"This past week my family has been working on testing our preparedness efforts and highlighted to me areas that we need to improve. We have had a horrible plumbing problem and one that is proving to be extremely costly to our family. Our drain lines backed up into our home, filling our walk-in shower with sewage. One day while I had a child home sick from school, all of a sudden, the sound of blub, blub, blub came up and then the smell came. Oh my goodness, NO this is not happening to me! Trying to not panic was difficult for me at this point, because no one wants sewage in their home, right? However, I remained calm and did not lose my mind. I shut off the washing machine, grabbed old towels and the liquid plumber and plunger. That did not fix the problem, thus a call to the professional was needed.Here is where my preps came into perfect play. I needed to use our portable potty. You cannot live with 3 kids and no potty. I had to get out the sink tubs to collect the water for washing our hands. I began to think of what I was going to do if the professionals could not fix this tonight? My husband needs to shower when he gets home from work. He works a very labor-intensive job, thus out came the portable shower. How was I going to wash dishes and continue my daily laundry schedule? Good thing I have my home made washing buckets for the laundry and pots big enough to wash dishes in on the back porch. Not to mention the fact that I am glad I have paper products for times like this when doing dishes is not the best thing. Not that having paper products are the answer to a long term down situation, but for times like this, they work great!We are still working with the professionals, as the problem is not fixed the way it needs to be. Lesson learned here is, roots of trees are far reaching and a nearly 50 year-old home means you best think of plumbing issues. It is not “if” they will happen but when. We need more potty options and I need more laundry buckets. The thought of what would I do if this happened when calling a plumber is not available to me leads me to find a plumber and get them in my circle of trust. There are some skills I just don’t have the time to master. This problem is going to cost our family a huge amount of money and that is a sinking feeling.
Next day--problem STILL not fixed: Not only was yesterday frustrating, my son was throwing up in the middle of the night......... I may actually have to drink coffee this morning and I don't drink coffee! I am afraid to run my washer or take a shower because I don't trust that my lines are cleared. I don't want to deal with any more sewage in my house. I will throw up if I have to deal with it again. Swear to goodness, an outhouse and a septic tank sound good right about now. See, this is where having an alternative way of doing or taking a shower another way, and have a back-up potty alternative comes in handy. I will be putting it all to use today.To make matters worse, we're being tossed around on the pricing. They see we're in an awful mess and they are going back on their word to take care of everything--especially given that the problem got worse due to them not fixing it properly the first time. As a result, I'm having to get sneaky with them and using an obscured tape recorder to record the TRUTHFUL statements made by the men doing the work which is drastically different than what they are telling me at the office on the phone.
End of day: Finally... I raised cane and got the pricing we were promised and repairs finished. What a rough couple of days!
Better to have this happen now than in a society down situation. I heard that message loud and clear. I also am thankful that I have my preps on hand and I was able to have this hinder my “normal” life without a feeling of panic and helplessness.
Therefore, thank you to the Preparedness Pro for sharing her skill sets and articles. It is because of this blog site that I was even as prepared as I was. My family, including my not so prepping hubby, sees more that I do not just do this to focus on the negatives of life. In fact, I do a task so that negative things in life do not overcome my family and have us running around and arguing over what to do next.
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