Yesterday I decided it was time I had something done about our slow basement drain. It had gotten to the point where every load of laundry overflowed the drain and wetted the floor about three feet around.
RotoRooter came out and started doing their thing. In both directions they came up with mud.
This is a very bad thing because it means that, as I had long suspected, the "grey water" from our kitchen and basement really does drain to the creek and not to the septic system. It also means that the drain line has been breached somewhere, but I'm certainly not inclined to dig up the basement floor, our concrete patio, and many feet of yard to find out where.
Our option, as proposed by the RotoRooter plumber, is to install a pump that will take wastewater from the kitchen and washing machine and feed it into a drainpipe to our septic system. For two thousand dollars, thank you very much.
That would be all well and good, but my husband and I are not comfortable with the idea of suddenly introducing that much extra water into the septic system without clearing the idea with a expert (aside from the initial plumber, who said "it should be okay"). You can see how the costs start escalating.
Then there's the issue of still needing a functioning drain for when the basement floods periodically. Or maybe the root problem there is trying to solve the flooding before it happens.
One way or another, the real drain is going to be on my savings account.