Plumbing is one of those things that is easy to take for granted. We normally don't notice how much of a role it plays in our daily life until it stops working.

The fact that we can simply walk up to a faucet and wash our face under warm water every time we turn the handle is all thanks to plumbers.

So let's scroll through the subreddit r/Plumbing and check out what they go through on the job to make it happen.

After all, the modern lifestyle we currently enjoy would be impossible without the knowledge and skills these professionals possess.

#1

Maybe This Is Super Basic For A Plumber, But As An Electrician, This Type Of Work Is Very Satisfying To See. Haven't Seen A Single Piece Of Sloppy Work From The Plumbers On This Job. Very Impressive Stuff

Maybe This Is Super Basic For A Plumber, But As An Electrician, This Type Of Work Is Very Satisfying To See. Haven't Seen A Single Piece Of Sloppy Work From The Plumbers On This Job. Very Impressive Stuff

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#2

Just An Update For Anyone Who Cares. This Is The Little Dude I Pulled From The Flooded Crawlspace Yesterday. He’s Being Bottle Fed And Making A Recovery. He Seems Healthy And Happy

Just An Update For Anyone Who Cares. This Is The Little Dude I Pulled From The Flooded Crawlspace Yesterday. He’s Being Bottle Fed And Making A Recovery. He Seems Healthy And Happy

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A few years back, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared plumbers to be one of the most important frontline health workers in the world.

With their knowledge and expertise, plumbers design systems that give us access to clean water sources. That clean water can be used for everything from practicing proper hygiene to sanitizing operating rooms.

Sustainable health is not possible without clean water.

#3

Vintage Bathtub From Newport, Ri Mansion Has Four Water Sources: Hot And Cold Salt Water And Hot And Cold Fresh Water

Vintage Bathtub From Newport, Ri Mansion Has Four Water Sources: Hot And Cold Salt Water And Hot And Cold Fresh Water

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#4

I Was Told I Have The Oldest Water Heater They Have Seen By Several Plumbers, What Do You Think?

I Was Told I Have The Oldest Water Heater They Have Seen By Several Plumbers, What Do You Think?

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#5

Nasty Leak Under The Sink, Please Help

Nasty Leak Under The Sink, Please Help

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"Fresh water is in finite supply on Earth and as the key to life is, without question, our planet’s most precious natural resource," the WHO said in a statement.

"The plumbing industry recognizes the tenuous balance mankind must maintain to guarantee its very existence and embraces efforts to ensure we are preserving every drop possible.

#6

Had Some Help With A Toilet Flange Today

Had Some Help With A Toilet Flange Today

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#7

Apparently I’m A Weirdo Because I Keep My Truck Clean And Organized

Apparently I’m A Weirdo Because I Keep My Truck Clean And Organized

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#8

Wanna Guess Where The Possible Collapsed Sewer Line Is?

Wanna Guess Where The Possible Collapsed Sewer Line Is?

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In the near future, plumbers are going to be as important as ever. "If we do not alter our historical approaches to water supply expansion, we will only be able to provide a fraction of the world’s water demand in the next few decades," the WHO continued.

"By 2050, the world population is estimated to increase by 3 billion people, with 100 percent of this growth expected to be concentrated in urban areas. Within 20 years, the projected demand for water will increase between 40 and 50 percent. Although it was universally agreed that the water challenges ahead of us are daunting, the good news is it is not insurmountable."

#10

Hats Off To This Plumbing Superstar! Radiant Floor Recirc With Tekmar Controls

Hats Off To This Plumbing Superstar! Radiant Floor Recirc With Tekmar Controls

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#11

Halloween Plumbing Done Right!!

Halloween Plumbing Done Right!!

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#12

I Love Coming Across Old Gaudy Fixtures

I Love Coming Across Old Gaudy Fixtures

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#13

My View From The “Office” Today

My View From The “Office” Today

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But plumbing isn't only for the collection, transportation, and dispersal of clean water. It is also used to remove liquids and waste.

Plumbers ensure that waste disposal runs in an efficient and safe manner. This makes it possible to separate your clean water from harmful contaminants.

When plumbing is done poorly, it could allow for those contaminants to leak into undesirable areas, posing a danger to anyone nearby.  

#14

An Aquarium Room I Piped. 31 Tanks With Individual Air, Water Recirc, Overflow And Drain

An Aquarium Room I Piped. 31 Tanks With Individual Air, Water Recirc, Overflow And Drain

service_plumber Report

#15

The 1980s Called

The 1980s Called

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#16

Found This Gem At A Rural Gas Station!

Found This Gem At A Rural Gas Station!

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#17

Tip: If You're Gonna Flush Cat Litter Down Your Toilet...maybe Don't

Tip: If You're Gonna Flush Cat Litter Down Your Toilet...maybe Don't

IERNA_Air Report

Currently there are around 480,600 plumbers in the United States, but this number is expected to grow.

