In response to a question about what happened with all this:
Well, we are still trying to get some competitive bids. . .another plumber came by to check it out and was suppose to get back with us a week ago and hasn't returned our calls. He thinks there is not enough of a slope to take the washing machine drainage pipe around the house (which is what needs to happen since the drainage pipe under the house is corroded--and there's really no good way to fix it) and was going to call the housing code office to see how much latitude he has in how deep the drainage pipes need to be so he could have enough of a slope for the water to drain well. But, he's never gotten back in touch with us. I'm beginning to think he doesn't want the job.
The kitchen sink and dishwasher are going to be re-routed through a bathroom that shares a wall with the kitchen. We'd like to at least go ahead and get that done, but this guy (who seemed to know what he was talking about and was somewhat reasonably priced--for a plumber) has not gotten back in touch with us since he was here.
Meanwhile, we have been able to use the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and washing machine, but because of that we have a nice little swimming pool on the side of our house from washing machine drainage and we know that under our kitchen we're just watering the ground since the bottom of the pipe is essentially nonexistent. . . Oh, and we also still have a nice 6 foot tunnel under the foundation which can't be good. . .(there is a pile of dirt next to the tunnel, not sure how easily it's going to be to get that back under the house and packed in correctly. . .)
So, in other words, it's still a mess. We basically paid about $1000 for the initial plumbers to dig a tunnel under our house, clean out a clog in the pipe, and determine the pipes were corroded and needed replacing. But, nothing has been fixed yet. . .grrrr. And, their price to fix it all was quite high. But, who know, we may end up having to use them anyway. . .still waiting to hear back from yet another plumber.
I'm sure many more details than were necessary, but hey this is for my posterity, right? So, lesson for my kiddoes, do not buy a house whose foundation was built before they began using PVC pipes for the plumbing. . .
2 weeks ago