Well I used to do draincleaning and camera work, then I started a plumbing company and it was ok, I already had a lot of customers, but then the recession hit me in a way I didn't see coming. All the out of work new construction plumbers that before wouldn't touch service work or dirty drains shifted over to service work and prices started falling fast....I already owned lots of special equipment so I had to charge more for our really though work. But the public being in a money crunch also didn't care and was picking the lowest price guys so I had to adapt our company over to being unique. I have read this forum for years and learned a lot from all the different people posting. At first we really started doing sewers either full excavations and then adding pipe bursting, (still a competitive field though) then I noticed that all the landscapers where really the guys putting in a lot of the outside drains and doing a terrible job at it. How do I know? Why my Ridgid Seesnakes of course! You know Tee's instead of wyes, short turn 90's , no grade etc. Well diagnosing what was wrong was the biggest battle it's under the ground! And clogged! Entrance the Seesnake maybe it can't see in the muck but I can follow the direction of the pipe, I can tell it's depth half the battle is over! Mix in my army of small to large jetters and know I am cleaning footing drains, french drains heck any drain. Gutter rain leaders are one the most overlooked sources of water in basements and crawl spaces, neglected by homeowners, filled by roofers and gutter cleaners well you get the point. Some of the lines go under elaborate concrete patios and other hardscape that to jackhammer would be costly, we have used the sewer pipe burster to pull in new lines for drainage and tightlines (it's not just for sewers!) We have jetted 100 year old footing drains filled to 100% with mud and sand and got peoples existing systems back to working. Of course not all can be saved with jetters or snakes and we install new systems with modern components and techniques. My Head Journeyman was furious with me he was going to quit because he is a rough in plumber and I started turning done repipes and new construction jobs. But I had to, the bids are so low on those types of jobs that to win you could actually lose money just being awarded the job. He isn't mad now because we have been booked for at least 1-2 months now and where was he going to go anyway lol. Anyway big construction companies are using us a lot now just to do investigative reports on projects they have going because they can't come close to the special equipment we have or know how to go about it. So I think anyone who is slow right now can just look around at the equipment and knowledge they already have and turn it into new types of jobs. Landscapers will still keep putting in drains, concrete guys will still keep building retaining walls with no drainage and water will still be a problem to be solved by someone!
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What I have been up to thread lol