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Mmkay, I Have A New Respect For My Sewage System After Studying All Of These Yucky Issues Plumbers Have Taken Out Of Pipes

Mmkay, I Have A New Respect For My Sewage System After Studying All Of These Yucky Issues Plumbers Have Taken Out Of Pipes

“Had I not stopped this man leaping in, he would have been the subsequent blockage by drowning in sewage.”

So, I discovered a Quora thread that asked plumbers for the strangest things they’ve pulled out of clogged pipes, and the solutions will elicit the identical response from you that the pimple-popping movies do, which is a mixture of amazement and gentle horror. If this does not make you suppose twice earlier than flushing or placing one thing down your rubbish disposal, I do not know what is going to.



“A complete hen. It’d gone rancid, and the genius thought it could flush no downside. He took the legs off not less than, managed to get it by the porcelain rest room with out breaking it, however cracked the boot (becoming beneath), which was plastic. After all, this wasn’t observed till he tried to do a quantity 2. The poor particular person downstairs had nasty rancid hen and poo water raining down into her condo.”

A whole chicken
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“Two very previous girls who shared a second-floor condo in a home referred to as my dad, who had been advisable to them, as a result of their rest room was plugged. It turned out when dad received there that the bathroom had been plugged for a number of days, and never anyplace close to the bathroom. Dad investigated within the cellar and located that the connection to the home’s predominant sewer line was blocked. He defined to the women that he must take the sewer aside to unclog it, and that they have to promise to not use the bathroom till he informed them it was mounted, and it could be somewhat over an hour. So he takes the sewer aside and clears the blockage. In the meantime, upstairs one of many girls forgot what dad had requested and left a big ‘deposit’ in the bathroom, which she flushed…straight down and immediately into my dad’s face as he was beginning to reconnect the sewer pipes.”



“[I] was to unclog a bathroom. … The device of alternative was the closet auger, and I instantly extracted a Barbie doll which, mixed with my identify Ken, obtained laughter and even applause from the owners.”

A cartoon doll

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“I went to snake a clogged sewer. The husband was on trip. The spouse stood by as I snaked the drain. She had been away for 2 months caring for her sick mom. I pulled out moist wipes with condoms blocking the sewer. She was horrified since her husband didn’t use condoms since she was on contraception. I’m assuming a giant struggle ensued after he arrived house having to clarify how condoms received within the sewer whereas she was away.”



“The weirdest factor I’ve personally retrieved from a drain was a pair of males’s Hanes underwear. I believe somebody had an accident and flushed them, inflicting a serious back-up at a resort lodge.”

Men's underwear

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“I used to be 4 or 5 years previous once I found the bathroom. Little issues went down simply. A tissue, a key. I attempted a plastic pear that was in a fruit set that my mom saved on the desk. Nicely, it went down by the outlet, however that was it. I saved flushing the bathroom till it seemed a bit like Niagara Falls. So I did what any little child would do — run off and conceal in mattress. Our one rest room was rendered ineffective, and my father needed to take the time off to repair it. He took your entire factor aside, and inspected the sewer and located the poor misshaped plastic pear. There was little doubt I used to be the perpetrator, and my dad gave me a stern lecture about enjoying with the bathroom.”

A pear

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“I used to be working in a seaside laundromat the place a dozen business washers have been dumped right into a trough between the 2 rows of washers, then emptied right into a pit which was almost stuffed with sand. So I started to dig out the sand and observed one thing shiny. The underside of the pit, which measured about two toes by two toes, was lined by 4 or 5 inches of free change, a few of which was fairly previous. One in every of my extra nice finds.”

A row of washing machines

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“I used to be a Machinist Mate on a submarine, and a part of my job description was serving to to are likely to our fluid methods. One in every of these methods was our Auxiliary Seawater system. We used it to supply cooling water for quite a few methods within the engineering areas. To maintain junk within the seawater from clogging the warmth exchanger tubes, there was a strainer within the ASW strains. So we observed that temps have been beginning to go up, and differential strain on the strainers was rising, suggesting they may be clogged, and scheduled a cleansing. It was assigned to me. And, once I opened up the strainer to wash the 2 strainer baskets, I discovered about 30 kilos of clams, mussels, and even a number of small crabs. Actually, there was a lot seafood within the strainers that they have been caught at first and took a while earlier than they may very well be labored free.”

