The toilet stopped working this morning. It was stopped up and when Tom tried to plunge it, water came out all over the floor. One thing I have learned is that when you live on a farm, if something goes wrong, it is your responsibility to deal with it. There is no government agency that is going to help, and hired help is few and far between. Tom was upset this morning with our old house and having to fix things all of the time. And I am sympathetic but not willing to throw in the towel yet.
Tom lifted the lids off of our septic tanks, and they were completely full. They had last been pumped 2 years ago. So Tom called our septic tank pumping company (Baker Septic Tank Pumping), and they were able to fit us in as an emergency call. Initially they said it would be in the evening, but then we got a call that he could be here in the afternoon. Tom was working on trying to clear the obstruction between the toilet and the tank without any luck. But then when the tank was pumped, the obstruction cleared.
But we needed a new gasket before replacing the toilet. And Tom was going to replace the “guts” as well. But when he went shopping, he found a new-for-us toilet that was free (he had credit with Skagit Building Salvage). I hated our old toilet because the seat was stained, and we couldn’t find a new seat to fit it. So here is our old toilet on its way out. It might become a planter.
And here is our new toilet!
It is almost identical but clean.
The unplanned home improvements keep coming. But at least this one is done. And we have learned that we need to pump our tanks more frequently than every two years. We have a small and old system that we need to baby along. Now I am trying to figure out how to keep the rust stains from forming with our well water. Any ideas would be appreciated.
PS We are now enjoying Rock House on WEVL, Great Rockabilly music!