Since there has been some talk of the large drain cleaning chains on this forum, I thought you guys would be interested in this:
The company I work for is currently involved in a repipe of a major hotel. I talked to the foreman we have assigned to the project, and he told me the following story. I not going to use the company name, because I was not on that site, but the foreman who related it to me is very reliable.
The plan was to repipe the east wing of the hotel, while the west wing opperated, then switch over.
In an effort to save money the hotel contracted out the sewer replacement to (let's call them) Company X, who planned to use pipe bursting replacement.
After researching and locating the sewer, Company X determined that there were seperate laterals for the east and west side. The plan was to replace the eastside lateral from the property line, through the main lobby (which was to remain opperational) and into the construction zone.
There were two problems with this:
1) In order to get through the lobby they had to pass through several large footings. Apperenty you can't burst through a footing because the old pipe has no where to go. This meant that the main lobby had to be sectioned off and excavated.
Then it got worse:
2) All of the plumbing on the west wing began to back-up. The lateral they were in the process of replacing served both wings.
The hotel immediatly began to bring in portable toilets, as I'm sure guests began leaving.
Needless to say, sometimes you get what you pay for.
the dog :cool: