Monday, May 12, 2008
Grouting the Shower

Yes, spring is here and our septic system is thawing out after a very cold, very long winter. We had trouble with our leaching pit freezing partway through the winter and as a result we have had running water but have not been able to drain it through the pipes. This has meant Dwayne carrying out bucket after bucket of wash water every day. It has also meant that we have not showered in our own house yet! When we first moved in our hot water heater had not yet arrived. Then the hot water heater arrived but the installation kit was back ordered. For MONTHS. Shortly after the installation kit arrived our septic system froze up. Since December we have been showering at my parents' and my sister and brother-in-law's homes. We have really appreciated being able to shower, believe me, but it will be nice to shower in our own home, both for us and for our families as well. All of this bucketing has been quite time consuming and each shower trip takes roughly 1-2 hours depending on how many errands we tag onto the trip. The leaching pit's thawing will give us the gift of time and Dwayne's burly arms a break. The ground is also thawing nicely and soon it will be thawed deep enough down that we can bring in some heavy equipment to dig up the system and bury it deeper to prevent freezing next winter. A day or two of work will well be worth it come October!

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posted at 10:20 PM  

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Lauren said...

I love the tile you chose. Are you sealing your grout? I manage a flooring showroom here in Portland, so I'm always curious about tile and such :-) God Bless!


At 1:23 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Thanks! We're quite happy with it too. :) The materials aren't that expensive but you can see why the installation costs are high - it's a lot of work! Yes, we are sealing our grout. We're hoping it's going to work properly. On the bottle they say that new grout should cure for 28 days first...we let it cure for about 5 days before adding the sealant...

From what you know, do you think we'll be alright?


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