Introduction: A Quest for the Source of a Water Problem
In this article, we’ll explore how we dealt with a water problem that required a more unconventional solution. Some water issues can be solved with a simple safety switch, but in this case, we needed to think outside the box and brave a bit of chaos. We’ll cover the process of locating the problem, assessing the necessary repair, and wrapping up with — of all things — a classic car sighting at Home Depot.
Heading Underneath to Identify the Drain
The first step in tackling a water problem is locating the source. To do so, we had to crawl underneath the affected area where we found something unusual: a foreign three-quarter PVC pipe. Although it may sound like a good solution, this foreign pipe wouldn’t fit into the existing drain infrastructure. So what next?
Tearing Up the Concrete for a Proper Connection
Our only option to fix the water problem was to tear out the existing concrete and re-pipe the drain. This would involve breaking up the concrete floor to make a lasting, watertight connection between the three-quarter inch pipe and the one-inch drain outside. But first, we needed a bit more insight.
Peering into the One-Inch Drain Pipe
Upon examining the one-inch pipe, it seemed that the inside had been reduced to the size of a one-inch elbow, making any efforts for a simple fit impossible. As a last-ditch effort, we tried pouring cleaner down the pipe to clear the goobers (debris and build-up) that may be obstructing the flow.
A Difficult Recommendation, but a Necessary One
Unfortunately, after cleaning the pipe, it became evident that the only lasting solution would be tearing up the floor and properly connecting the pipes. This is not a task anyone wants to undertake, as it can be disruptive and requires significant effort, but it’s the only way forward for a watertight seal and a dry space.
Before leaving, we took a moment to admire a stunning 1969 Camaro SS parked outside of Home Depot. This gleaming red classic car served as a much-needed distraction from the work ahead and a reminder that even during challenges, we can still find moments of enjoyment.
Conclusion: The Unconventional Path to a Dry Space
Dealing with water problems can be a headache, but when conventional solutions don’t work, it’s essential to find a way forward. In this case, that meant breaking up a concrete floor to create a proper, watertight connection between mismatched pipes.
Although this isn’t the ideal outcome, it proves that sometimes we must bite the bullet and embrace the chaos of unconventional methods to achieve a lasting solution. And while breaking concrete might be tough, there’s always the opportunity to take a break and admire classic cars along the way.
So the next time you’re faced with a water problem, remember that there’s always a solution waiting to be uncovered. It may take some creative problem-solving and dedication, but the end result will be a dry space and the satisfaction of tackling a job well done.
With perseverance and the willingness to think outside the box, you too can create the solutions needed to tackle even the most unusual of water problems. And who knows – you might just run into a classic car to brighten your day along the way.