Poor Jamie. By 10 am, he had this much dirt dug out of the hole and that was constant digging. They put all of the dirt on pieces of wood in hopes that it would be easier to put back into the hole.
Here is Jamie in the hole. Yes, it was deep...much over the 5 feet they had hoped for. The pipe that you see goes into the ground where it meets the sewer pipe that leads to the street. The problem was where the pipe comes through the foundation and leads into the sewer pipe. However, the news was good. The pipe wasn't broken after all. It had just become separated at the seam. The contractor who did our previous repair for this problem in 2002, hadn't sealed the pipe properly. This is why we're having all the problems now. So they cut the pipe, put two connections in there to make it straight instead of being on an angle. They had it all done and left about 3 pm. No chipping out the foundation as we had originally thought. Just digging and repairing the pipe. That's the best news we've had about plumbing in years.
So, we received a blessing today and I'm happy. We don't know what the total bill is, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
Enjoy the Easter weekend and remember the significance of the holiday. ~Blessings, Mary~