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A New One (by Doogie [KS]) Feb 9, 2024 3:44 PM
       A New One (by RB [TN]) Feb 9, 2024 4:03 PM
       A New One (by NE [PA]) Feb 9, 2024 4:19 PM
       A New One (by Scott [IN]) Feb 9, 2024 5:50 PM
       A New One (by Vee [OH]) Feb 9, 2024 8:58 PM
       A New One (by Mike45 [NV]) Feb 9, 2024 9:44 PM
       A New One (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 9, 2024 10:52 PM
       A New One (by zero [IN]) Feb 10, 2024 7:57 AM
       A New One (by NE [PA]) Feb 10, 2024 8:14 AM
       A New One (by zero [IN]) Feb 10, 2024 8:24 AM
       A New One (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 10, 2024 6:48 PM
       A New One (by pete [OR]) Feb 11, 2024 3:35 PM
       A New One (by NE [PA]) Feb 11, 2024 3:43 PM
       A New One (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 12, 2024 6:47 AM

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A New One (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 3:44 PM

Well, I've heard of this. Never knew anyone it has happened to though. It happened to me today.

New tenant that moved in a week ago today called and said sewer was backing up. I have a great relationship with my plumber and typically get preferred service. So, he was out there in about 2 hours. He called back in about 2.5 hours and let me know the sewer line had a bag of concrete poured in it.

I think what happened is they poured about half a bag in the cleanout. The house was vacant for a short time, so this new tenant moving in and starting the water flowing again is probably how the concrete got mixed up. Water still flowed over the pile, but only had about an inch. Plumber was able to bust it up and pull it out of the pipe from the cleanout and also the side of the pipe that goes to the house. He didn't even want to try to do that on the side that goes to the sewer main because if it broke free and slid down, we'd have to replace the whole sewer line. So, he's going to dig it up and replace approximately 4' of pipe. All in all, it shouldn't be bad. The sewer line at this particular point is only about 1' deep in the yard, so not a ton of digging required. I'd say I got lucky in that regard.

The prior tenant and the guy across the street did not get along at all. It's kind of a long story and I won't bore you with the details. They both ended up in jail at different times because of it. The police were putting pressure on me to correct the situation. Yes, I was actually required to babysit my tenant. Not sure why that was even my job, but they were going to fine me if I didn't. That's another long story as well. I explained to the tenant that the cops wanted him to move and they weren't going to let up pressure on me until he did. So, I couldn't renew his lease. I also let him know if he wanted to move out sooner, that would be fine. He did move out about a month later.

I have no idea who did the concrete in the sewer line, but I suspect one of those two did it. Not sure how their problem became my problem deserving of retaliation, but it did. Hopefully this is the last I have to deal with it. The new tenant seems very nice and like she will take care of the place very well. Bonus is I rented it for $90 more a month. :)


A New One (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 4:03 PM

The good, the bad and the ugly -

Their truest colors come out at move out time. --69.130.xxx.xxx

A New One (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 4:19 PM

Anything crazy ever happens in my world, I will just become a professional deadbeat tenant. After the stories I’ve read here, all these years, I could live “housing for free” for the rest of my life. Hahaha --24.152.xxx.xx

A New One (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 5:50 PM

I'll add that to my list of petty acts of destruction done by disgruntled tenants. It's a good one. --107.141.xx.xxx

A New One (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 8:58 PM

Had this happen 2 places, 1 I had painted the basement floor and the inspector was called out for the sewer backup - all the drains were flowing fine except thelaundry in the basement, inspector pushed on the concrete spilled on the floor and determined the paint underneath had not dried yet so he ordered the tenants to leave for uninhabitble house which was fine with me because they had already painted much of the house black and took 3 layers to cover black with off white, they lost sec8 voucher for these shenanigans owing a 8000bux balance today. --184.59.xxx.xx

A New One (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 9:44 PM

This is an old revenge trick. Had it happen only once. We had to dig out about ten feet of 4 inch sewer line. --71.38.xx.xxx

A New One (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2024 10:52 PM


Sounds like you got off easy. And the increased rent will cover the bill.

Any evidence this was poured into the toilet from inside your rental?

I had an evictee pour an entire large box of powdered mashed potatoes (free from the food pantry) into the toilet. It swelled up like a mushroom from the bowl. I can visualize his evil laugh thinking he got his revenge on me.

We scrape some into a trashbag and broke up the rest with a stick. Gone in two flushes.

My tip> I always want the cleanout capped and plugged with the plug that has a negative square, not the one that can be opened with channel locks. Hoping it slows down any vandals

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx

A New One (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2024 7:57 AM

Had a tenant dump rice and corn nuts down the drains and toilet upon leaving. Duplex. Sewer backed up into the tub of the other side. I tried busting thru it with my little drain cleaning items but no joy.

Plumber came in and had me going after all my fighting wore me out.

Worst part is the damages hearing had already taken place before the drains started acting up. Couldn't get more from him.

I can't imagine them dumping cement. What a pain. --107.147.xx.xx

A New One (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2024 8:14 AM

If I remember right, LTD-AZ had a tenant put 100’s of fish hooks into her carpets. Basically everywhere you stepped was a fish hook. --24.152.xxx.xx

A New One (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2024 8:24 AM

I had a slow drain in a different place. Called plumber to take care of it. Snaked the toilet but still not going down well.

He pulled the stool and the drain was fine. Tipped the stool on its side and saw a shower head in the trap. How they got the thing shoved in there is still a mystery. --107.147.xx.xx

A New One (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2024 6:48 PM

Poured down the clean-out, I'm betting the neighbor did that one. --73.190.xxx.xxx

A New One (by pete [OR]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 3:35 PM

I had someone shoot a hole through mobile home roof . Easy fix. 22caliber. --35.132.xxx.xxx

A New One (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2024 3:43 PM

Pete, I think there was a landlord here a few years ago that had a tenant go nuts in his unit with an AR. Bullet holes all over. Rangor maybe? --24.152.xxx.xx

A New One (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2024 6:47 AM

I have been told as a sewer board member that they have found concrete in the main line before. They speculated that it was a contractor that did it that time around.

The very worse REO that I ever saw had concrete poured into each and every drain. I didn't make a strong offer on that place as there absolutely no way to know how bad things were in the drain lines. I though, boy - I am glad they were not my tenants. Sorry that you are going through this. I would be shaking my head about this.

Then again, what can you do to stop something like this ? --24.101.xxx.xxx

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