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Real Plumbing Mishaps From Hiring the Wrong Plumber

Plumbing is responsible for ensuring that we have access to clean water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Additionally, it provides an efficient way of disposing of wastewater. However, plumbing problems can arise at any time, and it is always best to call in a professional plumber to address them. Unfortunately, some homeowners make the mistake of hiring the wrong plumber, which can lead to disastrous results. 

At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we’ve been called in to fix the work of amateur plumbers numerous times and wanted to go over some of the biggest mishaps we’ve seen over the years.

The Flooded Bathroom

One of the most common plumbing mishaps that occur due to hiring the wrong plumber is a flooded bathroom. One Maryland homeowner we helped had hired a plumber who claimed to be experienced in fixing leaky pipes. However, the plumber did not properly secure the pipe connections, causing water to leak into the bathroom. The homeowner was unaware of the leak and went to bed, only to wake up to a flooded bathroom in the morning. The water had seeped into the walls and caused significant damage to the property. This could have been avoided if the homeowner had hired a reputable plumber with a track record of quality work.

Sewage Backup from Hell

Another common plumbing mishap that can occur due to hiring the wrong plumber is a sewage backup. There was a homeowner once who had hired a plumber to fix a clogged drain in their bathroom. The plumber used a high-pressure water jet to clear the blockage but did not inspect the sewer line for any potential problems. A few weeks later, the homeowner noticed a foul odor coming from the basement. Upon inspection, they discovered that the sewage had backed up into the basement, causing significant damage to the property.

Leaky Pipes Replaced With More Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can lead to significant damage if left untreated. We worked with a customer once who had hired a plumber to fix a leaky pipe in their kitchen. The plumber claimed to have fixed the problem, but the homeowner noticed that the water pressure had dropped significantly after the repair. They later discovered that the plumber had used an inferior quality pipe, which had started leaking again within a few days. The homeowner had to call us in to fix the problem properly.

Improper Toilet Installation

Improper installation of plumbing fixtures can lead to significant problems down the road. A Maryland homeowner hired a plumber to install a new toilet in their bathroom. The plumber installed the toilet improperly, causing it to wobble and leak water onto the floor. Of course, they ended up having to call in a professional Maryland plumber to remedy the situation.

Need a Professional Plumber in Maryland?

Plumbing mishaps can occur due to hiring the wrong plumber. Homeowners should always take the time to research the plumber they are considering hiring and check their reviews and references. It is also important to ensure that the plumber is licensed and insured. This will protect the homeowner from any potential damage caused by the plumber’s work. At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we offer all manner of plumbing services and encourage you to reach out to us at (866-532-0130)


What Our Customers Say

"Great experience. Moved into a new home and experienced major plumbing issues (flooding) the morning after New Years. The plumber arrived that morning within the hour and relieved the issues, also provided some recommendations that benefited us in the long-run."

-Matt Lewis

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