A few days ago I decided to take a shower upon waking up as per normal routine
when I noticed my feet were splashing around in a puddle.
I did not think to much of it till it seemed to actualy be getting to the edge of where the shower door strip is located ,which did not take long
Not only do I like to take long showers , which last untill the hot water is gone from my 40 gallon hot water tank,
but the shower stall floor is only a couple of inches deep , and was built in that way buy a previous owner
who actualy went to the trouble of forming the shower stall floor with cement and an epoxy based coating.
This is great since if you ever had or took a shower in a typical cheap stand up shower stall that they often sell at a DIY center such as Home Depot , Lowes , or Menards you would notice that the PVC type material they are made with has a tendency to retain dirt which is hard to scrub off.
I believe this occurs due to the small scratches which embed them selves through scrubbing and regular use.
Any way I could see the water was ready to over flow on to the bathroom floor , Home inspector (up to ankles in water) and I jumped out of my hot comfotable shower to grab a plunger figuring I could dislodge what ever was stuck there .
Well the plunger did no good at all and I had to dis continue by shutting off the shower only to smell , the toilet.
Turns out I was pushing waste right out of the bottom of the base rim where the toilet touches the floor.
Ok here is part of the story I did not mention as of yet.
My shower and bathroom that I was using is in the basement and if you never had
a basement shower the one thing different
about them is the fact you need something called a ejector pump
My first thought was oh no something got caught in the pump and clogged it up.
Well once dressed and having mopped up the mess with bleach so as to dis -infect, I went straight to the utility room where the ejector pump is located.
I listened for a humm indicating that the impeller was stuck which is a little propeller like devise which sucks up the waste and grinds it before pumping it up to a level where gravity can do it's job and flow it out to the public sewer .
No noise upon which I grabbed my trusty voltage ticker and found there was juice getting to the plug for the pump.Then I took my volt meter out just to confirm I was not picking up stray voltage.
Well I could have opened the sealed basin or pit where the ejector pump sits , but could not see much point to doing so as the problem was either the pump itself or a float which you may compare to what sits inside most toilets and has a simular function.
I called a local plumber that had been used before.Good guy I had used several years ago and found by accident when driving to work at the time as I was running late the day a basement had flooded after a hard rain in the early morning.
He came out with his son and wasted no time getting the cover open ripping out the old one and replacing it with a new one.
Took just over an hour and $450.00 later I was up and running back to normal.
see pics below for an idea of how these things work.