SOURCE: Roto-Rooter Services Company

December 27, 2006 04:00 ET

Roto-Rooter's Top Five Drainpipe Recoveries of 2006

CINCINNATI, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 27, 2006 -- At the end of each year, Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Drain Service surveys its 5,400 field technicians throughout North America to develop a list of the strangest items recovered from pipes and toilets over the course of the year.

The 2006 survey resulted in a surprising list of items ranging from precious valuables to appliances.

To a plumber it's all in a day's work to recover false teeth, eye glasses and cell phones from toilets and pipes but occasionally Roto-Rooter recovers things that are a bit more extraordinary.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Roto-Rooter's Adam Kolnik tried to clear a blockage in a toilet. When his cable went through the drain the entire toilet began vibrating. The object turned out to be an electric razor, which the customer believes was knocked into the toilet by his cat. Apparently, the Roto-Rooter snake bumped the razor's power switch inside the pipe and turned it on.


Youngstown, Ohio -- No amount of plunging could clear the toilet clog so the homeowner called Roto-Rooter for help. After several minutes, plumber Sam Perry pulled back an expensive MP3 music player that had lodged in the toilet's trap. The customer's teenage son was angry with his parents so he purposefully flushed the MP3 player that had been a gift from them. Unfortunately, the MP3 player was ruined.


Minneapolis, Minnesota -- Technician, Jeff Karl, was called to fix a clogged toilet following a big Halloween party. Jeff worked for several minutes to determine what was causing the clog before finally dislodging a Groucho Marx Halloween mask from deep inside the toilet.


Windsor, Ontario, Canada -- In November, a frantic customer called Roto-Rooter to say that she accidentally flushed her diamond engagement ring down the toilet. Using a fiber optic camera, Roto-Rooter's Wayne Seguin located the ring about six feet down the pipe from the base of the toilet. That was the easy part; hooking it and pulling it back took real skill. The customer let out a sigh of relief as she cleaned the ring and placed it back onto her shaking hand.


Soldotna, Alaska -- A Roto-Rooter plumber recovered a full aerosol can of foam insulation from a home's main sewer line. It is unknown how the can got into the drainage system, but it could've been put there when the home was constructed.

Roto-Rooter's 2005 list included an unexploded Civil War cannon shell, a live cat, a drug stash, liquor bottles and several GI Joe dolls.

Roto-Rooter was established in 1935 and today is the largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in the United States and Canada. Roto-Rooter operates businesses in 110 company-owned territories and more than 500 franchise territories.

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