I am a member of the Baby Boomer generation. I grew up in a small northern town in New Mexico named Farmington.
We moved there around 1958 or so. Now, the reason that I am telling you this is that plumbing back then is not the same as it should be now or even in newer homes. The only real plumbing issue that we had was in the winter when the pipes could freeze. Later as a young adult I moved to Southern California to a small beach community…. no major plumbing issues. In 1993, we moved to Phoenix, AZ. we had HUGE SEWER ROACHES but still no major sewer issues…
About two years ago we moved to Arkansas. Our experience began. ( We have had septic tanks before but not like this one. ) We have lived in this house for about a year and a half and every three months we have had some issue with our plumbing. From previous tenants flushing rags to using too thick of toilet paper, flushing tampons and using wet wipes. We learned that older homes actually use cast iron pipes to the septic tanks and sometimes there are elbows in the pipes that can clog the flow of things.
We have gone days (2) without being able to shower, wash dishes, do laundry (and with girls that means a DISASTER) and making runs to Mac’s to use the restroom. We have also experienced AWESOME neighbors who come over at the drop of a pin to assist us. A water company who actually knocks on your front door to tell you that your bill has spiked up. A plumber who has come after working for several straight days late in the evening to fix a problem. That same plumber had his office rep call the water department to request a credit for the leak and that water department to actually issue a credit enough to cover that last months bill that was three times the amount of a normal bill.
The last time the plumber came to our home he explained to us about the elbow in the pipe which caused the current problem. He corrected the issue and would call the landlord to tell what could be done to stop the problem. Two weeks after the plumbers last visit we started to smell something real nasty. I thought that it was mold from the pipes or the wood foundation hadn’t completely dried. Our great neighbor came over to check it out and after a visit to the underneath of our house he became instantly aware of the problem. Our plumber had not connected the major pipe from our home to the extension from the septic tank. In that area under the house was filled with all of the waste from our home… from the toilets, showers, dishwasher, washer and so on.
OMG, now how do I classify this plumbing experience?