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posted 3/14/2010 10:05:05 PM |
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On Saturday morning, that new fangled toilet I had installed in the bathroom renovation project wouldn't drain properly. In the afternoon, I ran to The Home Depot for a plunger. That didn't work so I went outside where the drain cleanout is and it was overflowing.
Nearly ten years ago It did the same thing. That was the first time, so I called Roto-Rooter to come clean it out. The plumber who showed up only had a 50 foot long Drain Auger and it wasn't doing the job.
Basically, a Drain Auger is a heavy duty plumbing snake on a motor driven carousel. You have forward and reverse direction activated by a footswitch. In most cases that's all a plumber needs to clean a clogged drain.
Since it wasn't working, he tried to sell me on returning with 100 foot water fed pressure Auger at $400 a visit but I declined. Instead, I phone the City for some assistance.
Within minutes, the radio dispatched Sanitation Department supervisor stopped by. He told the Roto-Rooter plumber to start the Drain Auger again and the two of us walked along the property listening the the auger slapping along the drain pipe five feet below the ground.
The supervisor was working for the county at the time they did sewer conversions in my neighborhood and he knew where the pipes led into the front utility easement... and to the cleanout at the end of my property before it connects to the main sewer drain.
Since the Roto-Rooter guy was already on the job (paid by the hour with a 2 hour minimum) I had him replace s few leaky fittings so I could get my money's worth with his visit.
After he left the guy from the city returned with 'Big Bertha' a Drain Auger 3 times the size as the one Roto-Rooter sends out on a normal call. Within a few minutes he cleared the clog in the drain. That was only the first part... The huge tree in my front yard is six feet from the path of the drain pipe and the roots from the tree were growing into the joints of the pipes. It's a common problem with older pipes as they were made in a pottery-like material of sections about 10 feet long and they become leaky after 15-20 years. Roots of the tree grow toward water and eventually penetrate the pipes causing them to easily clog. I knew it would only be a matter of time before the problem happened again. The guy from the city happens to moonlight doing plumbing repairs and quoted a price to dig up the old pipe. We came to an agreement and later that evening, he and 4 other guys came and trenched a thirty foot section exposing the old pipes. The next morning, he returned with some PVC drainpipe and connectors to join it to the existing pipes. Two hours later they were filling the trench and finished the job.
I went back The Home Depot Sunday morning and picked up a 50 foot Drain Auger to clean the inside pipes and tried to rent an electric Drain Auger.
When I asked for a Drain Auger at the tool rental counter the woman said "An auger is for drilling holes" I pointed to the package I had and showed her DRAIN AUGER on the label. She said "Those are plumbing snakes"
Great... whatever they are called, I want to rent the biggest one you have.
I ended up with 100 foot power feed model.
After interrogation of all parties concerned it was established that my niece had flushed a tampon down the toilet. I suppose the part of her wadding a half roll of toilet paper around it being the main culprit. Hopefully this doesn't happen again. Two hours of work with the Drain Auger was an upper body workout I haven't experienced in years.


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Comments:
ttomtarr

Mar 14 @ 10:27PM  
I can't count the number of clogged, shitty marine heads (toilets) i have had to disassemble because some dingbat woman ignored the signs and flushed a tampon or even a kotex.

Their lame, stupid excuses are pathetic, and of course they have absolutely NO ability to clean what they clogged because they were too lazy to properly dispose of their waste.

The sign says "If it didn't pass through you, it won;t pass through this toilet."

Now, when a woman asks where the toilet is, I give her a bucket to use up on deck, and wish her luck.
ttomtarr

Mar 14 @ 10:53PM  
I use a "home brew "snake. It is a 20' section of 3/4 schedule 40 PVC, with a union on one end that has been cut with four large triangular teeth. More sections can be screwed on with threaded joints. The outboard joint has a garden hose fitting.

Insert it, pressure it up, and start jabbing and twisting, and as it goes in more and more, water and debris wash out. It might not do roots, but anything else will chop loose and exit, fore or aft.

Unlike snakes that open only the center of the clog, this opens a 1 1/4 inch hole, and washes out the debris. You can make a long one (60') for under 20 bucks, and it will male gentle bends.

It works well for me ! ! !
moon_watcher53

Mar 14 @ 11:17PM  
Until you're a landlord you just can't realize how lazy, filthy and ignorant the female
specie can be, especially under 40 !! They think everything goes in the commode !
EternalFlame

Mar 14 @ 11:50PM  
Um...first of all, guys, a girl doesn't wrap a tampon in toilet paper before flushing it. You wrap a PAD in toilet paper, and dispose of it in the garbage can. Second, pardon the vulgarity, but I've seen turds larger than a used tampon. I don't see the trouble flushing them, and modern plumbing can accommodate them just fine. Please note that I said modern plumbing. I'm sure if you live in a 50+ year old home, it might be different.

