Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Fault

WARNING TO THE MEN READING THIS - This post contains information that may make you uncomfortable.  This is a ladies issue...

So I told you about the water in our basement because of the backed up drain.  I, of course, was convinced this was faulty construction on Ryan's part.  Well, it turns out I'm to blame.  It seems that my "flushable" ladies products were the culprit.  REALLY?!?!?!  I've never had this issue in any of my residences in over 15 years, but this house that has been standing for two months?  Clogged.  Nice.  I'm still not convinced it was totally my fault - I mean every woman I've asked is a flusher.  My husband and I went round and round about this - me telling him he was totally ridiculous, him finding articles on the internet trying to convince me.  Well, all it took was a little camera and viola....the argument was won by my husband. In addition, the plumber noted that two lids that are on the lines outside were switched when the landscapers were working.  He said this may have contributed to the problem because of a lack of pressure, or a vacuum malfunction thingy.  I'm not totally clear on it, but if takes a tiny bit of the blame off of me, then I'll take it.  We spent the entire night last night sanitizing the basement.  Oh, what fun.  That was the first time that I spent any time in the basement, so that's a positive.

The other good news?  Our PM responded promptly.  When it was pushed off to Ryan Service, they responded promptly.  That was a good feeling.  We also discovered how uneven the floors in our basement are.  Nice big puddles in one location with no way to the drain, and other parts completely clear.  Something to bring up at our 10 month.  The water never reached the sump pump, so it wasn't activated.  I'm so glad we didn't have the basement finished.  It wouldn't have been pretty.

So use my story as a warning to my fellow flushers :)


  1. Omg this is hilarious this is gonna be a funny story for you to tell you friends and family for years and years. I for one never flushed my feminine products down the drain I always always throw them out. Even at the restrooms out in public they have the feminie products waste basket next to the toilet now I got to ask my mom and sisters if they ever flushed them down. I always worry about getting them clogged. But you did mention you never had a problem within 15 years of your residence so that must have mean something and maybe your other place have bigger pipes? Who knows.

    The good news is that the problem has been resolved and that ryan home customer service have responded quickly. That is good news. Thanks for sharing KM I definitely needed a good chuckle. Today has been such a long day for me. Many thanks still laughing.

  2. I flush KM and I've never had a problem...I guess I will think twice before doing it at my new house :) Thanks for the info and I'm glad it was quickly resolved!


    They say flushable, I always flushed. Never a problem.

    I did have a procedure done back in Dec and now "Aunt Flow" doesn't visit anymore!!! =) So at least this is one thing I would normally stress about that I don't have too!! (Not that I had a basement anyway! lol)

  4. I was never a flusher but this is good news to have LOL This made me laugh :) I'm really glad that Ryan responded promptly!

  5. LOL!!!! Thanks for the heads up!!!!

  6. Wow good thing your basement isn't finished. Crazy that the sump pump didn't activate. Glad RH was quick in helping though!