We live in the northeastern part of the country, and so we generally have long, rough winters. When the spring thaw sets in, everything seems like it turns to mud. Right now, my back yard is a huge mud pit. I’m thinking about having some mud wrestling competitions back there if it doesn’t improve pretty soon. Actually, right now we are super concerned about the mud situation because it has started to affect our plumbing system. We have a sump pump in our basement, and it’s been a constant source of problems for us. Even though we recently had a plumber come out to install a new plumbing system for us, the sump pump is still somehow getting clogged up with mud! That causes all kinds of issues in our basement plumbing. The pipes get all backed up from the mud and then the sump pump stops working completely. That causes the main plumbing drain downstairs to fill with water and then flood our basement again and again. 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 again, I gave up and called the plumber to come back over to see if he could figure out a solution for us. Basement and exterior plumbing are just not house repairs that my husband and I are prepared to deal with anymore. I also don’t know if we are prepared to deal with the cost of an emergency plumbing service call, but sometimes as a homeowner, you just have to do what you have to do.