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Tell your story or post a video, post pictures but make it so horrible that you can smell it right through your computer.

Here's the rules:


The more gross the backup, more disgusting, the better the job qualifies for "worst" sewer backup.


Here are your key items of interest that will put you into the bonus round:


Corn - white mice - wipes, fabric softener sheets, feminine pads, and everything else that rolls down the pipe.

Here's mine from sunday, it's guaranteed to be beat because this one was not bad compared some of the worst that I've done.

I'd say the winner should get a tetnus shot, on behalf of living through the most disgusting backup.

Grab a camera! Just don't drop it in the money soup! :blink:



 

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Y'know. . . I never took a camera to the worst BU ever but I always hated them so much that I thought that I'd just price myself out of the market so that I wouldn't have to do them.
But it turns out that people can get so desparate in certain situations that they'll pay no matter what!
Some nights I found it hard to sleep but then I'd just think to myself, "eeeew, I got splattered with poo!" and off to neverland I'd go. :)

Dunbar, good thread. Sorry that I don't have a "worse than that" to post but if we could upload memories then I know that I could top that cesspool.

Somebody has to have something share here!
 

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Give this thread 3 months

and I bet people that view it will have to have a garbage can right next to them just to get through it. :laughing:


I purposely avoid jobs like that but I know a great deal do them, so this is your 15 minutes of fame!
 

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Dunbar. I like you. but that ain't **** in my neck of the woods.

I grade my video at a 2, 10 being highest on the gross factor.


Now, if I had a camera back in late 80's running drains in Cincinnati?


I got some in the mental harddrive that I would say ranks at a 9.997 in the gross factor.

One simple description:

Black cesspool in the basement, been like that for 11 months and a HUD inspection caught the problem. Tenants didn't contact to have it cleaned because the basement was filled with dog crap and blood, whether it was on the floor or on the walls...dog fighting was taking place in that basement. The one dog in the back was hooked to a log chain, those ones that weigh a couple few pounds per foot.

This area where the drain was? Envision a 12' area that has turned into one huge mold cap. Got what looks like white/greenish foam kinda stuff throughout the covering that hasn't moved in months. A cheap cable stuck/bent/broke off in the drain with a piece of wood drove into the trap for some reason. Drain was cantered at least 10" from wall edge to center of drain.

I ended up squaring a hole in a 3" cast iron drain next to the cesspool and got it open, but where the machine was I was spinning the crap to the ceiling with my 1065.

I've never seen such a bad situation in the basement. All I know is the 8 people upstairs stated they'd kill the inspector if they "talked" about what they saw in the basement (about the evidence of dogs, not the drain backup) and I believe without a doubt, they meant it.

I still to this day cannot believe I got put into some of the situations I did in Cincinnati Ohio, and I only mentioned a mild one.

I still can't even believe I do this **** for a living! And I'm 40! Life is half over, or almost over..****!
 

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I had one that I don't care to ever remember. It was the second to the last day with my previous employer, 3 days before I started my business.

Sewer ejector, in a 2'6" high crawlspace. Apartment. God knows how long before the pump had failed. 6" or so, corn and all. I put the hip waders on, and crawled around in that slop to change the pump. I must'a been out of my freaking mind. WTF was I thinking?

The building owner is one hard working mo fo though. He cleaned it up, spotless, himself. He does all that. I got some respect for the dude.

A couple months later, he calls me, and we put an exterior ejector pit and pump in. :thumbsup: He didn't want to go through that again. Been working for him ever since.
 

