Blocked drain

Black gunge from the drain

Today has not, so far, gone according to plan. I was sweeping up some stuff in my back yard when I noticed a blocked drain. I have dealt with this from time to time in the past, and I have to say that it is not a pleasant task.

It seemed to me that there was a lot of gritty stuff lying at the bottom of the drain. I had some work done on my roof tiles some time ago and I have a suspicion that this might have been where it came from. In the end, I decided to try to fish it out with a soup ladle. I didn’t like to use our existing kitchen ladle for the purpose, so this triggered a trip to the supermarket and, once I got there, I ended up buying a load of shopping, too. I tried to get hold of a pair of extra-long, strong rubber gauntlets from a couple of stores but did not really find anything suitable for the job. Maybe I am a bit of a wimp, but I really did not want to put my bare skin into that fetid water.

At times like this I can become highly self-critical. I now kick myself for not pushing my lateral thinking sufficiently far. Firstly, I only needed one glove, not a pair, since there was only room for one hand/arm to go down the drain opening. Secondly, I do have a pair of heavy duty rubber gloves. What I should have done is cut a smallish hole in the bottom of a plastic sack, poked the glove through, and made a join with duct tape. I am fairly certain that would have worked. The plastic sack would then have been turned into the equivalent of an opera glove sleeve.

Be that as it may, I did get a lot of black sludge out. I think I may have cleared the blockage but I shall have to monitor the situation when it next rains. Do you know, I still have the smell of that sludge in my nostrils. It is even making my cup of coffee taste revolting. Hang on a moment, I’ll just go and give my face a good wash with soap…. Ah, well, I think that has helped a bit. Coffee tastes a bit soapy now, but that is much better. Speak to you later my dear blogophiles.


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