And the waters came forth

There’s nothing I love more than getting a call from my church’s maintenance engineer that starts with the words “Uh, I think we’ve got an emergency in the Child Development Center.”  Since the CDC is our weekday preschool for several hundred children, lots of really bad things came to mind.  Luckily (I guess), those words were immediately proceeded by “The toilets are backing up.”

As I made my way down to the CDC, I found children, and water, streaming into the hall.

Did I mention that each of the CDC rooms have toilets in them?

And that 8 of these toilets were overflowing?

Long story short, we had the city come by to check the sewers.  They were fine.  And since we are having some renovations done to some other bathrooms, we already had a plumber in the building.  Based on which toilets were overflowing, he quickly determined where the stoppage was and started the process of cleaning it out.

The culprit? Paper towels.  Gotta love preschoolers.

So with the main problem solved, the custodian started working on the next problem – cleaning. Luckily, there wasn’t any, shall we say, visible residue in the water.  But obviously we needed to completely disinfect any areas that came in contact with water that had been in the drainage system.  And when you work for a church, you learn that everybody pitches in:


I call this picture “Duties as assigned”
Pun completely intended

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3 Comments on “And the waters came forth”

  1. vivienne hubbell Says:

    I know you love that job !!! Your discovered duties aside !!!

  2. quotation marks Says:

    Finally a picture of you…..mop in hand….go figure.

  3. CPQ Says:

    Better not show K that picture. You may have other duties at home….


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