Plumbers share interesting on-the-job moments

Plumbers share interesting on-the-job moments

Plumber undresses toilet

MILWAUKEE - "When our guys were cleaning a clogged toilet, they brought back clothes on their snakes," says Susan Laubenheimer, business manager of Borth-Wilson Plumbing and Remodeling.

"They questioned the homeowner about it, who confessed that she and her boyfriend had been in an argument. She stomped out of the house, and he attempted to flush her clothes down the toilet."

Feline floss found

PITTSBURGH - "I had a call from a young couple whose toilet was clogged, and I was having a heck of a time pulling out the culprit," says Charlie Henderson, owner of Charlie Henderson Plumbing.

"When I got to it, I found hundreds of really long pieces of floss. The couple explained that every time their cats eat, they floss their pets' teeth and flush the floss down the toilet. They couldn't stop laughing about it."

Stuck skunk stinks up plumber's work

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - "A homeowner was complaining about backed-up toilets and foul odors coming up the vents, so Mike Denico, the owner, inspected the mainline stoppage," says Bonnie Denico, office manager at The Plumbing Therapist.

"Using an old piece of copper, he tried to move the object blocking the two-way cleanout. In doing so, he popped some type of odor bag - a [dead] skunk - which sprayed him in the mouth, face and hands. Mike continued working and pulled out the skunk piece by piece."

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I was sent on a service call to unplug a sewer. As i pulled the snake out, it was all clumped with roots and a half dozen used condoms... I showed the homeowner and suggested to not flush condoms down the toilet. He gave me a puzzled looked and said i dont use condoms... i must add it was only him and his wife living in the house. I think the wife some explaining to do!

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