We live in the northeastern part of the country so we generally have long, rough winters! When the spring thaw begins, everything seems to just turn to mud. Right now, our backyard is a huge mud pit, and I am thinking about having some mud wrestling competitions back there if it doesn’t improve pretty soon. Actually, right now we are anxious about the mud situation because it has started to affect our plumbing system. You see, we have a sump pump in our basement. It’s been a constant source of complications, frankly. And even though we recently had a plumber come out to install a new plumbing system for us, the sump pump is still somehow getting blocked up with mud! Of course, that causes all kinds of problems in our basement plumbing. The pipes get all backed up from the mud, which causes the sump pump to stop working completely. That causes the main plumbing drain downstairs to fill with water and flood our basement over and over. Recently, this has been happening every time it rains. All of the snow melt is not helping matters at all! Yesterday, after I saw the wet carpet in the basement once again, I gave up. I called the plumber to come back over to see if he could figure out a solution for us. Basement and exterior plumbing are not home repairs that my husband or I are prepared to deal with at this point. I also don’t quite think we are prepared to deal with the cost of an emergency plumbing repair! But sometimes as a homeowner, you must do what you have to do.