And Then The Flood

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 202024

In yesterday’s blog I told you that our weather here in West-Central Alabama was going from freezing to thawing and then back to freezing. At the time I wrote that I had no idea about the flood that would follow.

We have two full bathrooms in our house as well as a small half bath just off our office that has a toilet and a sink. In the past we have had problems with that toilet not draining well. Because the toilet would sometimes bubble when flushed, we suspected there was a partial clog or a vent problem, but that seemed to have resolved itself after use of a sewer snake. Or so I thought. I was wrong.

We had finished in the office for the day, and I was relaxing in my recliner while Terry was cooking dinner. She happened to glance through the kitchen doorway into the office and noticed that the laminated floor was very shiny. It should not be that shiny.

As it turned out, when I flushed the toilet after using it before leaving the office for the night, the water kept running and filled the bowl and then continued to run until it had flooded almost half of the office. What a mess!

We spent the next hour or two mopping up water and trying to dry it out, hoping it had not soaked through the floor and destroyed the new insulation we just had put under there last week.

With the mess cleaned up, our next project will be to get someone to go through the plumbing system and figure out why we sometimes have issues, since we know the septic tank was pumped and checked out when we bought the place a year ago. It’s always something when you own a house, isn’t it?

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  2 Responses to “And Then The Flood”

  1. Sounds more like a bad Fill Valve or the Flapper got stuck UP

  2. Even though you had the office floor insulated and you and Terry enclosed the sides, in the pictures I just looked at, you did not insulate the Drainage Pipe under the floor. It could be plugged with Ice. Might have a redo when the temperature goes up a bit.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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