Tuesday, May 11, 2010

An Issue of Drainage

Well, we're safely moved in to our new home! As I look out the window I can see green -- lots and lots of green! -- and our little creek bubbling away at the bottom of the hill.

Of course, we're not completely settled yet. But we're getting there, one box at a time. How did we end up with so much "stuff," anyway? We've been busy fending off wasps, spiders, and bugs of various sorts (all of this "nature" comes with a price), but I think we're winning the battle. I think.

But none of that has anything to do with the title of this post, which is really meant to document our first real "homeowner" situation occurring yesterday at approximately 11:39 a.m.: The dreaded clogged kitchen drain. The "why are both sides of my sink spitting up disgusting remembrances of last week's lettuce?" type of clog. After optimistically running the disposal for a few minutes (the only result of which being even more gunk!), I left the sink alone until Pablo came home.

I informed him of the morning's events, and we both peered under the sink skeptically. We tried plunging the sink several times, hoping that it might force the clogged debris through the pipes. To no avail.

My brilliant husband determined that since there was an odor coming from the sink, the clog had to be before the curvy P-trap. With a bucket to catch any spills, he unscrewed the P-trap. And it was then that we discovered why the plunging didn't work -- no amount of plunging can force a table knife through a u-shaped P-trap! Various discoveries have left us to wonder about the previous homeowners, but this discovery left us with a better picture of their mental sanity (or lack thereof!). After the removal of the knife and a few more plunges, we once more have a clean, odorless drain.

What I'm still wondering? How they got that table knife down the drain in the first place...


  1. Maybe it was a child, or it was covered by food. Hee hee.

    Blessings on your new home!

  2. I am glad to hear you are getting settled...not so happy about all those nice little bugs. ;) HeHe! Fun... :) Lol! The creek sounds lovely though...it sounds like a peaceful area to live in. :)

    Oh no! :( Yuck! :P But, yes, very interesting...I wonder how they DID get that stuck down there? Hmm... Lol! ;)

    It is so nice to hear from you Shannon! :D

    Blessings to you and your hubbie! :)

  3. Quite a curious situation!!

    I'm delighted to read that you're safely moved in. :) Can't wait to read more about your homemaking projects! :)


  4. Oh dear - how bizarre!! Perhaps it's best that you don't know why!

    I'm glad you're settling into your new home :-)

  5. hahahaha that was so funny! i can´t imagine how they managed to get the knife there! :-)

    your new house sounds great. can´t wait to see more pics of it once you are settled.

  6. Oh my! What a story...

    Glad to hear ya'll are settling in!

    In Christ,
    Jane Ellen

  7. Oooh, how lovely to have a creek nearby, and all that green!
    As new home owners, you'll soon realize those little "fix it" jobs will be never ending.
    Lotsa luck and happiness in your new home.
    ps. perhaps you can post some pics of your new home? I'am sure all us ladies here would love to see it.

  8. Oh dear!! I'm glad you managed to get it out. You do find disgusting things whilst moving into a new house. We were digging the garden - years ago now - and found bones under the lawn. Happily we found out that they were horse bones and very old ones at that, but it was very worrying at the time!

  9. It must be nice to have a husband who's handy and can fix things! My dad is like that - he can fix practically anything around the house - and my mom tells me jokingly that I have to make sure and marry a man who can do the same. :)

  10. Well, it's comforting to hear that we're not the only ones to have some "unpleasant discoveries!" ;-) Thank you for all of your kind words and encouragement as we settle in!

    And Elisabeth, I highly recommend marrying a handy-man; my dad was the same way, and it really does come in handy! ;-)



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