Tenants in a North End building turned to Reddit to complain about feces, and more, backing up in their basement. They love the neighborhood but feel they can’t live in the situation anymore. Fecesbasement posts:
As soon as we moved in (June 1st) it flooded with feces and other industrial chemicals (aka everything that people in the building were flushing down their toilets) We contacted our landlord who had a repairman shovel up and vacuum the refuse in the basement and set up a fan to run full time inside.
Since then we barricaded the door with duct tape and several items of furniture and life was fine until the past week our showers and toilet began to drain extremely slowly culminating today with the return of the familiar feces smell. We contacted the landlord again who sent the repairman who explained to us that there’s nothing he can do to fix it and it will happen as long as people in the building continue to “flush napkins down their toilets.”
We’re currently awaiting the guy with the vacuum to arrive tomorrow to try to reset the situation but we’ve still got 11 months left on the lease and we don’t think we can survive living under these conditions. 2/3 of us are complaining of headaches and since I’ve been working from home I’ve been sick and lethargic.
The tenants asked about their options, of which most commenters advised contacting Inspectional Services. Read more at Reddit, including this video of cleaning up.
H/T to Adam Balsam for the tip.