Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"Servicio de agua!"

Plumber Damage Update:
The backhoe arrived bright and early this morning and set up shop in our front yard, which is a common area of our townhouse complex. Since the collapsed sewer line is nine feet underground, there was a lot of digging to be done. They started digging, making a huge pile of dirt on the lawn, which I'm sure all the neighbors will love. They were digging, digging, digging until one of the guys yelled "Servicio de agua!" and the digging stopped immediately.

Don't speak Spanish? Let me translate for you: they hit a water line!! The hole, about 3 feet in diameter and 7 feet deep at the time, was filling up with water!!! Muddy nasty water had to be drained out of the hole, and digging had to be stopped until they could figure out where the water was coming from and how to shut it off.

Unfortunately, the fun doesn't end there. Once the hole was drained, they dug another two feet but didn't find the problem. So, it was determined that the hole needed to be widened. How to widen it? Chop up the sidewalk. Did I mention that this was brand new sidewalk that the HOA had just had replaced? Yeah, well it's gone now. And they are still digging. And, as far as I know, they still haven't found the problem.

Ha? Ha? Ha?

P.S. The picture is of the backhoe in my front yard!

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