Any Great Ideas For a Rental With Costant Clogged Drain
I have this 1984 mobile home (lets be honest here TRAILER) that I now rent out. I have owned this since it was new so I can safely say nothing has been altered or stranger than you would otherwise find in a trailer. Anyways, I have this tenant who cooks with oodles of grease. I mean gallons of the stuff so its all over her dishes ect. Long story short she manages to plug the drain a lot. I have had it roto rooted at least once a year for the past few and enjoyed some success using one of those rubber inflatable pressure cuffs and a short piece of hose screwed onto the faucet. I cut the pipe 1 1/2 " ABS and replaced a section with rubber so I can just shove in the cuff without the problems created by the vent. Trailer plumbing , how I hate it, arrrrghhhh.
With the latest clog she got it so plugged that the cuff wouldn't stay put with me shoving down on it and a towel shoving down. Tomorrow I am going to go buy the large size that will just barely fit down the 1,5" drain. I hadn't bought one before since I couldn't get it in the cleanout but that isn't a problem now as it's a straight shot into the pipe. Assuming this will finally blow it out as it should what in the world can I do to keep this woman from plugging this drain all the time? I should mention it always is beyond the reach of my 50' snake and doesn't affect any of the other drains so it is way at the end of that run. I lived in that place for over 10 years with no issues like that. She swears she doesn't dump any grease in there yet every time I work on it the grey white globs just bubble back out. :eek: What a royal PITA.
I Didn't Mean To Start The Great Tenant Debate, But.....
A lot of it depends on where you live. That has a big effect on everything. Around here there are few decent tenants as everyone who WORKS just manages to buy their own house. Those that don't fall between the few condos around and rentals in the local city area. Out here in the countryside you can't get anyone but HUD quite often and lets face it have you ever tried to sell a trailer? You can't unless you are willing to take a land contract from people who for the most part just don't want to be bothered working when they can do almost as well surfing the programs, remember this is NY State. That is what you end up with. They will happily give you whatever is left after their hard luck life is done with them but thats after booze and cigarettes you know. Kick em out and likely you end up with something as bad or worse.
I just talked with a guy from Quebec and he told me they can't even ask a tenant if they are employed up there. Better yet the savvy bums know the rules well and bait them into bringing it up so they can run to the local advocates office and have a fat fine levied. Priceless eh? You just have to love the critters. Train them, you might as well try to train a cat. :eek: