I am sure some of you remember me mentioning a basement problem we have been having since we moved into our paradise 3 1/2 years ago. Our basement likes to flood. With no warning either. The first year I moved in, I had to have the drain snaked about 3 times. I just figured it was because it was an old home and nobody maintained the drain for years. Well, that was part of the problem.
Then, in 2009, we got 2 backups in less than 2 months. We were told at that point that a camera needed to be put down the drain to see what the issue was. Lets face it, the money just wasn't there. We decided to try root killer all winter to save a little cash.
You would of thought this would of brought us good luck.
Then, a month ago, Clint came home to find our entire basement filled with about a half inch of water. We called out the plumbers again. This time, we listened and had them out with the camera. Good news, the pipes were ok. Bad news, the problem was going to keep happening if we didn't have an outside drain installed.
$2,000 later (Yes, you read that right), our front lawn went from looking like this...
I have to be honest, we were both pretty scared about spending the money on this. I mean, who happens to have $2,000 extra sitting around for something like this? But we knew it would be worth it to not live in fear anymore about our belongings soaked. Plus, the pipes could of collapsed, which could of cost us about $10,000 to repair.
Things We Learned:
1. Insurance does not cover this. They consider it "maintenance", and therefore, it's your problem.
2. Drains should be snaked once a year. Don't wait for a back up to happen.
3. Even cutting down trees wont stop roots from entering. Did you know roots can still live up to 10 years after the tree is cut down?
So fellow bloggers, do not neglect your drains!
*Thanks to Paul C. Scott & Sons Plumbing for their excellent help and professional manner. Anyone living in the Southeastern Michigan area, this is the company I would call for your plumbing needs!