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This is all I've got right now, but I'll keep this thread in mind....:sick:
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What I want to know if thats a current picture of Airgap or is he posting pictures from 5 years ago ( an idea I toyed with )
 

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I don't have a picture of this, but I wanted to share it. It happened in 1974 and I still laugh about it. I was an apprentice. A plumber and I were working on a stoppage in a clothing plant. 100's of women worked there. The plumber had me cut a 3" CI overhead line. When I did a steady stream of the awfullest mess I have ever seen started coming out, like 2 floors worth. The plumber jumps into action, runs and grabs a large trash can. But when he hit the wet concrete he slid on his back like a slip n slide for about 10' through that mess, Dragging the trash can behind, throwing up a rooster tail as he went. He stopped sliding right under the flow of the line I had cut, and the floor was so slick he couldn't get much traction to move quickly. It was way too much for 10 trash cans. 35 yrs and it was the worst and funnest thing I have ever seen. I thought he was going to kill me, but I couldn't help but laugh. :laughing: I learned not to wack a overhead line to see if it was full or not.
 

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I havve failed the community of plumbingzone.com

I had an opportunity this morning to do a job:


No walk out basement, everything is floating (4-6" of wastewater)

Basement is totally finished, which means I'm forced go through a floor drain which will destroy cables over time. I'm not even going to consider a toilet in regards to pulling it up with 3-6" of crap water all around it.

Basically one huge tub in the basement.

I didn't want to get there right away, didn't want to wade through it and watch the machine spin in that mess, short of building a base to get it out of the water.

She never spoke of price, but that would of been an expensive one for her. Total destruction with a finished basement. I really did not want to do another one of these in one week. Call me weak. :laughing:

I gave it to my drain cleaning guy. I believe in picking my own battles just to understand what I went through years before, fighting for that almighty dollar.
 

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That one I recognize. OOps. Anyway, Im sure you look younger than you are..hopefully that gets me out of this.
Theres nothing like talking about personal pics on a disgusting sewer thread.
 

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That one I recognize. OOps. Anyway, Im sure you look younger than you are..hopefully that gets me out of this.
Theres nothing like talking about personal pics on a disgusting sewer thread.
Man, I'm just razzing ya....

This is me....
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Whenever I come across a job where there is already 4 or 5 inches of water in the basement I just use my jetter. Its a lot easier and safer than running an electric sewer machine in all that water. You can't make much more of a mess than what is already there anyway.
 

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... But when he hit the wet concrete he slid on his back like a slip n slide for about 10' through that mess, Dragging the trash can behind, throwing up a rooster tail as he went. He stopped sliding right under the flow of the line I had cut, and the floor was so slick he couldn't get much traction to move quickly. It was way too much for 10 trash cans. 35 yrs and it was the worst and funnest thing I have ever seen. I thought he was going to kill me, but I couldn't help but laugh. :laughing: I learned not to wack a overhead line to see if it was full or not.
That reminds me of a job I was at last summer (or was it the summer before?). A 30-unit three-story strata townhouse building in Vancouver that we were renovating. I get a panicky call from the GC saying there's sewage coming out of the pipe stubs in the unit I most recently worked in. I tell him to plug it off as best he can and I'm on my way immediately. When I get there it has gotten worse. I Mission-cap off all the stubs, but it's obvious there's lots of pressure in the sani mains. Then the first floor neighbors start hollering - sewage is coming up in their tubs and toilets, fast!

We don't know what's going on, but to save the entire first floor from a disaster I take a ladder into the underground parking and unscrew the MJ clamp on a 4" fitting cleanout to let it dump on the floor - it slopes to a far corner where there's a sump with pump keep things dry. As I loosen the screw on the clamp it BLOWS off and now there's a hardcore gushing 4" geyser of sewage blowing out the end of this thing.

We let it run for maybe an hour while checking that it's getting pumped out properly. It does not slow down at all. Finally we decide that I should put the cleanout plug back in. I pick it up and jog through the sewage toward the ladder. Of course the sewage is like ice on ice and I flip flat on my back in the sewage-river on concrete. Lucky not to have split my skull open, I get up and force the plug into the still-gushing stream of sewage and tighten it back up.

Turns out the city main was plugged. Wonder how many destroyed units there were in other surrounding apartments? The one next door had lower units than the one I was in.

Next day there were reports that False Creek (local harbor area) had been closed because of high fecal coliform counts. :laughing::laughing: I wondered if all that sewage that got pumped into the storm drain was the cause. :rolleyes::laughing:
 
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