Plumbing Problems Killed My Kitchen

Last week, we had a clog in the kitchen sink. So we do what everyone would do, try to fix it yourself, and manage to make it 10 times worse before calling a plumber. Between waiting on the plumber and being unable to use my sink or dishwasher meant that I couldn’t cook or do anything.

So what happened was this. The sink got clogged, so we tried to snake it. My fiance took a call for a job interview while I tried to snake it and I broke through the pipe itself. Of course, I screamed some power words while throwing a bucket under the sink and my fiance did his best to talk to a recruiter with a straight face. Pro-Tip- Put the bucket under the sink BEFORE you start working on the drain.

After my fiance got off the phone with the recruiter, we went to take the pipes off so we can take it to the hardware store to replace it. We ripped the pipe in half and decided this might be out of our pay grade.

After reaching out to local friends, we found a handful of plumbers with a friend’s recommendations. The first appointment we could get was 5 days later, we took it. A different friend dropped by and told us that we’ll be fine to fix it ourselves and talked us through it. Cut here, buy this, you’ll be fine.

So we cut where he suggested and saw that the whole pipe is rusted down the line. Yep, out of our pay grade.

Six days later, the plumber comes out, replaces everything, and its fine. But it isn’t fine. It’s still clogged. It drains with the help of a plunger. After using the plunger, I went out to close the gate and found that the wall behind the sink is wet. We called the plumber back. He went under the house and saw the pipes were galvanized and there was a vent that went directly into a wall. He said nothing here looked good and almost all the pipes under there need to be replaced.

Three days later (now on day 10 of kitchen not being able to use my kitchen), the plumber is back with an assistant and under the house ripping out pipes, putting in new pipe and we ended up getting a fancy new faucet.

Everything has been fixed. But I’m far behind on everything. I’ll be back next week with some new canning recipes and possibly something to do with einkorn flour.

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