The Drainage Problem that Grew…94 feet?

For every endeavor, there’s a “best of the best” list and if you’re with Roto Rooter, you’d aspire to this one. Each year Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Drain Service surveys 4,000 field technicians to honor (spotlight?) the year’s ”five strangest items recovered from pipes and toilets over the course of the year.”

The list for 2008 includes cats, diamonds and this record-setting, traffic-stopping 94-foot-long root extracted from a drainge pipe at the Manatee County United Way office.

In June, Roto-Rooter Contractor Bart Mathis of Sarasota, Florida was called to the United Way offices in Manatee County. The building had a clogged courtyard drain that caused the office to flood whenever there was heavy rain. Mathis cut into the underground pipe and found a giant root mass filling the entire pipe. When the root wouldn’t budge, he hooked up his 4 wheel drive truck to it and dragged it out of the pipe. Roto-Rooter had to close off four lanes of traffic because the root turned out to be 94 feet long and stretched across the nearby roadway. The monster root is one of the longest Roto-Rooter has ever extracted from a pipe.

4 replies
  1. How Crazy Is That!!??
    How Crazy Is That!!?? says:

    I can’t believe that it actually grew 94 feet! That is absolutely insane! My husband and I finally broke down and hired a bellevue plumber to take a look at a problem that we’ve had in our kitchen for almost a year now. We just kept doing the little things to keep it temporarily fixed, but it got to the point where we couldn’t do that anymore. I was really glad that we hired a professional to come in and help us though. Worth the money to do that for sure.

  2. Jeff Alterman
    Jeff Alterman says:

    I can tell you a strange plumbing story. Back in July 1985, the local plumber had to deal with a clogged toilet at the municipal pool in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. It turns out that a naughty boy put a toy shark down the toilet where it got stuck. The plumber was able to remove the toy shark from the toilet. I still tease him about to this day.

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