The comments prior to mine on this blog are pathetic. Misogynistic much, guys? And you wonder why you're here on MD, single? *shakes head*
moon_watcher53

Mar 15 @ 12:26AM  
And you wonder why you're here on MD, single?

Somewhat like the kittle calling the pot black !!
EternalFlame

Mar 15 @ 12:34AM  


Read my profile, idiot. I'm not single.

I come to MD to read blogs my friends write and occasionally post a video.
moon_watcher53

Mar 15 @ 1:49AM  
Read my profile, idiot.
My, my, such arrogance !!


I come to MD to read blogs
And to create problems, call people names and spew some vile feelings !!

the part of her wadding a half roll of toilet paper around it being the main culprit.
Apparently you didn't read the blog which contradicts your statement about
throwing those things in the trash !
Incidentally, recently while unplugging a septic line which was connected to a
female tenants commode, I recovered a cell phone !!

Misogynistic, naaaa, I simply concider the source !

EternalFlame

Mar 15 @ 2:06AM  
And to create problems, call people names and spew some vile feelings !!

This from the guy that said:

you just can't realize how lazy, filthy and ignorant the female
specie can be, especially under 40

I believe you threw the first grenade in the name calling war Lazy, filthy and ignorant are not adjectives that describe only the female of the species, either. That street runs in both directions.

If you read my first comment, you would have seen that I started it with:
Um...first of all, guys, a girl doesn't wrap a tampon in toilet paper before flushing it. You wrap a PAD in toilet paper

My point was that perhaps Chat had misidentified the feminine hygiene product. I've never heard of a woman that wrapped a tampon. I don't see why a woman would flush a pad, considering it says right on the box that they aren't flushable, but then I guess some people don't bother to read instructions.

Incidentally, recently while unplugging a septic line which was connected to a
female tenants commode, I recovered a cell phone !!

Cell phones that are kept in back pockets sometimes fall out when pants are pulled down. That's why I keep mine in my bra when my purse isn't with me...(Ask Becks about the time she made my boob vibrate)


moon_watcher53

Mar 15 @ 2:19AM  
Cell phones that are kept in back pockets sometimes fall out when pants
are pulled down.

Another reason that tenant is no longer here,....... couldn't keep her pants up !!
EternalFlame

Mar 15 @ 2:28AM  
Well, would you rather her pee THRU her pants?
SuperSupremebeing

Mar 15 @ 3:27AM  
Um...first of all, guys, a girl doesn't wrap a tampon in toilet paper before flushing it. You wrap a PAD in toilet paper, and dispose of it in the garbage can.

Apparently your Head of the NTPB ( National Tampon Pad Bureau ) that investigates improper feminine disposals. I've seen enough pad coffins and or shroud pads in toilets that you could start a freaken Plumber memorial.

Second, pardon the vulgarity, but I've seen turds larger than a used tampon.

I was on a first date where we went to dinner, drinks and back to my house where she asked to use the bathroom. She used the one in the living room. She took a dump that smelled so bad we had to go outside by the pool. I was thinking about pushing her into the pool to disinfect her. True story.
EternalFlame

Mar 15 @ 3:52AM  
I've seen enough pad coffins and or shroud pads in toilets that you could start a freaken Plumber memorial.

PAD coffins. EXACTLY.

Like I said in a later comment, I've never known a woman that wrapped a tampon, and perhaps in this case the feminine hygiene product was misidentified.

I understand that some women are not bright enough to read the kotex box to see where it says that they don't go in the toilet, but not ALL women are dumb enough to flush a pad.
ttomtarr

Mar 15 @ 9:21AM  
Flame

If you have never experienced the joy of picking the shit/fiber blob of someone else's waste out of a commode, while the nitwit that flushed it down stands by making lame excuses and extolling her own inability and unwillingness to deal with the mess she has created, you cannot understand the vigor with which those of us who have discuss the matter.

Human excrement will, in time, soften and pass through the system, while fiberous sanitary absorbent devices swell to create a more perfect seal in the pipes.

