As "they" say, when it rains, it pours...and it's coming down in inches by the hours here in good old Seattle. Streets are flooding, rivers are cresting, and patience is thinning. It's only right I should develop friggin' plumbing problems on the RAINIEST day of the year!
My day started as usual this morning with the mandatory hygiene and bathing routine. I was standing in my shower minding my own business, when I started to hear a strange gurgling sound coming from my toilet...this was VERY odd. I checked it from the shower and it looked as though air bubbles were coming up through the trap...I got a bit concerned.
Then, suddenly and without warning dirty water started rising in my tub where my almost clean feet were standing! I nearly broke a leg jumping out of the cesspool of water.
I immediately called dear old Roto-Rooter to get someone out as quickly as possible to determine what on earth (and WHAT earth) was happening in my pipes. They promised a 4 hour window to show up, which turned into a 5 hour arrival...I was told, because of the flooding rains, they were inundated with calls...I told them I didn't care...I'm an anxious homeowner with an over-active bowel and I NEED my toilet to work! Screw bathing...
Vladamir, AKA "Tom" (that's what it said on his shirt, but believe me, English was DEFINITELY a very recent second language) arrived around 5:00PM and mumbled something to me in heavy accented English...it would cost me $160.00 an hour..."maybe take one or two hour at top"...I signed the paper consent form and bent over for the probable "plumber's screw". I've learned from experience, nothing EVER costs what they say it will or be as easy to repair as they predict.
An hour and a half later, "Tom" dripping in sweat, sewage remnants covering my bathroom floor, my cabinet and walls marred from equipment, he announces to me he can't fix the problem...he still charges me $260.00 for his time and tells me"they bring scope out tomorrow...probably broken line".
I have the audacity to ask "Tom" how much this SCOPE will cost and he quotes another $300.00 (you can see where this is going, can't you?). In the meantime, I am not to run any water in my pipes, which includes flushing a toilet! There will be no bathing and no doing dishes (not that I'd be rushing to do dishes anyway, but I like having the OPTION of cleanliness!). RR can't even give me an estimate on WHEN they might show up tomorrow...they've been inundated with calls, after all. And once the scoping procedure is done, I have no idea how long it might take (or at what cost) to get the repair work completed...it is literally a "crap shoot"...full pun intended.
So, I'm sitting here tonight after a very stressful day, paranoid I am beginning to have some "stank" on me, trying to figure out which friends I might be able to BRIBE a shower from locally (thanks, Suzy...I'm sure you'd offer, but the plane fare just wouldn't be cost effective), and hoping I will not have to donate a kidney to pay for the repairs. Have I mentioned I HATE plumbing problems?...