These Plumbing Fails Will Help You Feel Better About Your Own Bathroom

Sure, hiring plumbers can get expensive. But plumbers are called “professionals” for a good reason. When people try to fix plumbing solutions themselves, they can create an unsightly, impractical, and hilarious result. And then they end up on an internet list about plumbing fails.

Nowadays, people seem to DIY everything from broken showerheads to sink handles to hand sanitizer dispensers. After you see these plumbing fails, you’ll feel a lot better about your own home and bathroom.

Perfect

A sink faucet launches water into a shower.
Imgur/Lejins
Imgur/Lejins

Don’t ask us how this happened, because we have no idea. For some reason, a plumber placed the faucet in the upper left corner of the sink. And the water somehow has enough power to launch into the shower.

At least the water doesn’t splash onto the floor, but the shower drain doesn’t make this situation better. Did nobody regulate the water pressure? Who designed this bathroom? And how will anyone be able to wash their hands?

Definitely DIY

A broken faucet is fixed with a can duct-taped to a shower head.
Twitter/@complheat
Twitter/@complheat

When the plumber can’t come for another couple of weeks, people need to improve. And while this DIY may seem ugly, it’s pretty creative. It’s a soda can duct-taped to a showerhead and head up with a rubber band.

Guests may raise an eyebrow if they see a shower head like this one. But it technically works as long as it doesn’t fall apart. Still, they’ll need a professional faucet replacement if they want a good shower.

A Recipe For Disaster

A bathtub faucet is right next to an electrical outlet.
Imgur/Xenocrisis0153
Imgur/Xenocrisis0153

Who decided to place an electrical outlet inside of a bathtub? That seems like a massive oversight. To whoever owns this home: congratulations, you can never use your bath or shower again.

On top of that, look at the floor. It seems like a shower tile, not a bathtub. So why is a bathtub faucet inside of a shower? This entire photo is a disaster. It seems to defy reality with its terrible logic and design.

How To Get Hot Water

A candle is hooked up to a faucet to
Reddit/u/Xplic1T
Reddit/u/Xplic1T

Fun fact: the ancients used to heat their water by placing a candle to the pipes. We’re joking; that’s not true. But this DIY plumber seems to think that it is. To clarify, a candle isn’t hot enough to warm the water through a thick pipe.

While the engineering holding up the candle is clever, the entire design is not. If you need an example of a useless life hack, open this photo. Just get a new water heater!

Well, It Technically Works

The handle of a faucet is replaced with a key.
Twitter/@Multikwik
Twitter/@Multikwik

If you have a key and a broken faucet, the answer seems obvious. At least, it did for this DIY plumber. Sure, a key may not be the most comfortable handle, but it technically works as a last-minute resort.

This plumber receives points for their creativity, even if the key handle is a recipe for rust. On the flip-side, it could be a design choice. The homeowners are aiming for the “I ran out of supplies and had to improvise” aesthetic.

When You Can’t Figure Out The Hand Sanitizer Dispenser

A person duct-tapes a bottle of hand sanitizer over a hand sanitizer dispenser.
Pinterest/Funny and Stupid
Pinterest/Funny and Stupid

The hand sanitizer dispenser is out, but you can’t figure out how to open it. So what’s the solution? Duct tape a new bottle of hand sanitizer on top, obviously. Technically, it will still dispense hand sanitizer.

The duct tape solution isn’t as sanitary as the dispenser since people will have to touch the bottle to clean their hands. And honestly, it’s not too hard to fill a hand sanitizer if you have the key. Apparently, they didn’t have the key.

?????

Half of a toilet sticks out of the wall.
Twitter/@PlumbingMiracle
Twitter/@PlumbingMiracle

This has to be a joke. Please tell us that this is a photoshop edit or an unusual art project. Please save us from this toilet misery. No one would be crazy enough to do this, right? Life is suffering.

“Plumbing fail” doesn’t begin to describe the half-toilet sticking out of a wall. Who would waste their time making this toilet? Why would a restroom be that small? Just get a smaller toilet. Save us from this suffering.

