Not exactly a home improvement, but my stupidity just cost me 300 bucks and a headache.
Dem called me around 2 yesterday saying she thought there was a leak. There was water in the basement, on the floor and in our crawl space, also on top of our washer/dryer. We have an open pipe up by the crawl space that our washer empties out into. My Dad came over and took a look at it. We ran the water to try and get it to gush out again and figured out it was coming from a pipe leading away from the house. I called RotoRooter and they said they'd be out between 4 - 8. There was a bunch of water all over so I figured I'd clean that in the meantime. Joe has a vacuum for when he had basement issues so he brought it over and I got that taken care of. Pulled a bunch of shit out that got wet and waited for RotoRooter. The dude finally shows up at 11pm. He does his thing and pulls out a handful of baby wipes from deep in the pipe. I felt like an idiot about it. Pretty much my fault as I've flushed a few not even thinking about it. He also said there were some roots in there. He's having a guy come out later today to put a camera down there to see how bad the root damage is. Said it shouldn't be too big a deal and I'd probably just have to flush some kind of treatment down the toilet every few months to keep them down. I didn't even know roots could get into pipes.
The pipe he had to use for access was next to my Arcade cabinet. Had to move that out of the way. Poopy-smelling water flew out when we were trying to get it to back up. Lots of poop dirt on the walls too. So I was cleaning all that shit until around 1 in the morning. In the laundry room where the water was there doesn't seem to be much damage which is good. I had some cardboard boxes on the floor which seemed to have sucked up a lot of the water. Unfortunately one of those boxes had a bunch of my gaming boxes that got wet too. My original N64 box, PS2 and Cube boxes.
A very minor thing I know, but it kinda sucked. They're not too bad though so I might keep them. I think the first blast of water that backed up was from when my wife was taking a shower and when she ran the washer, so that stuff wasn't poop water. The poop smelling water came later but that was mostly contained. I'm just glad it didn't get into the finished part of the basement and that the carpet is dry (aside from where some water landed when the guy was working).
So fucking dumb.