Monday, August 31, 2009


Our kitchen sink drain suddenly got clogged last night and we dare not run the dishwasher for fear that it leads to the same drain as the sink. Both hubby and I are puzzled as we are very careful with what goes down the drain - we use a mesh strainer and it catches most of the solid waste and leftover oil from cooking is poured carefully into jars for separate disposal.

Hubby tried using a plunger (a brand-new one which we keep for emergencies like these) then poured in lots of Drano and even used a snake to try and see what the clog was. Our drain seems clear ... up till the part where it goes into the wall. I'm still trying to get in touch with our property manager and the superintendent of the bldg to try and see if someone else has reported a clog. We suspect that the issue may be with the bldg's drainage and not ours. I would hate to have to call and pay for a plumber and not have the issue fixed.

It all seems so easy but I've been having difficulty tracking down the super. Our property management company has kept the residents away from the super and would like to have all calls routed through them. I have no problems with this, except that the contact people (two in all) we have with the company are usually out or on a call whenever I call.

Times like these, I get the urge to lobby for the replacement of our current management company with Real Property Management. After all, what good are they if you cannot contact them during emergencies ? RPM manages over 20,000 properties nationwide, received the Franchise of the Year Honorable Mention Award last year, was featured in the Bizjournal of Cincinnati and Columbus , has an exclusive agreement with Freddie Mac AND is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers. With credentials like that, where can we go wrong ?

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