Christmas. Trying to do something nice for my spousal unit. She always cooks. I took over to make the turkey, mashed spuds and gravy and green bean casserole. (Fancy, I know…) I’d already done the cookies and banana bread the day before. The turkey was browning nicely. Time to cook the spuds and put in the casserole. I peel the spuds into the eatamus-everythingus side of the sink, put them on to cook, then start to straighten the kitchen preparatory to dishing up dindin. I blithely grind up the peels….and the water backs up into the other side of the sink! ARGHETH! No time to think. Dumped some draino in and went back to stirring the gravy. Then behind me, CJC tried a plunger…in a sink filled with groundup potato peels and draino. Yummy. Then a snake, which got caught in the drain hole. (Mind you, we can’t see through the muck. I shooed her out and finished dinner with that lovely stench of draino filling the air.
Curiously, dinner wasn’t bad. Afterward, I got the snake free of the drain holes, put dishes in the dishwasher and rinsed a few things out in the tub, said screw it and went to enjoy the evening with CJC.
Next AM, the sink was still floating. Nothing for it. All a plumber would do is take it apart and see what he could see. So…I pulled all the cleaning stuff out from under the sink and started taking the trap off….which drained the sink (yummy), but the trap was clear. Oh, oh. What was weird was, water run into the sink still backed up, even with the trap off! WHAT?!? I pulled everything else, but it was all clear. Still don’t know why that first test failed.
But then I started investigating the pipe running out to the well. YUCKO. Clear enough why it was stopped. We have a bad tendency to put stuff down the kitchen sink that we probably shouldn’t, and I paid for it, digging really disgusting stuff out of that pipe. Then, I sent the snake down through it looking for more hidden treasure. I think I found at least one other obstruction, tho it didn’t really pull anything out. I reached the full length of the snake, wound it back up. put everything back together again….turned on the water…and prayed to any god that might be enjoying the show. Fortunately, it drained clear, didn’t leak and after a couple of loads of dishes and thorough cleanup…it’s still draining smoothy. Whew. Talk about dodging a bullet….
It was the potatos. I know it was the potatoes.