So, the plumber cut a 2.5 foot section out of the rotten pipe and spliced in a new piece. He turned the water on. His new pipe held beautifully, but water bubbled out of the ground at the house side of the pipe. There is obviously yet another leak and, judging by the rush of water, it isn’t a small one. The new leak is somewhere under the foundation of the house.
The plumber turned off the water and said, “Well, this is the best I can do for now, but you can still use the water. Just come out and turn the water on at the street while you shower and stuff, then you can turn it back off, after.” Yeah, right. We pay the water bill. I don’t think so, dude!
The landlady came over and repeated what the plumber had said. I told her, “Too much leak.!” Then I turned the water on. Sure enough, water flowed rapidly out from under the foundation, plus the old pipe ruptured just beyond the street side repair and shot water straight into the air. My landlady teleported about four feet backward into the middle of the driveway and yelled, “Shut it off! Shut it off!” I shut it off.
So, in the contact of plumbers, most say they will come out to do the estimate next week. The company that did the pipe repair said they can start next Wednesday — note, that is not tomorrow. Our landlord has the knowledge and talent to do the job himself, but he works 12 hour days as a stevedore and after loading and unloading cargo ships all night, he’s just not up for digging ditches all day. However, in two more days he has a three day weekend.
Our landlord did put us up in a hotel for a couple of nights. The room was small, so were the beds, and all of our meals had to be eaten out. Plus there was no internet — or there was internet at $10.00 per day apiece. We chose to come home. Apparently internet and home cooked meals are more important than running water.
About replumbing the house — the good news is, the house is a couple of feet above the ground (we’re on the far edge of the flood plain) so they aren’t going to crack the foundation. They are just going to put the new pipes in under the house and only bury the stuff that goes through the yard. This can be done in Hawaii since it never freezes here.