Last week it rained like nobodies business in the city of Vancouver. This was nothing new to most Vancouverites, but it brought many surprises to Chad and I.
Friday morning after leaving for work I received a message from Chad informing me that we had water in our basement. Woot Woot!
Turns out we have an issue with our drain tile which lead to our surprise Friday morning flood alert.
Drain tile; one of those fun things you know nothing about until you become a home owner. Oddly enough, Chad had actually made some inquiries to get our drain tile looked at based on the suggestion of our home inspector, when all of a sudden we were faced with an emergency situation on Friday.
Apparently Chad has developed a sixth sense when it comes to flooding because he got up Friday morning and immediately went down to the basement to discover our new carpet soaked with water.
I didn’t quite realize the severity of what had happened until I got home and saw the basement torn apart. Chad has spent all day calling people, running around and trying to dry the carpet as best he could. We had fans and heaters going full blast to try and remove the water from the carpet. I can’t even tell you how many towels we went through.
He was able to get a friend of my uncles to come by on Friday to assess the situation. He got to digging and discovered a few things.
1) Our drain tile is super old (which we kind of figured) and had deteriorated in a few places.
2) Our connection to the city sewer happens right under/around the giant tree in our front yard. Said tree has large roots which has moved and damaged the super old drain tile.
3) Some genius (possible the old owner) thought they would do some work on the old drain tile and disconnected it from the city positioning the pipe to just aimlessly run into the ground. UM WHAT!? So then, when the ground is overly saturated with water and you add your stupid disconnected drain tile, guess what you get. A FLOOD!
When I found out #3 I was pissed. It’s one thing to have an older home and know that your drain tile is probably ghetto and will probably need to be replaced but it is a whole other thing to find out that the reason your basement is flooded is NOT because your drain tile is old and ghetto but because SOMEONE thought it would be a good idea to DISCONNECT your pipe from the cities pipe. Are you kidding me!?!?!
Blair, our drain tile guy, was able to dig a trench where the ghetto drain tile was to alleviate the water backup while we wait to repair everything. This whole thing is going to be quite the process.
1) We have put in a call to the city about the problem. They are coming by this week to dig up the yard to find out exactly where the connection is supposed to be
2) We have to wait for the city to decided what to do with this tree. Ideally they should chop it down since it is directly affecting our drain tile, but they may want us to go around it.
3) Once these two things are figured out we need to install a new connection from our house to the city, which is not going to be cheap.
Ideally we also need to replace all the drain tile around our house, which we were told is a $10,000 – $15,000 job. Clearly we do not have that kind of money right now considering what we’ve spent on purchasing this house and renovating it. However, Papa Rossi seems to think with a few strong friends we may be able to do the job ourselves, but we need to find out some more info first.
The giant tree in the way of our drain.
The connection to the house.
So, for now we wait to find out what happens. Chad is going to put in a call to our Realtor to tell him about this disastrous ’repair’ the previous owner may have done. It boggles my mind that they did not have this same issue last year considering the sate of drain tile. I feel like they did, they just didn’t tell us. But then, who knows.
Hopefully the city of Coquitlam will come through for us and we can get this fixed as soon as possible. There is never a dull moment when owning a house!