Structural inspectors aren't the only ones who can tell if you're living in a shitty home. Plumbers can do that too. Recently, a plumber who goes by the nickname Bfizzle shared just a fraction of all the weird stuff he has seen on the job (unfortunately, Verizon lost a bunch of photos when he changed phones), but it's clear that too many contractors simply don't care what they're building.

#1

Your Sewer Is Blocked

Your Sewer Is Blocked

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Human #1,232,867
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a masterpiece! Well done, nature.

Gregg V
Community Member
1 year ago

What a crappy world. At least this plant found some cool moist fertilizer to grow from.

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Ben Bishop
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like you've found the root of the problem

A. Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

gottah hope there's not a piranha plant on the other end. :P

Virgil Blue
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1 year ago

* Mario life lost tune plays *

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TheExtremeSmell
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1 year ago

No I just shit out giant roots it’s crazy

Nikki D
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahahaha

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Whatever plant that is, it's pretty focused

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, there's your problem.

Laur 24
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like mother nature tried to follow a 5 minute craft tutorial

Samara Luxford
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel a little itch looking at this!

Christina Sersif
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow just wow

alwaysMispelled
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, I've heard of this happening

Bacony
Community Member
1 year ago

Forget bricks, you're pooping sticks.

Scott Burden
Community Member
1 year ago

Landlord: The tenants are the cause.

Brielle
Community Member
1 year ago

Mother Nature ain’t got no time for your Tom foolery

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

oh no

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy crap, that's gonna cost some bucks.

Blair Doak
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not uncommon, I had to dig down 4 feet to get to our pipe that was filled with a willow tree root, the willow tree was not happy after that.

Ahmad Khairil Abdul Jabar
Community Member
1 year ago

Such a pain

Edward
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like bamboo

Anthony Jessie
Community Member
1 year ago

Getting to the "root" of the problem

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

This happened to all of my sprinklers on my first house :-/

Anna Salord
Community Member
1 year ago

This actually happend on my childhood home! We had to remove a whole giant plant because its roots were clogging aaaall the pipes!

L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

Just wow! Those plants were sure getting their nitrates....

Falcon
Community Member
1 year ago

Hmm, this doesn't look like a sewer pipe. More a communication one for cables, and due to my work I've seen a few of these. It's crazy how roots can crawl into these by finding even the tiniest gaps.

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a clay-tile sewer lateral running from a home to the branch line under the street. Branch line.... Huh.

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

How?!

kate h
Community Member
1 year ago

Tree roots find their way pretty easily. Old iron and clay pipes can crack = leaking water to the surrounding soil = tree roots finding a water source. Small earthquakes can also crack pipes, or even water moving through the soil can create enough pressure to crack pipes, just like these things can crack or move a house foundation. There are products that will stop future root growth after the roots are cleared if the pipe isn't cracked badly. If the crack/degradation is bad enough, you either get the pipes replaced or install PVC pipe over them.

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Nathalie Langevin
Community Member
1 year ago

Really?

Bean53
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! but it's not uncommon for roots to damage plumbing

Elizabeth
Community Member
1 year ago

This is probably a lot more common than anyone realizes. Love those trees but how do we convince them to stay out of the pipes?

Katie Gullickson
Community Member
1 year ago

We had a good growing up out of the toilet in our basement bathroom.

Jose Gracia-Medrano
Community Member
1 year ago

That was the sewer in our 3rd bathroom.

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Show off

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Cindy Collins
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1 year ago

Wow!

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"I'm 27 and live in the greater Seattle area. Been a plumber for 2 years and an apprentice 3 years before that," Bfizzle told Bored Panda. "I'd say one of the most common reasons I get called is because a house has cheap plumbing. For example, if you buy a $50 toilet, you're going to have issues with it in the near future."

Even a leaky faucet can become a big deal. For example, if it drips just once per second, it still can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year.

#2

Candles Left On The Toilet Tank

Candles Left On The Toilet Tank

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Why exactly are people burning candles in the toilet in the first place? For some mood lighting when you're shitting?

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"Another big thing is that home builders don't ever think ahead, I had to replace a shower valve yesterday and there was a fireplace behind it so the only way to access it was to smash the tile inside the shower," the plumber explained.

#3

In A Chinese Restaurant

In A Chinese Restaurant

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M.J.
Community Member
1 year ago

Just eeeew

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According to the professional, the easiest way to make sure your plumbing is in good condition is to make sure it's up to code. "The plumbing code exists for a reason, and just because an inspector passed off on it doesn't mean it is. Inspectors don't go in your crawl space and aren't really even tested on their code knowledge. A certified plumber will know."

