Plumbing can be an exciting profession, one filled with encounters and situations that many people would find unbelievable. Since plumbers interact with the general public on a near-daily basis, some of the stories they encounter can be downright hilarious. These are just a few stories we’ve heard that are almost too crazy to believe.
So, here is a funny story that includes a plumber, a squirrel and a clogged toilet, brought to you by HP Mechanical, a company that never gets squirrelly when it comes to quality, and that’s why our customer are nuts about us!
Most of the time, when a plumber gets called to a home for a toilet-related issue, it’s because of a blockage the owner can solve themselves. These issues are usually pretty easy to solve with the right tools and can be finished in just a few minutes. And whatever the mystery object was that caused the blockage is removed or put far enough down the system that it leaves the house entirely. Sometimes, the mysterious blocking object requires special skills.
A plumber by the name of Daniel Rettig was once called for one such blockage, but the mysterious object wasn’t any of the usual suspects. It was, in fact, a squirrel. When Rettig arrived at the home, he was brought up to the toilet, only to discover a squirrel’s tail sticking out of the bowl. He tried to pull on the tail, but the squirrel, against all odds, was still alive! Knowing he needed to be careful, and quick, he removed the toilet from the home’s water supply in its entirety. This was the easiest step.
After disconnecting the water, Rettig found the water-logged squirrel poking its head out of the other end of the pipe. He took out his auger and, with some care and precision, he managed to get the head and two front paws of the poor squirrel out of the other end of the toilet. Grabbing the squirrel by the paws, Daniel pulled him out completely. The poor thing was in shock but still alive, so he took it outside and put it on a nearby tree. In the end, the toilet and the squirrel were saved.
For many years, HP Mechanical has proudly provided comfort to thousands of homes and light commercial businesses across the Santa Rosa/Windsor area and throughout Sonoma County. We are an honest, loyal company who takes pride in our work. We take care of our customers as if they were family. Referrals are where 90% of our business comes from, so the relationships we build along the way mean a lot to our small business. The one constant with everything involves working and helping people, by striving to provide the best service available at a reasonable cost. We take personal responsibility to make sure comfort and quality meets accountability & affordability, with exceptional customer service every time!
Our furnace refused to start on Tuesday morning; HP Mechanical was one of the companies that my wife and I had contacted through Yelp and Home Advisor. Rudy was the first to contact us (Tuesday night), and he scheduled an appointment for Thursday morning, arrived at 8:00 AM, and the repair was completed by 9:15 AM.
We will use HP Mechanical again in the future for any of our other HVAC needs.
Santa Rosa, CA