Driving home in a light rain last week, I pulled up to our driveway, but parked on the street as BH was in the garage packing up the entire house for his upcoming hunting trip.
Getting out of the car, I noticed there was water streaming down the street and that it originated from halfway up our driveway. I investigated and lo and behold, the overflow pipe from our water main connection was, well, …overflowing.
I pointed it out to BH and he agreed, but downplayed my concerns, citing that it was “just the rain”…”a clog probably worked loose”…”it’ll sort itself out”…”no need for concern right now”…”you worry too much.”
Obviously, he was more concerned with packing.
After deciding it wasn’t worth an argument (yet), I went inside and did what I do best, I GOOGLED.
Just as I suspected, I determined that all sorts of horrible scenarios could be occurring and so I was ready to fight for my cause by the time BH wandered in.
Again, the downplaying on his part, but I rallied hard and even got to the point of screeching I’m sure, because his eyebrows raised in surprise at my vehemence.
Eventually, I wore him down and he promised we’d call someone if it didn’t stop within an hour. Turns out we called before the hour was up, as geysers started spewing at the end of our driveway.
The town was called and despite it being after hours, they showed up really quick. Descriptions of geysers tend to that, I think.
A nice fellow turned off our water main, hooked us up to the neighbor’s water via a garden hose and we waited until morning for the “BIG GUY” to come and take a look. We were hoping it was the town’s liability, but no such luck. Turns out our water main which is composed of the dreaded Poly B is broken…somewhere under our driveway and/or garage.
Option #1, rip out all the concrete and fix it. Option #2, rip up the lawn and divert a new water main around the house, cut concrete, come in through a wall, follow the ceiling and run the pipe over to where it’s supposed to be in the crawlspace.
We’re going with Option #2.
They start work in the a.m. and for less money than my worrisome nature imagined (thank heavens!) and they tell me it’s only supposed to take a day. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!