A Word About Washing Your Car and Your Plumbing

So, I was washing my car in my driveway like I always do.  This is my big Jeep SUV was after we went four wheeling for four hours in the Catskill Mountains. The car was totally covered with grime.  So, I took great pleasure in hosing off all of the dirt and the grime and waxing the car and bringing it back as close as I could to that showroom shine.  There is always something very therapeutic about washing a car.  I can’t quite explain it.  Anyway, I went through my usual rigamarole with the car, washed it dried it, waxed it.  Cleaned the interior and all that.  I put some treatment on the seats and then put the car in the garage. All good.

But then, I go to fire up the hose to wash all the sponges, and the pail, and the rags the way I always do, and I notice something. I have a drain in my driveway; its kind of under an overhang – so rain does not generally get in there, but runoff from the roof goes in there, because if water is allowed to pool in that part of my driveway, then my basement can flood, so we had a drain installed a long time ago.

This time, I saw that the drain began to back up.  All the dirt from the car was too much for those pipes in that drain.  The dirt clumped together and nothing I did could clear it out.  Then it started to rain.  Hard.  The water began to pool in the driveway and to make matter worse, my daughter called my cell phone from inside the house to tell me that the toilet in the kids bathroom was acting strange. This is a Sunday, mind you.  So I checked the internet and I called Elizabeth Drain Service in Jersey City.  Guess what, they were open.  They came snaked out the drain in the driveway with the biggest snake I ever saw in my life, and it was clear in ten minutes.  It really pays to find a plumber who knows how to do the job, and shows up when they say.  I won’t forget these guys.

It could have been a very shitty Monday morning.  LOL.