Or maybe this should be titled any pile of dirt gives me a feeling of Deja-vu.
And maybe somewhat of a desire to sit in the corner of this money pit and drink an entire bottle of wine. (We won’t talk about that one.)
We’re back to trying to get the second upstairs bathroom tied into our sewer system. Last year, yes at about this same time, they replaced all the sewer pipes under our slab.
Or so we thought.
After the living room flooded this summer and we had to rip up all the flooring and tear off the bottom part of the drywall, we noticed there were two sewer stacks going upstairs, not just one like the plumbers thought (they thought the bathrooms tied in together upstairs.)
Since there was only one tunnel to this wall last year, we immediately knew that this bathroom had been emptying into the abandon sewer line that still sits square under our living room. Crap. Seriously.
Thankfully, that bathroom is rarely used. But still. I’ll say it again. Yuck! (If ever there was a need for a well placed poo emoji, it would be right here!)
They originally wanted to go across in the wall (yes, through the studs in that structural wall) to tie them together. Myself, Rob and the opinion of the structural engineer we requested, all said a collective no (I’m sorry, but that was a “well, duh!” moment.)
So underground we go again.
And of course, it’s almost 1 year later, so the rains are starting here in N Texas again.
And every time it rains, we have to drain the swamp that accumulates in that tunnel. (I always feel like Shrek– “What. are you doing. in my swamp?!”) People, there were frogs!
The first tunnel the excavation company accidentally tunneled to the wrong sewer stack. They veered right when they should have veered left. And were told to veer left.
So another tunnel later they finally come to the sewer stack that needed to be tied in.
And more good news (she says facetiously), is that the original plumber, way back in 1971, once again went through a structural concrete beam with the pipe. In other words, it’s not providing the support it should.
Oh well, we needed to call out the foundation company to check on some tiles mysteriously popping off the floor in the bathroom, so we thought we’d get their take on putting a pier on each side of the pipe to give it some support.
A week later the foundation company was able to make it out and sure enough. The north side of the house is off enough to warrant about 9 new piers (including the two under the beam in the tunnel), plus the adjustment of 10 piers we previously had put in.
So yup, 19 holes.
What is up with this house?!
Fun times ahead folks. Stick around for the next part of the same story. 😛