Spin: Enviro-Friendly Bathroom, Reality: White-Trash Plumbing

We started remodeling the house a couple of years ago.  When I say remodeling, I mean the house was totally gutted down to the studs. Every last inch of the house is new inside and outside, with one exception.  The original bathroom was left intact so that it could be used during the remodel.  For a good year now, we have had a brand new house surrounding a stuck-in-the-70’s bathroom.

We decided recently that it was time to take the “plunge” and remodel the original bathroom. We would have remodeled it sooner but, we have had a few issues with the new bathroom. Like, nothing wants to drain. We had the plumber back out a couple of months ago. He worked his magic and things were draining fine so, time to remodel the old bathroom!

Just as soon as it was torn out, Murphy’s Law went into effect.  The “new” bathroom started having plumbing problems again.  The toilet wouldn’t flush and the bathtub wouldn’t drain. To make matters worse, the washing machine in the laundry room started backing up into the bathtub that wouldn’t drain.  Our lovely garden tub suddenly looked like a cesspool of black linty water .

No amount of plunging or Drano made a difference.  Reality set in very fast.  Houston, we have a problem.  With the old bathroom torn out and the new bathroom all clogged up, we had nowhere to do our bathroom “business”.

My husband’s solution?  He did what any good West Texas husband would do.  He re-plumbed the drains to the washer and tub out to the back yard.  I’m pretty sure the plan is to leave it that way since now the bathroom works much better.

I would love to be able to say we are just awesome environmentalists whose only motive was “reclaiming” the water for watering the yard.  Reality is, we’re cheap white trash and don’t want to pay a plumber again.

I like the “awesome environmentalist” spin a lot better.  I’m just going to call it a grey-water system and pretend it’s OK.  Yes, I think I will go with that.

Welcome to my life!


  1. We are probably just going to move in order to avoid remodeling… If only I were kidding!

    • As crazy as it sounds, I enjoy moving because it gives me a chance to start over and get rid of a bunch of stuff!

      • I think that is exactly why my house is such a disaster right now! We moved into our house 7 years ago. No moving = no forced purging. For most of my adult life, I’ve moved every 1-2 years. (From one crappy college apartment to another, etc.) It helped me keep my massive disorganization and “stuff accumulation” under control.

        It’s overwhelming to think of tackling 7 years worth of clutter, but it isn’t going to get any better if I don’t jump in and just do it. Sigh…

  2. acitygirlscountrydream

    The smell is going to kill you. LOL. Go on Youtube and see if you can find videos to solve your problems and then you dont have to pay a plumber…and please tell me that you don’t have a pink bathroom because if you do you MUST save it and that would be the reason its going wrong. You can’t kill a pink bathroom

    • No pink bathroom. But, before the remodel, the kitchen had pink tile on the counter!

      • acitygirlscountrydream

        Oh Wow!! Now thats different LOL

      • We thought so too! It was Pepto-Bismol pink.

      • acitygirlscountrydream

        look up save the pink bathrooms and you can get an interesting history on the pink tiles…

      • Oh, wow! That’s the exact tile! Our house was built in 1958, so I guess it was built at the perfect time to end up with pink tile kitchen.


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