Yesterday is the day everything was supposed to be done. And it was... sort of.

I had told Robert that I'd be home late (BASA meeting) and asked him to call me if anything came up. I was a bit surprised when he called me at 9:45pm and said things were not going well.

It turns out that all the new plumbing was in and working. However, when they went to test the showers, both clogged up. There was so much sediment in the lines that both of them locked up hard. So they spent some time fighting with the showers but had to give up when it got late.

So the work was "done" but I still had no shower. :-(

On the plus side, I finally have hot water back at all the faucets and don't have to keep turning it on and off at the tank.

Michelle called me this morning to say that Robert would be able to come back out this afternoon to tackle the shower problems. Yay!

I just hope he doesn't need to get into the wall behind either of the showers. Having to replace tile would suck.

More later...

Posted by jzawodn at January 26, 2005 09:02 AM

Reader Comments
# Garth said:

Is your house constructed from wood ???.

on January 26, 2005 01:31 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Well, I really hope it's not jello.

on January 26, 2005 01:47 PM
# Kendall Willets said:

They probably got junk in the lines and clogged the shower intake screens. They/you can pull the valve cover and get at the valve.

on January 26, 2005 03:07 PM
# Kevin Marks said:

Garth: in California all houses are made of wood. In a quake, wood flexes, brick falls down.

Jeremy: I'd advise getting a water softener system. We live in SJ and got one, and there are no sediment problems, the water tastes good, and we use far less soap & detergent as we aren't using half of it to counteract the sediment.

on January 26, 2005 03:09 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Kevin: I already have one. :-)

You're right. It does make a difference.

on January 26, 2005 04:30 PM
# Charles said:

This same sort of clogged pipes problem happened to me (sort of). The plastic liner of my water heater decomposed and turned into bazillions of little shreds of plastic. The pieces got pumped through all the pipes, clogging up the showerheads and taps. It didn't take too much to clear it, I replaced a couple of showerheads and pulled out the "bubbler" filters on the taps, ran a lot of water and it was mostly cleared out. I did have to replace the kitchen faucets which were ruined. At least I finally figured out why the water tasted like plastic.
The water heater had to be replaced since it started to leak. Well, not so much leak as gush forth like a river. The manufacturer was supposed to pay for a replacement since that model was recalled due to defective plastics, but of course I never got a penny out of them.

on January 26, 2005 08:25 PM
# justin said:

now i know why plumbers can charge $100 a hour over here in the UK

Brickies and carpenters are in short supply too.

Not so much , "revenge of the nerds" - more , "revenge of the slow kids who didnt do too well as school".

One good thing about being a plumber though -
a) your job can't be outsourced
b) people will ALWAYS want a water supply.

if that's not job security, i dont know what is.

on January 27, 2005 03:10 AM
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