Thank goodness we have an emergency fund. I'm working on a post describing how pinched I feel financially lately, and now we're having trouble with our sewer. Since neither of us know much about plumbing, we're not sure exactly what's wrong, but I can try to describe the symptoms.
First, remember that we live in a hundred-year-old house. The plumbing isn't that old, but I think the sewer lines are at least 50 years old.
Here's one symptom: If we drain the full bathtub, it empties about half way and then stops. The toilet then bubbles and gurgles and does some sort of back filling. Then the tub drains very, very slowly. Also, there's a broken exposed pipe outside the house, and water is leaking out at the foundation. We figure that, at the very least, this needs repaired.
Other possible related issues: Our upstairs toilet has always become easily clogged. When we came home from our recent weekend vacation, it was to find the bathtub running (we think a cat accidentally turned on the water) and the basement wet. Looking back, I suspect that this was due to trouble draining.
Anyhow -- now we're faced with the task of finding a plumber. I'm not really sure how to find a good one. Usually I'd ask for recommendations from friends and neighbors, but that requires time. We're in a pinch. I want to get somebody out soon to look at this. Anyone know of good resources for finding plumbers?