Murphy's Law of Plumbing Problems

Real Estate Agent with Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky

Murphy's Law Strikes Again!Old Pipe Wrench Lying on its Side

Drains in your home will clog just before a major holiday or other celebration.  If it is  a holiday in which you do lots of cooking then the kitchen drain is sure to clog.  If it is a celebration for a child's birthday when you have 20 toddlers that need to use the potty then it will one or all of the bathrooms.

We can testify to this truth.  We were completing our babysitting assignment for the evening -- four year old Sam was downstairs passing the Nerf football to me as I was watching the Cats maul their opponent.  Kathy had bathed baby Harper who was toddling around in her pajamas.  "Um, Paul -- do we have any Drano?"  (Not the words I wanted to hear).   Both sides of the kitchen sink were full of murky water.  I thought that the problem was in the trap, but after unscrewing that section of pipe and flooding the kitchen floor, I determined that the problem must be further down the pipes.  A sink that has been just unplugged we hope.
    Of course this kind of   "emergency" is just what Sam, our four year old fireman wannabe lives for.  He began chattering about the problem, "I am very good at fixing things.  The problem is a leak"  (how intuitive -- as water was gushing onto the floor.)  Sam looked through the kitchen drawers and came up with a cookie press.  "This is just what we need to solve the problem."  But I decided to dash to Lowes and purchase a "snake".  I left just as Kathy was putting Harper into her crib and Sam was saying, "I am very good at catching snakes.  I can help you."  
    Thirty minutes later I  returned from Lowes with armed with a long snake and a chemical drain cleaner.  The snake got the water flowing again and I am treating the kitchen sink with a heavy duty drain cleaner.  Crisis averted.  Ready for Thanksgiving.


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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Sam is a born problem-solver!

   LOL to the clogged drains...  unless it is a toilet overflowing onto the floor, and your are frantically trying to stop the waste water from crossing the threshold onto the carpet in the adjoining room.

   Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 23, 2011 02:43 PM #1
Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky - Lexington, KY
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Thanks Fred,

Yes, Sam always has  a solution.  I have never seen a child who really think he can fix anything.  I can't wait until he is really old enough to take care of all of Grandpa's mechanical problems.  Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

Nov 23, 2011 02:46 PM #2
Rick Irving
My Texas Home Real Estate - Fort Worth, TX
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Good for you! There is nothing fun about plumbing probelms. I am glad and I know you are that it worked out as good as it did.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2011 03:58 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Paul, it is always like that, I had functions where we had a barbecue and the Butane gas ran out:)) luckily we had so many people they did not even notice that we were gone and back:)) Happy Thanksgiving:)

Nov 24, 2011 04:21 PM #4
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