Just thought I'd share this litttle story from last week, which was
most definitely the only time I was glad it wasn't summer.
Got a call from some tenants that water and *bits of paper*
escaping the manhole cover in their back yard and it had been
happening for a few days. We dropped off the drain rods and left them
to it, only to get a call a couple of days later that the problem was
still there and now it was coming out of the drain next to the back
'K. Mrs Witchy gets down there and it turns out they'd just been
shoving a rod down said drain. When asked why they hadn't lifted the
manhole cover they said 'oh, you mean the mat?' Right.
Lift manhole to discover it was full of shit, baby wipes, 'lady
products' and %deity% knows what else, so the Mrs is straight in with
a spade to get the stuff out so she can have a go at rodding. No go so
she gets the pro's out the next day. I get a call at lunchtime
basically asking for help to find a missing manhole in the dense
bushes at the bottom of the garden, so I'm down there trudging in
other people's waste. Lovely.
2nd manhole discovered and blockage found, mr drainman does his best
and buggers off leaving me to clear up the mess. "Stick it all on the
garden" he advises.
I don't think so - we don't know what these people eat! After a quick
food break (hot dogs :) the next few hours was spent shovelling all
the crap back down the manhole and rinsing it away wi' hose and
The most disturbing part for me was that once I'd got used to the
smell it was actually quite enjoyable work......
Suffice to say we steered clear of curries all weekend :D