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So, wow. I was not expecting this to get published. I forgot I had posted this to FML. haha The thing is the septic system is completely broken. It's old and needs to be replaced badly, so it effects everything from the toilet to the sinks and shower. But my landlord/slum lord won't shell out the cash which would be fine if the septic system was pumped monthly but it's often not. I guess I could have just used the shower, but I live in the middle of nowhere, so I thought eh whatever. Since I know people will say "Report your landlord!" "Just move" I won't get into the whole situation but there's a huge housing crises in my area. People rent out space sleeping on their couch for $800/month, one room with shared bathroom and kitchen privileges for $1200/month. Due to living in poverty I qualify for government housing, but the waiting list is extreme. Some people have been on it for 13 years. Yup, years. I'm lucky to have a house. I can't move out of the area until my husband can find a job to sponsor him somewhere else (he has a work visa) or gets a green card whichever comes first. The workers did end up coming the next day, so I have a semi working plumbing system again.
By vegantreegirl - / Tuesday 25 September 2018 00:46 /
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By  thehaystackerine  |  16

toilet plunger... $5 or less at Wal-Mart. get your own toilet going in less time than it takes to get from Wal-Mart's plumbing department to the checkout.

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By  thehaystackerine  |  16

toilet plunger... $5 or less at Wal-Mart. get your own toilet going in less time than it takes to get from Wal-Mart's plumbing department to the checkout.

By  vegantreegirl  |  26

So, wow. I was not expecting this to get published. I forgot I had posted this to FML. haha The thing is the septic system is completely broken. It's old and needs to be replaced badly, so it effects everything from the toilet to the sinks and shower. But my landlord/slum lord won't shell out the cash which would be fine if the septic system was pumped monthly but it's often not. I guess I could have just used the shower, but I live in the middle of nowhere, so I thought eh whatever. Since I know people will say "Report your landlord!" "Just move" I won't get into the whole situation but there's a huge housing crises in my area. People rent out space sleeping on their couch for $800/month, one room with shared bathroom and kitchen privileges for $1200/month. Due to living in poverty I qualify for government housing, but the waiting list is extreme. Some people have been on it for 13 years. Yup, years. I'm lucky to have a house. I can't move out of the area until my husband can find a job to sponsor him somewhere else (he has a work visa) or gets a green card whichever comes first. The workers did end up coming the next day, so I have a semi working plumbing system again.

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my mom had basically the same problem tell the slumlord she is legally bound by law to fix the septic and if she does you have charged by the city for failing to uphold her responsibilties. i guaruntee she will fix it

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  vegantreegirl  |  26

@Cody Thanks, I wish that was the case. I've had other problems that have gone unfixed. For example, we don't have central heating the gas company chewed my landlord out but it was never fixed. We share a mailbox and for like a year my landlord wouldn't give me a key and would just dump my mail in front of my door. I complained several times to the mail person who reminded him of his legal obligation not to withold mail. I even called the post office manager (I forge the name of the title) who is supposed to handle those kinds of claims and was told "tough luck, not our problem." The housing crises is so bad here no one cares.

By  samomaha  |  11

@vegantreegirl ; You might consider a septic tank treatment product. Most of them are enzymes that you flush down the toilet once a month. They work biologically to break down the contents of the septic taank and clear out lines of blockages. When I was growing up my parent's septic tank had the same problem you describe. A septic system guy told them they had to replace the entire system. Instead, they used one of these products and the problem was gone and never came back. A good comparison of products is at http://reviewbetter.com/home-and-garden-product-reviews/septic-tank-treatments/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwlqLdBRCKARIsAPxTGaUUYB2yFcSwwLUJZVW6Fwzpxa_1Lh93ZuwfJdUpyjMcqmErzG7Wl3UaAvn9EALw_wcB Good luck!!

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  vegantreegirl  |  26

Thank you. I appreciate it. I use septic safe tp and septic cleaning products twice a month. It helps, but hasn't gotten rid of the problem. I'll look into other products though. Maybe something different will work better? I'm willing to try anything at this point.

By  KaD6  |  16

If you live in the US your landlord has a LEGAL duty to provide, heat, working plumbing, structural integrity, and other things. It is NOT something he can not do. You could take him to court and force him to do it. Please google landlord-tenant law and learn what to do. Document everything if you aren't already. You should be able to find forms to fill out too. If he retaliates against you you'll probably own the place.

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