Thursday, December 4, 2008

Unexpected Bills

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I was showering on Tuesday morning and all was fine until about halfway through my shower when I realized I was standing in about 3 inches of water. It all happened quite suddenly. The shower was draining fine at first then it was not draining anymore. I turned off the water and watched the tub drain ever so slowly. I mentioned it to Mr. Bean and he shrugged it off.

The next morning, Mr. Bean got up to shower only to find "black stuff" that he had to scrub off his tub before showering. Then he showered and had a very similar experience to mine the day before.

This morning we both showered and again had the backed up tub that didn't drain. Cue plumber.

We live in a condo, so every time we've called the plumber, the problem has been in a shared line and the plumber has been paid for by the homeowners association. The joys of living on the first floor is that your sink/tub gets backed up with everyone else's gunk when the shared pipe gets clogged. Oh, yes, it is fun.

The plumber was at my house for a long time (says my mother-in-law who was babysitting String Bean when he arrived) and found "hair and wax" in the pipe in the wall between our bathrooms. Our regular maintenance person is on vacation so her substitute was handling the whole thing and isn't sure just yet if the bill belongs to us or the association.

$363. Ouch.


Caryn said...

That is about how much I spent at the commissary today. Ouch. I did a lot of shopping for Christmas items when we have a full house, though.

Mama 4 Kids said...

Wow, I am thankful that we are still renting. However we are looking into getting a condo in the next year on the first floor. Maybe I will reconsider. Good luck, and here's to hoping it's not your bill.