My mom always washed her hair before visiting the hairdresser, even though Monsieur Jacques of Dayton would be washing that same hair a couple of hours later. It was just a little act of courtesy, I guess.
Before I call the plumber, I scrub every inch of the bathroom, even though I’ll have to clean again when he’s finished. Seems the least I can do–to get everything tidy and smelling sweet, considering the job that lies before him. Plumbers are frontline heroes in my book, willing to go the extra mile most of us fear to tread.
I don’t know if you’ve put our county's Consolidated Sewer Maintenance Annual Report on your winter reading list, and if not, let me just give you a couple of Cliffs Notes. Most notably, according to Code 20.24.080, as a homeowner you’re responsible not only for the sewer system that’s on your property, but also the entire “lateral” pipe, that travels from your house to the main sewer line, however far from your property that may be.
Public Works provides a phone number to call if you’re unsure whether it’s your line or the county line that’s responsible for any sewer backup–1-800-675-HELP. If you call, I have a pretty solid guess as to what their answer is going to be.
The County is one smart cookie. Because the reason I have to spend a lot of money every year to get all the pipes snaked and root-free is because of trees–County trees or, anyway, trees on County property. As to why the County doesn’t take responsibility for the roots invading my pipes, well, I’m sure there’s a county code that explains it all.