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Cheaper than Roto Rooter

The submitter wrote: “Pictures taken at a Church in Philadelphia, PA. I guess the downspout drain clogged so they covered it with a coffee pot and then extended the spout to run on the pavement so it can freeze and people can fall on the ice formed.”

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6 Comments to Cheaper than Roto Rooter

  1. Um yeah…..

    But if it clogged, it will overflow and STILL get on the side walk and freeze where people can fall.

    So they really didn’t do anything that isn’t already happening, if what you say is true.

  2. George Johnson on February 3rd, 2011
  3. Based on geography this is by no means white trash or redneck. It is G-Hetto.

  4. chimpsmirk on February 3rd, 2011
  5. Smells like a lawsuit waiting to happen!

  6. blah on February 3rd, 2011
  7. why dont they just pray to god to use his all mighty power to unclog it…..oh yea he doesnt exist

  8. m on February 3rd, 2011
  9. In a lot of places it is illegal to connect gutters to sewer lines unless there is a dedicated storm sewer. A lot of those pipes connect to sanitary sewers because they were installed before zoning laws made it illegal. So if the city saw that and knew that it connected to a sanitary sewer, it would have made the church remove it and block the pipe. I agree that it doesn’t actually fix anything, really just replacing one problem with another, but government is short-sighted like that.

    This was the case in my old hometown in Pennsy, a lot of the old houses had gutters connected directly to the sewers because the houses were built right up to the sidewalk and there was nowhere to drain the rainwater. The city made it illegal and people were cited if they didn’t fix the gutters. But after the inspector went away everyone just hooked the gutters back up the the sewer pipes anyway because where else was the water going to go?

  10. the dark ferret on February 3rd, 2011
  11. Also, in a lot of places it is against the building code to run the rain gutter drains into weeping tile. They want you to run the rainwater as far away from the foundation as possible, some towns even give you a break on your water bill if you run the downspout into a rain barrel!

  12. Heywood Jablomie on February 4th, 2011

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