Somebody give these guys a pay rise IMMEDIATELY…
Indoor plumbing is an under-appreciated modern miracle- there we said it. Forget WiFi and iPhones; intricate indoor plumbing is what should really define this century.
We think nothing of it when we pull a handle, flush the toilet or turn a faucet- everything we don’t want is simply just washed away into the dark unknown and we can live in ignorant bliss, never having to think about it again. That is of course, if you’re not currently working as a plumber.
Every good story has a moral in there somewhere- and the moral of these stories is to never moan about office work again (and to maybe say a little prayer for a plumber every time you flush the chain).
It’s safe to say that we have a new found respect for all the plumbers out there.
Not all heroes wear capes…
Stories courtesy of GoodHouseKeeping
1) “About 20 snakes poured out of the ceiling.”
“We thought it was just a typical clogging issue,” says Jennifer Rodriguez, COO at PRO Housekeepers.
“After several hours of no luck, we noticed there was a leak in the living room so we went ahead and cut out a nice chunk of the living room ceiling. There was a small crack in the pipe with a snake stuck in just enough to cause an issue, then about 20 small snakes came pouring out of the ceiling.”
“Needless to say, pest control and therapy were both involved afterwards.”
2) “He found an opossum looking down on him.”
“One of our plumbers was making a repair in a bathroom and kept feeling like someone was watching him from behind,” says Steve Ferguson, owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. “He finally got up to look and found an opossum on the top shelf of a closet looking down on him — this was quite a filthy house!” You don’t say…
3) “We pulled dentures out of the toilet.”
“We once had a customer with a toilet stoppage,” explains Ferguson. “When we looked into the pipes to find the source, we ended up pulling out upper and lower dentures from the toilet! The customer exclaimed, ‘Oh that’s where they went!’ Turns out that he had a little too much to drink the night before, and he had gotten sick.”. We’ve all been there…
4) “There were tree roots staring up at us.”
“One of our clients called us for a routine check-up on his toilet, since it was leaning to the side and shaking when he sat on it,” says Steve Lefebvre, owner of Handyman Connection of Charleston. “Upon entering the home, our team had to remove the entire toilet. We were shocked to discover there were tree roots from the ground staring up at us.”.
5) “It was shooting water out like a geyser.”
“This lady called me in a panic, because her house was flooding in the basement,” says Derek H. Holmes, a Plumbing Manager at Reliance Home Comfort. “When I got there I saw that the main water shut off valves was broken and it was shooting water out like a geyser! I had to call the City of Winnipeg to get them to come out on an emergency to shut off the main water line to her home.”
6) “She tried to flush an entire turkey carcass.”
“The day after Thanksgiving is called ‘Brown Friday’ by most plumbers,” explains Marshall Adams of Adams & Sons Plumbing. “This might sound crass, but more people at one house means people flush the toilets more often. One year, we got a call from an older woman, because she had a clogged toilet. When we got out there, we saw she had somehow tried to flush an entire turkey carcass down her toilet! Why? She didn’t have a garbage disposal.”
7) “We pulled a dead raccoon from the drain.”
“One time we had an upstairs toilet clog, which we ended up clearing by going through the pipes from the roof,” says Ferguson. “To our surprise, we pulled back a dead raccoon from the drain through a 4-inch plumbing vent stack.”. Lovely…
8) “We found the tenant holding his hand over the water pipe.”
“We got an emergency call around 2 a.m. from an apartment owner that had a faucet break that then led to water flooding everywhere,” says Ferguson. “When we arrived, we found the tenant holding his hand over the water pipe of the wall mounted sink faucet, directing the flow into the sink. He had been doing that for about two hours to keep from flooding the apartment!”
9) “She tried to stuff down a 10-pound bag!”
“We once had a toilet stoppage that we cleared by shoveling and vacuuming out wheat that the customer had dumped into the toilet,” says Ferguson. “She tried to stuff down a 10-pound bag! Other items we have found in customers plumbing include: a soup bone, eye glasses, hypodermic needles, a half cut rat and condoms.”
10) “It resulted in fecal matter in their water.”
“The family had noticed their water was coming out brown, because it turns out the previous homeowner had improperly installed the water softer drain directly to the main drain,” explains a plumber from Reliance Home Comfort. “When a back-up occurred in the main drain, all that waste material was coming back up through the water softener and contaminating the water supply, resulting in fecal matter in their water.”