I just found out that my friend’s husband, Bob, is a professional plumber. He works at a huge hospital downtown and all he does all day is go around to all the buildings on the hospital property and keep up with the plumbing maintenance. It sounds like a very good job to me. Bob told me that as long as he keeps up with the routine plumbing maintenance on all of the sinks, toilets, showers, and kitchen equipment within the hospital, he rarely has to deal with any sort of gross plumbing emergencies. However, when I asked him just how many bathrooms he has to conduct maintenance on every day, he just laughed. Apparently, on the hospital grounds alone, there are well over a hundred bathrooms. That’s over a hundred toilets clogging, a hundred showers leaking, and a hundred sinks dripping or overflowing that poor Bob has to deal with! He says he has the bathrooms on a rolling plumbing maintenance schedule. In other words, he does about five each day and that way by the end of the month, he has done plumbing maintenance on every single bathroom at the facility. Bob says that by maintaining everything on a rolling schedule, it gives him a little bit of leeway in case any real plumbing emergencies should arise. I had no idea that hospitals have their very own on-site plumbers that stay on location all the time, but after talking to Bob, I guess it makes sense for them to cough up for that expense. I mean, calling for an emergency plumber all the time would be an astronomical expense! It’s better to just employ your own.