OK...So it was about 5:00 O'clock Sunday afternoon, just an hour before dinner was to be ready. Reese came running outside to tell me that the basement was flooding and we had to start moving stuff. Now I have a sump that runs all the time in wet weather, but I also have an emergency sump pump that runs off a battery back-up, and believe me it has saved my basement on more than one occasion. But he said that there was a leak in the sewer pipe.
Now THAT freaked me out, so I rushed downstairs to see if that were true. It seems that the cement that packed the pipe in the wall had sprung a leak about the size of a quarter, and water was indeed shooting in my basement. Fortunately, the leak was not far from my basement floor drain, and I could easily squeegie it into the drain. But water is a powerful force and It's hard telling how much bigger the hole was going to get, so I went next door to consult with my BIL for some expert advice. He told me to go to Home Depot and get some stuff called Hydraulic Cement.
I prefer Lowes because at Home Depot there is NOBODY ever in that department that you need help in. Of course the rain had made both places a mad-house, and the 10# buckets of that Cement were all sold out. The price on the sold out bucket was 10.25, the price on the 20# bucket was on sale for 10.75!
I know that was way more than I needed, but WTF!!
When I got home Joe (BIL), told me exactly how to do it. You mix 4 parts cement with one part water and stir till it starts to thicken up. Then I put on some rubber gloves and 'worked' it by hand till it started to become the consistancy of silly putty. I then rolled it by hand till it was about the size of a ring of bologna, I placed it around the pipe and pressed it into place. VOILA!!
Leak stopped..I did it myself...And all for under 11 bucks!!!
It was wet and wild, but it turned out to be just fine. Dinner was set back about 15 minutes, and we laughed about it later..I felt very Lucky!!!