plumber came today...said it was a "gas transference". i guess that means that the neighbors used some powerful cleaner and it moved a trapped amt. of sewer gas and chemical fumes out of the drains on our side. it still smells over here, but more like a lingering residue than actual gas escaping. the landlord apologized for hanging up on my fiance' but also downplayed the whole thing... so whatever. i think because i am leaving in three days, that i'm going to let this go. we have already paid the @#$ this month's rent and i don't want to lose my deposit over something stupid that he "finds" because he's mad that we inconvienced him with sewer gas. i called the health department today, but they told me that i should call 911 if it was an emergency or a plumber if not. thank you to all for your advice, especially TM. i think we would have gotten very sick or worse last night if we had stayed here. i believe in karma. this will come back around on him. and in the future i will know what to do. i will immediately call 911
Gina, one of my best friends is married to a police officer. he works for my city. so, she asked him about all this tonight and he concured with the health department that unless it was still an imminent emergency, that i couldn't really do anything at this point besides try to sue him for endangerment. I WISH i hadn't been so out of it and had just called 911 last night. i was spinning when we left. and today, i feel better, but still have a lingering headache. fiance' does also. thank you for asking :) -agentcooper
You need to stay away from that place! When I was pregnant with my youngest son (he's now 14) the sewer backed up into our house twice! The first time, we were home and caught it when it was just water and we were able to turn the water off. All flooring in the house had to be replaced. Six months later, my husband came home to see raw sewage coming out of the utility room into the garage. Luckily he called me and told me not to come any where near that house and he was also very smart and took pictures of everything. There was literally s**t through my entire home. The city had tried to flush out a line and flushed it right into my home via every drain in the house. Through the dishwasher, clothes washer, toilets, sinks, tubs/showers.... you name it. The response from the city ... "Sorry". FYI - in Texas you are unable to sue a city government for these types of things. The Environmental Protection Agency was contacted by our insurance and told us that if we didn't gut the entire home, it would be condemned. Long and short - we moved into my Mom's rent house that is a very small 2 bedroom home and we were there for almost 7 months. I did have a brand new home when we got back in, but we sold it and got out of there quick! I had some very serious complications with my delivery of my son and they attributed it to the very small time we had to go in and get what was salvagable from our house. Sorry for the long post, but know that this is a very serious situation!