In a marine system, sewage goes through a mascerator, basically an in line blender which shreds and pumps paper and human waste. The fibers in hygienic devices enmesh and clog this, often adding the expense of a $125 burned out motor to the indignity of picking through another person's excrement

One such experience is enough to give one a strong opinion. Repeated experiences of this sort are enough to make one downright belligerent concerning this matter..
beckyiv42000

Mar 15 @ 12:22PM  
Ugh Chat I know when I was working on a apartment complex that had just been built I was amazed at how ignorant some girls (women know better) can be .. the underground garage was proof of that.. this ignorant girl had been flushing her tampons for a week ( remember this is a new building only occupied a month) and when the system backed up the plumber came out to clear it out.. he removed the clean out cap on the drain and about 50 tampons oozed out .. it was disgusting .. I marched upstairs and bitched her out but good and sent her the bill for the plumber .. she was the ONLY tenant on that side of the building at the time .. I learned from a young age (before I started ) not to flush anything down .. my best friends dad was a plumber and that was the first thing he told me when I asked to use the restroom ... Sorry EF but I have witnessed too many females flush things that aint supposed to be flushed to not feel sympathy for anyone having to clear out a drain because of some idjit flushing a tampon


oh btw tampons disposed of properly in the trash should be wrapped in TP too .no one needs to see a used one yanno?? JMHO



I can t belive im commenting on this haha
EternalFlame

Mar 15 @ 12:53PM  
Becks, I'm curious....how old was the plumbing in the building?

And omg...what kind of woman needs 50 tampons for one period? That's one heavy flow!
EternalFlame

Mar 15 @ 12:55PM  
Oh, nvm, I see you said it had just been built...

That's just weird. I've never heard of that happening with properly installed modern plumbing.
moon_watcher53

Mar 15 @ 1:01PM  
Read my profile, idiot. I'm not single.
I finally did and it says:
marital status: In a Relationship

Is that supposed to mean something noble and upstanding ??
Maybe something that would inspire a child to be proud of their parent ??
Being married is "not single" !!
EternalFlame

Mar 15 @ 1:10PM  
"Single" means "lacking a partner"

I'm not single.

As far as the rest of your comment...

Is that supposed to mean something noble and upstanding ??
Maybe something that would inspire a child to be proud of their parent ??

...I have no idea what you were trying to say.
moon_watcher53

Mar 15 @ 1:13PM  
I have no idea what you were trying to say.

You don't know much about trashy women nor plumbing either !!
EternalFlame

Mar 15 @ 1:13PM  
You're right...I don't know much about trashy women as I am not one, nor are any of my friends
moon_watcher53

Mar 15 @ 1:57PM  
The defense rests its case !!
ttomtarr

Mar 15 @ 2:43PM  
Moon I am glad to see you rest your defense.

Now let your offense take a break, and we will return to discussing clogged pipes
moon_watcher53

Mar 15 @ 3:17PM  
and we will return to discussing clogged pipes

I'll toast to that with a shot of Drain-O !!
Loinlee_Sole

Mar 15 @ 3:50PM  
and to think........i dont know of any women plumbers
moon_watcher53

Mar 15 @ 4:37PM  
i dont know of any women plumbers
Probably just as well off Loinlee, in the past 18 hrs. I've became so confused
about gravity and its effects on certain materials I think I'm going to call Jack Schitt's sisters.... Happy and Holy Schitt and cancel our date tonight !
Blaiserboy

Mar 16 @ 4:20PM  
I have had similar adventures, a person has to use a chemical immediately after cutting roots or they will be back in a jiffy.

I recently had all the drains in my house backed up, I had to take apart the pipe joints and clean out the buildup... MESS...

Drains we pay little attention to for years. and then all of a sudden BIG troubles..

I am glad you have the most recent adventure completed, I am sure you are hoping that will be the last time..
mstanton13

Oct 1 @ 11:14AM  
just found this while searching for info after my MALE room-mate clogged up the toilet and choked the pump (basement bathroom) with CONDOMS and "flushable" wipes (since I helped empty and repair, I can say I also saw other stuff which looked like cloth, string (dental floss?) and other items floating in the tank and jamming up the pump and pipes). I know this post wasn't recent, but wondered if anyone had any experience with this, or comments? The room-mate says he never had issues with this before, but I think he should pay for the new pump and repair?? let alone my unpaid time off work to clean and fix!
hockeyfan670

Feb 16 @ 6:42PM  
Yes, as a woman who has dealt with a 100 foot power auger to clear a septic line, only to discover that our guests had flushed a couple of condoms, I am here to say that men also flush stupid things. Septic systems do not like pads, tampons, nor condoms. I now list these items when I discuss with guests that only what the body produces, plus toilet paper, is allowed down any drain. It is tiring to run 95 feet of snake out - let alone yank back. I'm on episode #3 now. I do hope this is the last, last, LAST time I have to do this!!!
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