#4

Reach For It

Reach For It

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Jenica Thomas
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1 year ago

Hotel logic *sigh*

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#5

I Guess It Works

I Guess It Works

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European other
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1 year ago

Just a modern addition

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#6

What Did You Eat Sir?

What Did You Eat Sir?

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Francis
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1 year ago

:-O that poor animal!

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#7

Neat Tub Shower

Neat Tub Shower

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

It's like when Super Mario finds a bonus stage filled with coins. ♥

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#8

Also Found Digging

Also Found Digging

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Jon S.
Community Member
1 year ago

This one is much more interesting than a bottle!

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#9

Don't Like The Leak? Put A Cork In It

Don't Like The Leak? Put A Cork In It

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Human #1,232,867
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait for it... 3,2,1...

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#10

The Day After Taco Bell

The Day After Taco Bell

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Francis
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1 year ago

oh shit...

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#11

Homeowner Did A Remodel, Needed To Downsize The Shower

Homeowner Did A Remodel, Needed To Downsize The Shower

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Cindy Snow
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1 year ago

My shower is almost that small😟

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#12

A Repurposed Toilet

A Repurposed Toilet

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Martti Laurson
Community Member
1 year ago

Why was plumber called?

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#13

Why Does My House Smell Like S**t?

Why Does My House Smell Like S**t?

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M O'Connell
Community Member
1 year ago

It was leaking long before that pipe collapsed. It had to have been for the bottom of the supporting strap to rust out.

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#14

Homeowner Fixed His Own Leak

Homeowner Fixed His Own Leak

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Donna Reynolds
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1 year ago

Gauze. Stat!

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#15

This Is Why Your Faucets Have Low Flow

This Is Why Your Faucets Have Low Flow

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Aski Markup
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Wtf is that!?

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#16

Yet Another Handyman Special

Yet Another Handyman Special

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Uwe Theiss
Community Member
1 year ago

The edges are perfect to collect funny stuff!

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#17

Big Apprentice, Small Crawl Space

Big Apprentice, Small Crawl Space

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European other
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1 year ago

He's not big

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#18

That's Not How Grounding Works

That's Not How Grounding Works

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Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

# panic mode ON #

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#19

Another Repurposed Toilet

Another Repurposed Toilet

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Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

Ewwww

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#20

The Handyman Special

The Handyman Special

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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks waterproof

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#21

Don't Flush Tampons

Don't Flush Tampons

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Jon S.
Community Member
1 year ago

I was once digging a trench when the JCB clipped a sewage pipe. What flowed out can only be described as a tidal wave of tampons. They had all been bunging up this one pipe section for what must have been years. I did not finish digging that particular hole.

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#22

How Not To Stop A Leak

How Not To Stop A Leak

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Kathleen Cochran
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok? What is that?

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#23

No Words

No Words

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Ahahahaha! I like the quote, though. If you have poop related health problems especially.

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#24

This Is Why Your Kitchen Drain Backs Up

This Is Why Your Kitchen Drain Backs Up

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kate h
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Prevention tips: 1. Don't use a garbage disposal. They don't work well and people put stupid things in them. Especially vegetable peelings and grease. Wipe your plates/pots/pans out into the garbage. 2. Clean your kitchen drain/pipes with baking soda/vinegar once a month. Instructions can be found on the web. 3. After cleaning with baking soda/vinegar, dump boiling water down the drain, then tap water for a few minutes. Next, dilute half a cup of bleach into a gallon of tap water and dump that down. Your sink will not back up again. Source: 12 years using this method.

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#25

An Old Water Heater

An Old Water Heater

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Human #1,232,867
Community Member
1 year ago

just need bit of paint...

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#26

That's Not How Venting Works

That's Not How Venting Works

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

Curly

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#27

Hose Bib Leaking? Slap Another Valve On!

Hose Bib Leaking? Slap Another Valve On!

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

I’ll allow it

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#28

How Not To Stop A Leak

How Not To Stop A Leak

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M Dream
Community Member
1 year ago

you have to do sth until plumber comes!

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#29

Found Underground

Found Underground

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Uh... I only see a bottle. Someone care to explain?

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#30

That's One Way To Replace A Water Heater

That's One Way To Replace A Water Heater

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Rench
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't blame him for leaving it. Those things are really heavy when they're filled with sediment.

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