Meet Mr. Toilet Shut-Off Valve. Cute lil thing, isn’t it? If you look really closely, you’ll see that it’s dripping. That’s because we have really hard water, and the build-up causes problems in stuff. We’ve been promised a city-wide water softener, but I don’t know if that’s happened yet.
Anyway, what prompted this problem was the use of the valve. The toilet runs on its own occasionally, so, due to the previous problem, we shut the toilet off when the basement drain’s overflowing. Turning it back on caused a small drip to become quite a busy drip, so hubs decided to see if there was maybe something he could do. He visited his good friend, Youtube, to see how to replace the valve, because we had pretty good success watching how-to videos to replace the wax seal on the bottom of the toilet. However, the videos on Youtube didn’t really cover a valve like ours. Apparently it’s been sweated on or something, and we need a pipe wrench and all kinds of gnarly tools and skills. So we threw up our hands, shut off the valve, and instructed everyone to use another toilet.
In preparation for playing with the shut-off valve, we shut off the main water line to the house, as any rational person would do. When the main was turned back on, it started dripping. Profusely. ARGH! So now we have two problems, a drippy toilet valve and a drippy main. So I called the plumber that we had over on New Years Eve on the aforementioned post, and he told me that he only does drains, but he has a guy that does other plumbing tasks. He took my info, sent it on to the other plumber, who called me back. He offered to come out the same day, but due to crazy schedules, I asked if he could come out at 8am the next day, because I had to be at work at 10, and I figured that two hours should be enough time to fix it.
I got a phone call at 8:45am to confirm the address and the appointment. I told him that I don’t know that there was enough time now for him to fix it, and I needed to call my boss to see if she would be in, but she was much too busy praying (ya, rly) to answer the phone. Because I call her maybe once every 2-3 months, and if it’s a before-work call, it’s usually going to be something that needs to be addressed before the store opens. I’m not one to just call many people up for a chat, especially my employer. So I called the boss man, who said he’ll pass along the message. While waiting on a confirmation from him, I get another call from the plumber. I told him that I didn’t know what the deal was, but he was going to go ahead and come over, because he needed to see what parts were needed. Boss man texted back a while later, confirming that I can come in late.
Plumber finally showed up, he wandered through, with me showing him what needed to be done. He took note of the parts needed, then told me he’d be back in 20 minutes or so, because the plumbing supply place is pretty close by. So I sat down to wait, and I received a knock a few minutes later. “Do you know where your outside water main is, so I can shut it off?” Nope, sure didn’t. So he went away, and I sat back down. Five minutes later, he was knocking on my door again, telling me that he needed to call a location service to find the outside shut-off. Apparently these things are flush to the ground, and if they haven’t been used in a while, they get covered up with grass growing over them and such. So I said fine, and he went away.
And he never came back.
An hour later, I called him to ask where he was. Apparently he decided that he wasn’t going to come back until the outside shut-off was located, which makes sense to get it all done at once. However, he failed to mention that to me, making me late for work. So uh… I guess I’m going to be finding a new plumber. Because that dude really irritated me.
TL;DR: Plumbing sucks.Pin It