NEVER go to the phone book and pick a plumber ~ especially one with "affordable" in the name. Oh, did I learn the hard way. Less than two months ago I was having a drain problem in the basement. The plumber I called kept telling me all the things I probably should have done since my plumbing is 70+ years old ~ a new clean out, a new line running from the house to the street, etc. I just had him clean the line - or so I thought - to the tune of $400+. He told me what he did may last a month or perhaps six, but I really ought to consider what he suggested. Today I went to the basement to do a load of laundry, only to be greeted with a flooded basement. Thankfully nothing major was ruined, but nonetheless a huge mess. Today's plumber was recommended and said it was tree roots plugging the line (we had heavy rains overnight) and I did not need a new clean out, new line etc. And guess what? He said it's obvious that the previous plumber did not do what he claimed to do. So a good part of the day was spent cleaning up and then disinfecting everything with bleach. ARGH!
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On a happier note, I do have a little progress to share on Lydia Broome.