So... another week of spending $$ to avoid going down like woolly mammoths.
The boiler stopped working so the heat went out so the pipes froze again.
You'll just have to take my word for it that it was a total blast.
Anyway, the good news is that we didn't have to replace the boiler which would be a total financial nightmare, we just had to get new circulator pumps and other awesome stuff like that. Seriously, the next time I spend that much money there had better be at least one pair of fabulous boots in the back seat of my car.
There were three different people holding blow torches or heat guns at various points around the house until things suddenly started moving again. Drama.
But that's not the worst part. We now have a mystery smell going on in the basement which is causing me to contemplate suicide.
Please don't post a ton of comments about how poor air quality or exposure to sewer gasses could kill me and my little dog too. I'm all too clear.
Welcome to little outhouse on the f'n prairie.
Anyway it's unconnected with the last problem, but I think it might have something to do with the freezing weather, maybe a drain somewhere does not go where it is supposed to and we've been blissfully unaware until the ground froze. Who knows? I can tell you that it is not a dry drain, or an uncapped drain. We've been through all that.
We have plumber number three coming tomorrow. Two others "solved" it already.
Update: third plumber has no idea.
But here's a hint of the magnitude of the problem - we have found zero, I repeat zero vent stacks.
That's right, no venting anywhere.