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    Today my brother went out on a residential stoppage. The first thing he checks is the house trap. He pulls the street side first all clear. Pulls the house side cap and he sees a ball of fur. It turns out somehow a rabbit, a fairly large rabbit made its way up the lateral from the main through the house trap and got jammed up trying to turn around. This became his final resting place. I have heard of animals falling in or entering open cleanouts and getting stuck but never up a lateral from the main. Sorry no pictures just a bucket of bone, organs and fur. The homeowner was far from happy with our discovery.

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    Steve kills them all the time with his K7500.
    Buy cheap, buy twice.

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    • #3
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      what do you mean by a house trap?

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        I have ran into it a couple times in the 20+ years I been cleaning sewers.
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          Originally posted by plumbertim1975 View Post
          what do you mean by a house trap?
          Here is a good illustration of a house trap.
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            we used to pull a few squirrels from time to tiime out of vent stacks.

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            • #7
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              It hasnt happened to me yet but I know someone who pulled out a squirrel from a roof vent.

              Could always be worse: Google (fetus sewer)

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              • #8
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                grabbed couple of Cane Toads and the nasty remains of a mongoose once. convinced the owner to put in a proper C.O. and cap as well as the lid to his tank

                steve
                In the never ending struggle to keep the water flowing.... The Poo Poo Cowboy rides again!!!

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                • #9
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                  All I ever find is dead rats which I thought were excellent swimmers

                  Feathers from rotting pigeons a few times

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                  • #10
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                    Never had an animal corpse clogging the house trap, have seen a live rat pokin his head out from the house side of a trap. But mostly get rats livin in the trap pits knocking rocks and dirt into an uncovered trap and causing a blockage.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by SewerRatz View Post
                      Here is a good illustration of a house trap.
                      Is this still a common practice where you are or is this old stuff. I have never seen this here in MS. If you have a whole house trap is there still a need to trap every fixture?

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                        Originally posted by plumbertim1975 View Post
                        Is this still a common practice where you are or is this old stuff. I have never seen this here in MS. If you have a whole house trap is there still a need to trap every fixture?
                        A house trap is an old way of thinking in my opinion. Thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of houses without a house trap on municipal sewer without problems of rats etc. coming back.

                        Good for business though.

                        J.C.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by plumbertim1975 View Post
                          Is this still a common practice where you are or is this old stuff. I have never seen this here in MS. If you have a whole house trap is there still a need to trap every fixture?
                          Yes every fixture must be trapped. It is pretty much phased out. It still in our code though.

                          Building (House) Traps. No trap shall be installed at the base of a soil or waste stack or in a building drain.

                          "Building Trap": A device, fitting or assembly of fittings installed in a building drain to prevent circulation of air between the drainage system of the building and the building sewer.
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                          • #14
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                            We dont even fool around with house traps without a clean out on the out going side. Dig it up and put a clean out in the yard. The odds of getting pass those things is one in a million.

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                              In some of the burbs they have 6" clay running traps in the parkway. The vents have been long buried and forgotten. You realize you are fighting a running trap when you bring back your cable and it has a good wave in it. We dig it up (approx 6 to 12 feet deep) tear them out and plumb it in with a straight pipe. Can't put a clean out in the parkway.
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