So… what’s up?

Well, we have the City of Salem trucks amassed outside yet again trying to find the root cause of my neighbor Peggy’s frozen pipe.

This has been the winter from hell. More for Peggy than for us, but still, we have had record amounts of snow to deal with. Just now Paul is in the process of trying to figure out a plumbing problem… one loo will flush and the upstairs loo won’t! He’s come looking for the plunger…

And the crew is down the hill digging up our road looking for the cause of the frozen pipe at Peggy’s house. They spent all day out front yesterday (see photos below):



All day yesterday they were out there… nothing! They all came back today (a Saturday!) and they are now moved down the hill a bit and are digging up the road… exposing all the pipes to the cold air (so they told US to keep our taps running so THEY won’t freeze up while they have the hole open and pipes exposed).

Now Paul tells me the loo upstairs won’t empty… no matter what he does… and yet the loo down here will… so we have a problem.

I hate winter.

That is official.

The dogs don’t hate it as much as we do, because they love to eat snow, but we are fed up with it all.

That’s enough for now. We are in the midst of yet another drama here.


P.S. See “comments” for update on our loo/flushing problem. AND apparently Peggy now has her water back! They apparently put a chemical in the system last night and it did the trick and thawed out wherever the frozen section was. They have filled in the hole in the street now. Two successes in one morning… this is more excitement than my almost-67-year-old-body can stand!

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5 Responses to Pipes

  1. sandy freel says:

    You have had more than your share of bad luck this winter..BRING ON SPRING


  2. Nina Camic says:

    But you know, spring will be that much more joyous! I mean, I am positively thrilled that next weekend (after a week of more winter weather) we’re going to finally climb up to the thirties and stay there! That’s just incredible! I can hardly wait!


  3. Eric Mayer says:

    Winter from hell is for sure. I was up all night last night frequently running enough water to trigger the well pump and keep the water line from the well to the pressure tank from freezing. Went down to 11 below a few nights ago. One ten day period it went down to zero or below eight times. For this area that’s just nuts. I guess I mentioned the drain for the washing machine froze and — maybe — the kitchen sink drain. At least I couldn’t clear whatever is clogging it with drano. I used the plunger first but the rubber cup tore. Maybe it was too cold!

    My condolences on your tribulations. I’d say this has got to be the worst winter we’re likely to see for a long time, but I said that last year.


  4. Bex says:

    Wow Maggie, that is not good. I hope you’ve got it solved.

    Paul gave up plunging and went up to buy Liquid Plumber. I took the opportunity of being alone to have a go at it and I DID IT! I got it unblocked it myself! After 4 tries.

    So now we have a good supply of Liquid Plumber, one bottle for each loo, and the pipe is cleared of the “blockage” – for now.

    The men out in the street have now filled in the hole with dirt and Paul says “I guess Peggy’s water is back working again…” but he has no details… even after standing out there for ages talking with the “crew” (I figured he’d have the whole scoop!) but no… typical!

    What is it with men?


  5. Sorry to hear your winter continues to be challenging!

    This morning it is -9.4F here, and I have to bundle up and slog through the deep snow to see if the heat pump is clear, and if it isn’t, I have been advised to lug hot water through the deep snow, to pour it over the heat pump, to melt the ice.

    I have been procrastinating, hoping it will warm up a bit! My snowshoes are at the country house, far to the north… I need them!


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