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Thoughts While Waiting for the Plumber

And the little matter of County Code 20.24.080

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. 

Susan Campisi February 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Thank you for the Cliffs Notes. I didn't know I was responsible for trees on County property, but it doesn't surprise me. Business as usual, I guess. Angela, very impressive DIY approach.
Pasadena Adjacent February 27, 2012 at 06:28 AM
I have a not so "cute" snake but the drill idea is brilliant. Also a product that you flush down the toilet once a month to go after roots.
Pasadena Adjacent February 27, 2012 at 06:31 AM
While I'm here - I wish Patch would NOT require me to sign in when I post. You think you have a relationship going, then on the fourth comment I'm asked to go through the roll call. It's annoying.
Bill Stewart August 23, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Those are good thoughts. I always clean my <a href="http://www.thegentlemenplumberscalgary.com/en/calgary_unplugging_a_toilet.html">toilets in Calgary</a> before someone works on them. However I guess that is a little different.
Jack White November 12, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I think that these <a href="http://www.needaplumbercanada.ca">calgary plumber</a> do such an amazing job. It's amazing what a little work can do.

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