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 PostPost subject: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:36 pm 
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Just three days ago, my main drainage pipe for the right side of the house clogged up and water from the toilet overflowed into the bathroom, hallway, and almost to the front door. I've spent the last 3 days straight cleaning up, and discovered that the water seeped all the way into the office, halfway across the carpet, destroying the lower level of sheetrock against the wall. (Also, the carpet is damaged, so I had to cut it out). I had to remove the toilet to get further down the drain, but alas, I still can;t reach the clog. I've used $50 worth of chemicals (including sulfuric acid), but still nothing. The house now smells like fecal matter and everything I had in the office had to be dragged into the living room last night to get to the carpet. I tried to fix the problem myself and am STILL having to pay a plumber.

Since half of the plumning now does not drain, we can't do our laundry or wash dishes. The house is virtually unlivable now, and the damages are gonna empty my pocket. On top of this, we have termites scattered throughout the house, and our pool is a cest pool and a breeding ground for mosquitoes (the filter pump is broken). Chemicals alone do not help. My truck is having problems and somedays does not idle at all. I have to drive it around for about 3 miles before I can safely let off the gas so it doesn't die in the middle of the road. Part of the roof is now coming off the front side of the house and the water heater died over the past few months.

We are staying with another family temporarily, the guy is helping me with the repairs and is helping me save butt-loads of money I don't have. There are people in way worse situations/conditions, but sometimes it gets to be too much. At least I still have a job a way to (eventually) pay for the repairs. My point in all of this is just to vent. Anyone else have all kinds of crazy stuff happen at once?

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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:33 pm 
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Spend $10 and rent a snake from home depot for an hour.


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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:15 pm 
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Spend $10 and rent a snake from home depot for an hour.


Sorry, forgot to mention I already did that. One part of the house is fine, and water flows freely. The clog is somewhere in the middle. I ran a snake down the hole where te toliet was and down the bathtub drain, got nothing out. Whatever it is, it's deep in the pipes, further than any snake can reach.

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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:27 pm 
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Doesn't insurance cover this type of stuff (at least for the house, the truck is your problem unfortunately)?


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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:42 pm 
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Doesn't insurance cover this type of stuff (at least for the house, the truck is your problem unfortunately)?


It's covered, but the detuctible is $2,000 for flood/water damage. Not quite that much damage, but anything over $300 is hard to come by right now anyway. The truck I can handle.

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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:26 pm 
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ouch.. scary stuff..

We are about to buy a house:

http://www.hemnet.se/beskrivning/hemnet/365408

It looks "ok" from outside, but inside is a living hell.. alot todo..

however, after a talk with "Pite energy" i was told that i can get a 6-threaded piberoptic connection into the house, and that Riksnet can provide up to 1gbit pr. thread.. :D :D

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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:43 pm 
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Just three days ago, my main drainage pipe for the right side of the house clogged up and water from the toilet overflowed into the bathroom, hallway, and almost to the front door. I've spent the last 3 days straight cleaning up, and discovered that the water seeped all the way into the office, halfway across the carpet, destroying the lower level of sheetrock against the wall. (Also, the carpet is damaged, so I had to cut it out). I had to remove the toilet to get further down the drain, but alas, I still can;t reach the clog. I've used $50 worth of chemicals (including sulfuric acid), but still nothing. The house now smells like fecal matter and everything I had in the office had to be dragged into the living room last night to get to the carpet. I tried to fix the problem myself and am STILL having to pay a plumber.

Since half of the plumning now does not drain, we can't do our laundry or wash dishes. The house is virtually unlivable now, and the damages are gonna empty my pocket. On top of this, we have termites scattered throughout the house, and our pool is a cest pool and a breeding ground for mosquitoes (the filter pump is broken). Chemicals alone do not help. My truck is having problems and somedays does not idle at all. I have to drive it around for about 3 miles before I can safely let off the gas so it doesn't die in the middle of the road. Part of the roof is now coming off the front side of the house and the water heater died over the past few months.

We are staying with another family temporarily, the guy is helping me with the repairs and is helping me save butt-loads of money I don't have. There are people in way worse situations/conditions, but sometimes it gets to be too much. At least I still have a job a way to (eventually) pay for the repairs. My point in all of this is just to vent. Anyone else have all kinds of crazy stuff happen at once?


Doesn't your house have one of those toliet water overflow pipes which lets out the water instead of flooding in the event it can't go down the u bend.

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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:02 am 
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Doesn't your house have one of those toliet water overflow pipes which lets out the water instead of flooding in the event it can't go down the u bend.


This isn't always possible. For instance, here in Florida, 6 inches (152 mm) underground is all sand. You really can't dig or place hardware under the ground. It also makes foundations quite volatile.


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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:38 am 
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It's just an tought but you maybe can use an high pressure water jet to remove the cloge, if you know about where it is the jet of water can remove it (maybe)
It's just my 0.02$ cents.


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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:40 pm 
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Thanks for all the advice everybody. The plumber came out yesterday and cleared the clog (apparently it was bad). Now all I have to do is fix the damage that was done.

No better way I could imagine spending a weekend. :P

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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:41 pm 
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OK! Good news!

1. Plumbing is fixed.
2. Office (where all my PC crap is located) has a new floor and sheetrock. (With a little help, it only took 2 days).
3. New central air intake vent/filters to get rid of the sewage smell from the last week.

Everything is coming back together, just slowly. I guess I freaked out over things little too easily, I hope you guys don't think I'm complaining too much.

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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:42 am 
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If you're desperate, dump some vegetable oil in your pool (a gallon or so). It puts a coat on the surface so when the mosquitoes hatch they get coated in oil and suffocate.


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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:08 pm 
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If you're desperate, dump some vegetable oil in your pool (a gallon or so). It puts a coat on the surface so when the mosquitoes hatch they get coated in oil and suffocate.


Wow. Never thought of that. Creative! I'll try it.

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Better change that to Mineral oil, it's a lot thinner so it'll coat the surface better. It also won't heat up in the sun and rot.


Unless you already did it. In which case I promise it won't rot. Really.


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 PostPost subject: Re: House falling to pieces.        Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:35 pm 
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Better change that to Mineral oil, it's a lot thinner so it'll coat the surface better. It also won't heat up in the sun and rot.


Unless you already did it. In which case I promise it won't rot. Really.


Lol, lucky for you I'm a busy man, haven't hasd a chance to try it anyway. Then again, no mosquitoes yet either.

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