Plumbing misadventures: A dirty jobs exclusive
In a recent online poll, Angie’s List asked service providers from around the nation what’s the funniest, most disgusting thing that’s happened on a bathroom-related job. We plumbed the depth of responses for the most memorable tales:
"Whenever one of the guys gets dye on his hands from the blue sanitizing packs during a toilet removal, it’s pretty darn funny. That’s the reason I call my new mechanics Smurfs."
--Plumbing and heating repairman John Santi
"I removed a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure from the same toilet three times in a month. When the client confronted his child about the toy, he said, 'Dad they live in the sewer. I didn’t put it there.' "
--Plumber Doug Biggerstaff
"While replacing a toilet, my tech couldn’t figure out why his shoulder was sticking to the walls when he leaned to the left or right to remove old bolts. He quickly discovered the walls hadn’t been cleaned in a VERY long time and he was sticking to a layer of urine."
--Handyman Tony Giammarinaro
"Removing a toilet for replacement, one of our guys found a stick poking up out of the drain. When he pulled on it, it came slithering right out. Yup, it was a snake. Our guy started screaming like a little girl."
--Handyman Sam Shorrosh
"The customer didn’t mention the leak, just that they needed a toilet. I proceeded to empty the tank [to install] a new toilet but when I flushed the toilet it squirted straight at me as if it was a water gun."
--Plumbing and heating expert Francis Gagliard