Family escapes home sewage crisisWritten by Dan Bumpus | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A local mom says she and her kids have been forced out of their home because of a raw sewage back up. It’s been happening on Walnut Street, near downtown, and it’s been going on for months.
Valencia Thomas’ family had to temporarily move out three months ago because the conditions are so bad. Not only is the ceiling falling in, the bathroom plumbing has been backing up everywhere, even in the kitchen sink. They complained to the landlord, but say he ignored the problem. “I have four children. We have been staying with my mom in a one bedroom home,” Thomas told Call 11 for Action.
The almost $800-a-month rent at her place is government subsidized. But guess what taxpayers are getting for their money? Huge holes have opened up in the ceiling, leaking whenever it rains. And then there’s the plumbing.
“Literally, ‘dookie’ and ‘pee’ and everything comes up through the tub. It comes up through the sinks; the kitchen sink, upstairs sink,” she said.
Every time the toilet flushes, the tub fills up with filthy water. So does the kitchen sink. The sewage has left stains on the floor.
“It stinks. You can’t live like this. It’s terrible,” Thomas said. She claims she’s been contacting her landlord, 19th Century Renewal, but getting no results.
After Call 11 for Action got involved, a plumbing crew came right out and fixed the pipes.
“It took for ya’ll to show up for them to do something. I’m really happy about it,” Tomas said.
The landlord says he’s also hiring a contractor to get the holes in the ceiling repaired. He says he thought his usual maintenance guy was handling the problems, but it turns out that guy was actually in jail, and didn’t tell anybody.
Dan Bumpus is the consumer investigative reporter at WTOL News 11. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.