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All posts for the day November 2nd, 2016

To be able to handle the type of job that I have, one has to have a sense of humor. So when I say “fun with sewage”,  I don’t really mean that because sewage is anything but fun.  You just need to be able to think about sewage in a different light to be able to handle it, to work with it on a daily basis and to just be near or around it. If we are being honest here, sewage is probably one of the most disgusting elements to work with. SO you need to be able to joke about it to deal with it or no one would stay with this job.

I was recently at a house where their toilet exploded. It had rained for like three days straight, not constantly but enough that places were flooded. When this happens, our wonderful sewer system at times just cannot keep up and terrible things happen. Luckily, it did not happen to all our their bathrooms, just the powder room on the main level, the other ones you could tell where on the verge but since they were upstairs it would have taken a lot more power for them to vomit up the sewer. But just having one toilet back up with the sewage from the sewer is enough for anyone. My team and I had to go in with hazmat suits because things get really toxic down in the sewer, where all waste and garbage sit and mix together. As I have mentioned before, people will put just about anything down their toilets. The smell alone can just make you pass out at worst or vomit at best so the suits are totally necessary. This poor family had to go and stay in a hotel for about threes days, it was actually just two nights but three days total because they had to get out the day it happened and could only come back after we cleaned it up. It wasn’t safe for them to be there event though it was just one small bathroom.

When things like this happen, I am very happy that my company has a 24 hour emergency service, along with all of our scheduled appointments we are able to help people in these situations as soon as we get that call, which happen more often then people realize. Sewers can back up for more reasons than just too much rain. For example, tree roots are a major problem with clogs to the sewer system, more for older homes. Tree roots can get clogged in older broken pipes which cause back up problems. Most people have no way of knowing when their pipes are getting clogged until we see the water coming back up but by then it is too late. A major warning sign that your pipes are getting clogged is when you here your drains have a gurgling noise after you flush or run the washing machine or dishwasher. If you here this, then I suggest calling a plumbing company and having them take a look at whats going on.

Thanks for reading,

Steve