I work at an aging property where the guts, the nuts and bolts of the buildings have been showing their age more and more lately. One of our biggest issues is the antiquated plumbing that helps create endless job security.
Last week we had a clogged kitchen drain between two apartments- nothing out of the ordinary- and while attempting to clear the clog I ended up getting our large drain-cleaning machine, or snake caught on something about ten feet in. Of course, the pipe runs straight down through the concrete slab and then turns in who-knows-which direction (there does not exist any set of plans, blueprints or any such thing), and the cable is more than likely stuck poking through a hole rotted in the pipe somewhere below ground.
I tried everything I could think of to get the damn thing out and came up empty. I had no choice but to cut the cable and leave it in place trapped in the drain line for the weekend. I instructed both sides not to use their dishwashers or garbage disposals, and allowed only limited use of the sinks in general until we could come up with a plan. Well, yesterday we had a small crew here digging, probing and poking, and as of the end of the day nothing had been accomplished. Long story short, this will be an addition to the already-lengthy list of expensive projects that could've been avoided if this industry was more interested in preventive upkeep and longevity vs. curb appeal and rent increases.
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