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Was going over my service calls from past year.
I always ask How did you find my company, How long has your drain been backed up?

Sewers on average 97% waited 3 days to a week before they called Other 3% Vacation homes called as soon as problem was found.

Kitchen sinks all clogged over 2 months some were 7 months or more 2 were clogged for over a year. :eek:

Toilet clogs average 2 days before they called.
Tub clogs all waited till water would not drain been slow for years.
 

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A favorite of mine on at 4:30 pm ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON ,,,, " How long has it been leaking ?"

" Oh since tuesday ,,, thought it would stop ." ,,,,,,,, WTF ??
 

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I understand people ignoring drips and slow draining tubs. Backed up sewers three days? Nothing ceases to amaze me.
 

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I went to a rental house one timeabout 10 years ago. The owner was there getting it ready to rent out again. The owner lives a long way away and the house had sat empty for months.

The call was to unplug the sewer.

Upon arrival I found the kitchen sink drain was disconnected and running into a 1" PE line which ran through the floor and out a basement window.

The only toilet was shattered.

The wall containing the stack was torn open in the basement. The cast iron stack had been smashed out about 3' above the floor line. There was a 6" spike nailed in the the 2x4 stub. There was a steel 5 gallon pail hanging from the nail full of compost with plants growing in it.

The inside of the wall was covered in dried feces etc. The tenants had placed the pail there to catch everything they flushed from upstairs.
Turns out the tenants had been evicted because the neighbors had an issue with them dumping pails of sewage in the back yard.

The tenants has called the landlord 6 MONTHS before being evicted to complain about a plugged sewer, to which to owner explained that it was their issue to deal with.

I could not get anything to go past 2 feet into the line and advised the HO that we needed to dig it up. 2 weeks later I drove by and the house had been pushed into the basement. Guess there was just too much damage to save it.
 

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I was working onb a house in Scott City missouri. The ho had called because he had sewerage coming out of the ground in the front yard. I started digging and found a clean out. I went to remove it and crap just started pouring out of it. while we were waiting for it too stop the next door neighbor came over and stated so they are finally going to get that fixed are they. I ask what he meant and he said that place had been stopped up for years and that they were going to the bathroom in 5 gallon buckets in the shed out back. Well the whole time we were talking crap just kept poring out. so i went to look under the crawl space and it was completely full sewage. We got the sewer open and the crawl space drained and left. A few weeks later he called the shop wanting us to come over and fix a leak in the crawl space. I told my boss there was no way in hell I was going under that crawl space and if he didn't like it he could fire me.
 

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17 years:blink::yes:

Went on a call at a commercial building last week. 4" mainline has never worked right since they moved into the building. One of the maintenance hands told me he had been there for 17 yrs and it has always been like that. Needless to say if was a hell of a mess. Its collapsed somewhere down the line but I cant run my camera because of all the black sludge. Pulled back about 2 gals of sand when I sent the K-1500 down. They want a price to lay a new line.
 

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17 years:blink::yes:

Went on a call at a commercial building last week. 4" mainline has never worked right since they moved into the building. One of the maintenance hands told me he had been there for 17 yrs and it has always been like that. Needless to say if was a hell of a mess. Its collapsed somewhere down the line but I cant run my camera because of all the black sludge. Pulled back about 2 gals of sand when I sent the K-1500 down. They want a price to lay a new line.
bid high you will be working in 17 yrs worth of crap.
 

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I can't understand how some of these sewers work for so long without ever being hooked up. I had one that the guy had been living there for 2 yrs with his sewer never being hooked up and that was the first time it had backed up on him. :eek:
 

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Did a job in a really bad part of Chicago yesterday. Gang bangers on every corner, I was the only white guy in miles. It was at a McDonald's, the new owner wants to get things up and running.. So here I am working on a clogged water closet in the ladies room, it was clogged for 3 months. I was told by the manager that they could never get a plumber to come out. I started to question wtf I was doing there when I seen armed guards in the restaurant. Towards the end cops showed up to break up the huge crowd forming on the sidewalk out in front. Guess they never seen a crazy white guy like me and my partner.
 

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they usually don't mess with the repair guy because he is fixing teir stuff.

Would you rob the mechanic that's working on you or your buddies car?

I've never had a problem in the hood. If I do, I know I'm armed and better with my fire arm than they are.
 

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Hey homie, got some beer. Get yo drink on.:laughing:

Hmm, the duck feels he has to act crazy? Just let them read yer posts!
Or toss the yellow bottle at them.:jester:
 

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i was called out to unstop ho mainline-been working fine for years-new house being built across the street-almost finished. i asked the plumber where he had tied the new homes sewer in to the main at -i knew it was about 20 feet deep to the main and all he had was a mini excavator-he lied and said he dug up the main and tapped it--sucked for him-i ran the jetter thru the homeowners cleanout on the other side of the street and saw carpenters and tile guys running out of the new house because they thought a jet engine was about to blow up under the new house. you guessed it-their "plumber" had tied onto my customers sewer line before it dropped into the main-crap was flowing back and forth between the houses. ibet that plumber wont make that mistake again.homebuilder asked us to price some houses for him-told him not to waste his time or mine. kinda sucks now i could use the non paying work!!!!!!!!!jk
 
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