A basket of crabs

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“I’m not a plumber, however our drain to the road backed up a few yr in the past. I figured it was tree roots doing this and tried to snake it myself. I screwed that up, so I referred to as within the professionals. Plumber got here out, snaked the road, received one thing, and informed me to go to my basement and run the water some time. Every thing appeared to be flowing the way in which it was alleged to, so I got here again out to the entrance of the home. The plumber was bringing his snake again up, and I requested, “Ya suppose ya received it?’ He simply nodded his head, and I requested what the obstruction was. He pointed on the floor, and there was considered one of my lengthy baseball socks, those that go up over your calf. I stared in disbelief. How the hell did considered one of my baseball socks get into the drainage pipe? I requested the plumber what he thought.


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“‘Solely means I see that getting all the way down to this spot is thru the bathroom.’ Somebody had flushed the sock down the bathroom. I referred to as my spouse to inform her. We have now two kids, however it could be means out of character for them to take a sock and flush it down the bathroom. Now, I generally tend to sleepwalk, and my spouse has informed me some fairly humorous tales of issues I’ve executed and mentioned whereas sleepwalking. We got here to the conclusion that one evening after a softball sport, I got here house, fell asleep with my socks nonetheless on, awakened in some unspecified time in the future, walked into the lavatory, took off one sock, and flushed it! It’s actually the one logical rationalization.”

Matt Schoettle


“Years in the past, when my youngest granddaughter was 4, I used to be visiting. Mother put the child within the bathe and went again downstairs. After the child had been enjoying within the bathe for awhile, Mother went again upstairs to dry the child off and found a serious flood that had virtually reached the steps. I don’t know why the water wasn’t coming by the ceiling. So we received a snake and tried to unclog the drain. No pleasure. Mother then referred to as a plumber. The plumber ran a snake down the drain and got here up to a degree the place the snake wouldn’t go any additional. The plumber ran a digicam down the drain and located an obstruction. I don’t keep in mind how he was in a position to take away the obstruction, however he did. When he received the obstruction out, it turned out to be the plastic cap from a toilet merchandise.

Tubes and caps

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The child had managed to take away the bathe drain grate and dropped the cap down the drain. Gravity did the remaining. With out that digicam, it could have value a small fortune to get to the clog. Earlier than I left, I made certain that the drain grate was correctly screwed in.”

Robert Jackson


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“Years in the past, we had a nasty clog within the dual-side kitchen sink. No youngsters or another cause for the issue though there was a rubbish disposal related to at least one aspect, however water wouldn’t go down both. I unscrewed the U entice and located that it was considerably caught in place. The pipe was stuffed with spaghetti! It appears the spouse put some extra cooked spaghetti down the disposal. Neither considered one of us realized that floor up cooked spaghetti would kind such a blockage. After all now, no various stray strands make it down the drain.”

spaghetti in a bowl

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“After having my drain cable struggle for an hour to clear a drain, it broke off, leaving some 20 toes of cable misplaced and caught within the drain pipe. Then, I took half a day utilizing a retriever head making an attempt to get again my misplaced (costly) drain cable, in a tug of battle contest with the unknown. Lastly received it free, bringing again my 20 toes of cable, and hooked up to the tip of it was one other 50 foot of cable that one other plumber misplaced, telling nobody he left the damaged cable contained in the drain pipe, for a endlessly downside.”

A man putting a wire into the wall

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“My husband was a plumber who specialised in new development and took pleasure within the high quality of his work, so when a buyer who had solely simply moved in reported that his drain was plugged, he was very involved. Relatively than simply snake it, he needed to know what the issue was. He decided the placement and minimize the pipe open. It was stuffed with sheetrock mud! The sheetrocker had merely dumped his extra mud down the bathe drain and had no water to flush it down because the water had not been connected but, so it cured into a complete plug proper there below the bathe drain.”

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A man spackling

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Lastly, “Years in the past, I moved into a brand new construct home. A few weeks after we moved in, sewage began popping out of the manhole on our terrace. Since we had simply moved in, I felt it was not my job to rod a brand new drainage system and received the development agency to come back spherical to the job. A employee lifted the manhole and tried rodding. No pleasure. On to the subsequent manhole. Lifting that, he found a dry manhole apparently full of concrete. He was about to leap down on it till I ended him and used one of many drain rods to prod the ‘concrete.’ It went straight by. It was a polythene sheet put in to catch particles whereas the manhole was being constructed and lined with a skinny movie of cement and dust. Beneath was eight toes of sewage. Had I not stopped this man leaping in, he would have been the subsequent blockage by drowning in sewage.

An opened manhole

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“The eventual blockage was discovered the place the road met the primary sewer one other two manholes additional. Every of those had not been sheeted whereas being constructed, and amassed cement droppings have been the blockage.”

John Chapman

OK, I kinda wanna learn extra. Received any wild plumbing horror tales? Inform me within the feedback beneath!

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