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Q. WHAT IS 69 FEET 10 INCHES LONG AND SMELLS LIKE A SEWER? A. THE WINNER OF THE SECOND ANNUAL MONSTER ROOT CONTEST

 Q. WHAT IS 69 FEET 10 INCHES LONG AND SMELLS LIKE A SEWER?
 A. THE WINNER OF THE SECOND ANNUAL MONSTER ROOT CONTEST
 DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Roto-Rooter Corporation is proud to award Chuck Romick, owner of the greater Los Angeles Roto-Rooter, grand-prize in the Second Annual Monster Root Contest. Romick reported a monster tree root measuring 69 feet 10 inches. The root was retrieved from a drain pipe in Marina Del Rey by serviceman, Enzo Villavisencio. "I fought the root for about two hours before it finally came free. I still can't believe the size of it!", said Villavisencio. The Los Angeles root will be inducted into the Roto-Rooter Monster Root Hall of Fame in early January.
 How did it all begin?
 For decades, Roto-Rooter servicemen have traded stories of "monster" tree roots being pulled out of sewer and drain pipes. Last year, Mel Schettler, vice president of franchise services decided to set the record straight and hold an open-call for all giant roots, photos of them, that is. "To my surprise, pictures arrived from 22 Roto-Rooter servicemen documenting enormous roots, coast to coast," Schettler stated, "This year's entrants are even more amazing."
 Roto-Rooter in 1992
 The Roto-Rooter organization, established in 1935, has 620 independent franchises and 75 company-owned operations. Roto-Rooter is the largest provider of sewer and drain cleaning services in the United States and Canada. Many Roto-Rooter operations also offer repair and maintenance plumbing services, industrial and municipal pipe cleaning services and consumer products.
 Photo of winning Monster Root is available by contacting Jane Aries of The Burnieika Group, 1-800-833-2188 for Roto-Rooter.
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 /CONTACT: Jane Aries of The Burnieika Group, 1-800-833-2188/


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