with a breaker to help us break up the concrete underneath.  When he opened his back door, he was met with sewage that had backed up and overflowed onto his path.  So we checked our manhole cover, it was full to the brim.  On the other side of us, S’s drain was full too.  And it absolutely STUNK.  S declared that the problem is tampons (how do they KNOW this?  You can’t see the blockage, the drains are full) and it can’t be their fault (no-one actually blamed them) because no-one in their house uses tampons.

We borrowed some drain rods and set to work, going in every direction.  All clear, except for S’s side.  We explained that they’d have to arrange for someone to come out and sort it because the blockage wouldn’t shift.  “Why me?” – Well it’s in your garden, I don’t think they’ll accept a neighbour ringing.  Their house is owned by the council, so if they’re lucky, they’ll get it done for free.  If not, then we said we’d split the cost.  They said they’d ring first thing this morning then let me know.  It’s 11am and I’ve heard nothing from them.

I can’t run the washing machine, empty the sink, etc.  (Bet S is though, apparently there’s no problem because their toilet still flushes.  Doh).   All the water will make J’s problem worse.  I’ve stored the washing up water in old milk cartons til the problem is sorted.  Which should be today, if S actually gets round to making the phone call.  If I’ve not heard by 4pm, I’m ring Environmental Health.

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