Grab Your Toilet Paper In The Tub

The toilet paper hands in the shower, not near the toilet.
Imgur/Matmo
Imgur/Matmo

Yet another thing that seems like common sense: the toilet paper should be within reach of the toilet. But instead of taking the obvious route, this restroom designer put the toilet paper in the soap dish of the shower.

What’s better than wet toilet paper? And who needs a loofah when you have an entire roll of toilet paper in your shower? If you place the loofah near the toilet, you can have the best of both worlds.

Toilet Or Art Piece?

A toilet is made with a tuba for some reason.
Pinterest/Margaret Douglas
Pinterest/Margaret Douglas

When someone builds a music-themed home, they could feel stumped on how to decorate the restroom. The solution? A tuba toilet, of course. It may not seem functional, but it looks fancy. Imagine the echoes…

Believe it or not, this isn’t the only toilet that is shaped like an instrument. Other photos reveal urinals in the shape of trombones. While it doesn’t look like a comfortable seat, it sure is memorable, for better or for worse.

Don’t Squeeze The Handles

Two clamps replace handles on the sink.
Pinterest/Funny and Stupid
Pinterest/Funny and Stupid

On this episode of “DIY Solutions That Technically Work,” we see two cutters operating as sink handles. Sure, they work as a temporary solution, but they don’t replace real handles. If you squeeze the handles too hard, they’ll pop off.

Although these handles look like a funny “fail,” they are creative. Still, this person needs to fix their sink professionally. They’re at risk of rusting two perfectly good cutters, and their sink just looks unsightly.

The Mysterious Disappearing Pipe

A shower pipe goes through the wall before appearing again.
Pinterest/Orderaplumber.com
Pinterest/Orderaplumber.com

Someone didn’t measure the height of the ceiling before installing this shower. Imagine feeling excited about a brand new shower, before looking up at the ceiling and thinking, “what happened there?”

On the bright side, the holes that allow the pipes through the ceiling are clean enough not to let any water in. As a downside, the homeowners will have to explain this weird design choice to any guest who takes a shower. It’s definitely not pretty!

Close Enough

A faucet pours water onto the edge of the sink bowl.
Twitter/@AWKinstallers
Twitter/@AKWinstallers

Nothing’s worse than a sink that spills water everywhere. But what about a faucet that pours water right onto the rim of the sink? That seems like a minor oversight for a functional bathroom sink.

You’d think that the installer would have tested the distance to ensure that the water lands in the sink bowl. But hey, everyone makes mistakes. In the plumbing world, one mistake could flood your entire restroom. Feel grateful for your functional sinks!

Lovecraftian Plumbing

The white pipes of pool plumbing are tangled in an indistinguishable mass.
Twitter/@WolseleyUK
Twitter/@WolseleyUK

“Hey Bob, can you patch the pipe?” “Sure,” Bob says before he comes across this Lovecraftian horror in the back of the house. If you can’t tell, this is supposed to be pool plumbing, but it looks more like a bird’s nest.

No one knows what possessed these plumbers to add pipe after pipe after pipe until the back of the house became an odd-looking Jenga set. Although you could replace these with fewer pipes, would you really want to untangle them?

It Took A Couple Of Tries

Six holes are punched into a wooden board, and a pipe goes through one of them.
Twitter/@ZeekPlumbing
Twitter/@ZeekPlumbing

For this plumber, sixth time’s the charm. He punched several holes before he could finally stick a pipe through. Take this as a lesson to never guess where you should carve a hole, or else you’ll end up on an internet list about plumbing fails.

Apparently, the plumber didn’t measure the distance to where the pipe would land. It works, to be fair, but it doesn’t look pretty. The mistakes will remain in that board for all eternity.

The Sink Doesn’t Fit

A sink falls through a hole in the counter that's too wide.
Twitter/@AkWinstallers
Twitter/@AkWinstallers

It seems like common sense: the hole in the counter should nearly fit the sink. But these plumbers failed to do even that. When the homeowners expect to see their sink successfully installed, they see this.

