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A pregnant mum-of-four has been compelled to make use of a conveyable bathroom after hers began overflowing with poo every time her neighbours flushed their bathroom.
Council staff say the ‘really bad blockage’ which compelled Sophie Johnstone to scrub her youngsters within the sink was a ‘two man job’ to do away with.
A caravan type moveable bathroom was put in her bathroom whereas the technical difficulties have been resolved, however Sophie mentioned she couldn’t threat emptying it and turning into sick attributable to her high-risk being pregnant.
She mentioned: ‘The smell is horrific and I’ve been having to mop up different individuals’s waste from my dwelling every single hour.
‘I’ve needed to rip up the brand new carpet in my bed room and hallway. It’s ruined the lino within the bathroom – it’s squelching beneath. It’s soaked half the lounge carpet.
‘I’ve been washing my children within the sink and the contractors mentioned to make use of “minimal” water whereas washing arms, it’s simply not possible.’
Birmingham Metropolis Council has apologised for service falling ‘below what we would expect’ from its contractors who have been tasked with eliminating the backlog.
Sophie, who’s 20 weeks pregnant, was instructed she must empty her momentary loo down the drain on the principle street outdoors and questioned if that was protected.
‘The contractor who got here out mentioned it was a ‘two man job’ and he’d be again later, however no-one got here,’ she mentioned.
‘I’ve missed essential medical appointments, one in all my youngsters has missed a speech remedy session and one other has missed injections whereas we’ve needed to wait in for this to be sorted.’
Sophie says one other contractor ultimately got here out and mentioned the difficulty was brought on by a collapsed pipe outdoors the flats in West Heath, Birmingham.
‘He tried to jet the toilet to remove the blockage, but the pipes under the ground outside just exploded,’ Sophie added.
She now has to attend for a staff to switch the pipe, let it set, then come again to deal with the bathroom, BirminghamLive stories..
She added: ‘I just want the council to be honest. I’ve been ringing every hour of every day and nobody can inform me when the work is prone to be performed. We are able to’t stay like this.’
Birmingham Metropolis Council mentioned in an announcement contractors visited the house on April 5 and located a blockage within the tube which takes individuals’s stools from the constructing’s plumbing.
Contractors left the moveable loo as a brief measure and solely returned on April 11 attributable to a delay.
They found their excessive strain jet wasn’t sufficient to conquer the undesirable customer and returned the following day to repair the issue.
The council added: ‘It is recognised the service on this occasion fell below what we would expect from our contractors, who have apologised directly to the tenant and will be addressing this situation to ensure that it does not happen again.’