CareerExplorer rates plumbers with a B employability rating, meaning this career should provide good opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, the US might need 81,900 plumbers. That number is based on 75,200 additional plumbers, and the retirement of 6,700 existing professionals.

So we should get even more content from r/Plumbing!

#18

Just Saw This In Corvallis, Or

Just Saw This In Corvallis, Or

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#19

While You're Here ..... Can You See Why My Dryer Isn't Drying

While You're Here ..... Can You See Why My Dryer Isn't Drying

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lizzie lixx
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is why I always check the lint trap at my in-laws when we visit. They forget.

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#20

Explaining To The Homeowner That Self Leveling Concrete Cannot Be Put Down The Floor Drain

Explaining To The Homeowner That Self Leveling Concrete Cannot Be Put Down The Floor Drain

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#21

Gas Company Said There Was No Way Possible That They Could Have Broken My Sewer Pipe Installing The Gas Line. So I Did A Little Digging…

Gas Company Said There Was No Way Possible That They Could Have Broken My Sewer Pipe Installing The Gas Line. So I Did A Little Digging…

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#22

I Was Told To Post This Here. That’s Me In The Picture About To Get After It

I Was Told To Post This Here. That’s Me In The Picture About To Get After It

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Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That looks like a big line...Possibly not necessarily a water line...

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#23

I Had A Touch Faucet That Was Missing The Battery Case And Solenoid Straight Out Of The Box. The Supply House Wanted A Picture To Prove It, I Sent Them This

I Had A Touch Faucet That Was Missing The Battery Case And Solenoid Straight Out Of The Box. The Supply House Wanted A Picture To Prove It, I Sent Them This

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Chich
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At the opposit end, I requested a replacement washer (not common one) from the manufacturer and recieved a complete sink drain.

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#24

Not A Plumber But Saw This While I Was Working On The Hvac Today

Not A Plumber But Saw This While I Was Working On The Hvac Today

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#25

I’m A Fancy Pants Plumber Today

I’m A Fancy Pants Plumber Today

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#26

Thought You All Might Like To See This

Thought You All Might Like To See This

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#27

Plumber Birthday Cake

Plumber Birthday Cake

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Keller Worthen
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Took me a bit to realize... that's a fire... ON A GAS LINE

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#28

So I Found This In The Wall Working On A Repair Today…

So I Found This In The Wall Working On A Repair Today…

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Nitka Tsar
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My first thought was very big Goa'uld, but their heads look different. My next thought was those things Loki summoned in the first Avengers movie, but they are too big. I'm guessing it's some kind of dog missing it's limbs

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#29

What Idiot Thought This Was Good… Me I’m That Idiot

What Idiot Thought This Was Good… Me I’m That Idiot

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Patrick Heining
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No expert here, but... I don't think the ladder is the main problem. Why does the pipe cut through the room at knee height, first of all??

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#30

Customer Couldn’t Get Toilet To Stop Running So She Smashed It With A Hammer…not The Approach I Would Have Taken

Customer Couldn’t Get Toilet To Stop Running So She Smashed It With A Hammer…not The Approach I Would Have Taken

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#31

Environmentally Friendly Install

Environmentally Friendly Install

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#32

I Work At A University And This Is A Constant Problem Old Buildings Old Pipes. My Manager Won't Let Me Throw Them Away So I Write This Every Time I Come Across Them

I Work At A University And This Is A Constant Problem Old Buildings Old Pipes. My Manager Won't Let Me Throw Them Away So I Write This Every Time I Come Across Them

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Collin Lyle
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never flush anything, except toilet paper. Make sure your toilet paper breaks down in water; that's what it's supposed to do. Every decade or so a tp manufacturer comes out with a product that "won't fall apart when wet!" Do not use it. Do not flush it. Return it to the manufacturer. Or, you will be paying a plumber to snake it out for you. (Extra story: I couldn't flush t a m p o n s in my toilet because there was a big sag in the s e w e r line. $$$)

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#33

Local High School Backed Up. Removed From Manhole

Local High School Backed Up. Removed From Manhole

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#36

Customer Asked If I Could Remove Their “Bidet”

Customer Asked If I Could Remove Their “Bidet”

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David Brown
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This just grosses me out. The handle most definitely always has pee pee on it.

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#37

DIY Shower Kit Installation Turned Out Great!

DIY Shower Kit Installation Turned Out Great!

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, at least they used white silicone.... I don't know what else to say about this..

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#38

I Found This Gem Today

I Found This Gem Today

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Seth
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Last think you want is a skylight shaft in a bathing room. Hot steam from the shower will rise up into the shaft (since it's the highest point) then with nowhere to go will condense all over it and promote mildew growth.

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#39

Got Tired Of The Girlfriend Hogging All The Water In The Shower. It’s A Rental So I Didn’t Want To Open Any Walls

Got Tired Of The Girlfriend Hogging All The Water In The Shower. It’s A Rental So I Didn’t Want To Open Any Walls

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#40

Rough In Game Strong

Rough In Game Strong

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