It’s possible that the hole was the right size, and the installer dropped the sink through it. But if that’s the case, why would he leave it there? Did he give up? There are so many unanswered questions and one broken sink.

Are The Curves Really Necessary?

An exhaust pipe curves outward before sloping down a wall.
Pinterest/Construction Pro Tips
Pinterest/Construction Pro Tips

If you’re wondering whether you should hire a professional, look at this image. These exhaust pipes curve like a rollercoaster just to slope down a wall. It takes up space, and anyone can tell that an amateur built it.

Although these pipes aren’t dangerous, they’re certainly unsightly. When in doubt, consult a professional. They could have pulled off with piping with a 90-degree angle, no piping or vinyl needed.

A Quick Shower Fix

A redditor replaced a broken curtain rod with a stick.
Reddit/u/OMG_SHUT_UP_KAREN
Reddit/u/OMG_SHUT_UP_KAREN

According to the user who posted this photo, their curtain rod broke, and they got a new one from the backyard. Is this a shower fail, or the new style at Restoration Hardware? In terms of fails, it’s actually very clever.

The wooden curtain rod may not be practical, and they will need to get a replacement eventually. Fortunately, you don’t need a plumber to replace a curtain rod, because the plumber would be puzzled to see this DIY.

Faucet Swap

A shower head is replaced with a sink faucet.
Pinterest/imgur
Pinterest/imgur

This plumbing fail comes with a story. According to the original poster, their shower head broke, so they asked their brother to fix it. The brother was a plumber who is perfectly capable of replacing a showerhead. But when the poster came home, they saw this.

Is this the best practical joke? Possibly. One could call this an abuse of plumber power. Perhaps, if he flipped the faucet upside-down, it would spray upwards and then fall down like a shower.

Wh… Where’s The Sink?

A sink faucet is installed with no bowl on the counter.
YouTube/Nate TV
YouTube/Nate TV

Hmm. This is a dilemma. You can install as many faucets as you want, but if there’s no drain, then no one will turn them on. And worse, this looks like a public restroom. All the water would cover the counter and litter the floor.

Is it too much to ask for an actual sink? Did the plumber who installed this faucet stop and think, “huh, maybe I should include a drain before applying running water”? No? Alright.

You Will Never Escape

A door is trapped behind a horizontal pole in an airport restroom.
Reddit/u/FiNdThEeDgE
Reddit/u/FiNdThEeDgE

According to Reddit, one of Atlanta’s airports doesn’t want some people to escape the restroom. These facilities have a trapped door behind a stander security pole. What lies behind this mysterious bathroom door is a mystery.

If you wanted to, you could uninstall the stander security pole to open the door. But why did a plumber install the pole in the first place? And who places an exit right next to a toilet? This airport has made some odd choices.

Rubber bands fix everything

A sink tap is covered with rubber bands.
Twitter/@totalplumbinguk
Twitter/@totalplumbinguk

A plumber arrived to fix a sink valve, and they saw this. The resident decided to wrap the entire tap with several rubber bands. If it works, it works. But this is why everyone should call a professional for plumbing struggles.

Is a sink tap worth tying around dozens of brightly-colored rubber bands? For some people, it’s easier to call a plumber. But this is far from the strangest DIY plumbing fix the internet has seen.

They Improvised

A tap is shoved into a pipe where a bolt would be.
Reddit/u/MyFairladyZ32
Reddit/u/MyFairladyZ32

This is one of those plumbing fails that makes people think, “technically, it works.” If you can’t tell, the drain on the pipe got removed. Instead of replacing the drain or rearranging the pipes, the plumber shoved a tap into the pipe.

Technically, the sink will still function that way. But it isn’t the most professional move on the planet. If this person hires a different plumber next time, they’ll have a taxing project ahead of them.

Repurposing A Pipe

A shower is connected with a rusty outdoor pipe.
Imgur
Imgur

If the pipe functions like it’s supposed to, who cares how it looks? This plumber replaced the sleek silver facet with a worn down, clunky, galvanized pipe. Meanwhile, the showerhead is a sleek modern white. The result is the Frankenstein of showers.

Since the makeshift pipes are too big, they’ll have to be replaced eventually. As with many other plumbing fails, this is an improvised DIY solution. But the homeowners still get their shower, fortunately.

Want To Shower With Some Pipes?

A man takes a photo of a shower with several visible pipes.
Pinterest/Construction Pro Tips
Pinterest/Construction Pro Tips

Why are there so many pipes in this shower? For the aesthetic? It looks more like a prison than a hip modern bathroom. The second the water gets hot, those pipes will heat up, so you won’t want to touch them when you’re in the shower.

It’s possible that these are grab bars, which helps people move and stand up in the shower. But most showers don’t need this many grab bars. For a home inspector, this would be a nightmare.

Duct Tape Can’t Solve Everything

Duct tape covers leaks and disrepair in the pipes.
Twitter/@2MikesPlumbing
Twitter/@2MikesPlumbing

Duct tape seems to solve everything, or so many DIYers think. While duct tape can cover leaky pipes for a time, they won’t last forever. Covering entire pipes with duct tape, like this photo shows, is a risky move.

Hopefully, the duct tape is meant to be a temporary fix. At some point, you need to call a professional or replace your pipes. Despite what these pictures suggest, you can’t reconstruct your entire plumbing out of duct tape!

Curly Straw Piping

The piping curves unnaturally to connect the handle and the urinal.
Reddit/u/dethmachine999
Reddit/u/dethmachine999

Have you ever seen this before? Probably not, because many plumbers know how to do this professionally. To be fair, this wouldn’t be an easy fix. You would have to remove some tiles and relocate the pipes, but it would be worth it.

This curly straw-shaped pipe is clearly a quick fix for a more significant problem. Technically, it works, but it’s an ugly DIY. At the very least, they could have cleaned up the flex before finishing the job.

The Worst Way To Cover A Toilet Tank

The top of a toilet is taped up with duct tape.
Imgur
Imgur

Imagine that the tank of your toilet either broke or got lost. Do you cover it with a trash bag until it gets fixed? Nope. Wrap it with duct tape as this DIY master did. While you’re at it, cover the cracks and breaks in the wall, too.

If the tank is falling off the wall, the tape may help, but not for long. Like many plumbing fails, this is a temporary fix. But that makes it no less funny.

A Sink Compromise

A faucet pours into a measuring cup which pours into a drain.
YouTube/disochicken
YouTube/disochicken

This is a DIY to improve an even worse plumbing situation. The faucet is too far back from the sink, and the water lands on the edge of the bowl rather than the drain. To correct it, someone placed a measuring cup in between the faucet and the sink.

Whoever installed the sink is at fault here, while the DIY person simply fixed the problem. Who constructs a sink that far away from the sink? Plus, this sink needs cleaning!

Pipe Play-Doh

A type of putty conceals leaks in pipes.
Twitter/@2MikesPlumbing
Twitter/@2MikesPlumbing

Pop quiz: is this epoxy, plumber’s putty, or Play-Doh? The answer is that it doesn’t matter because these people need to get their pipes fixed. Half of these pipes are practically constructed out of putty.

Although the owners did a good job sealing the pipes, this is a disaster waiting to happen. At some point, you have to just fix the leaks before the water floods out of most of your pipes. That’s what plumbers are for!

Who Wants To Untangle These Pipes?

White pipes are tangled in a mess against a wall.
Twitter/@_U_R_I_c
Twitter/@_U_R_I_c

While installing a couple of pipes for a machine is understandable, installing a dozen is overkill. More pipes equal more space that could potentially leak or burst. Who would want to weed through all these pipes to find one leak?

If you wanted to reinstall new pipes that don’t look like a spiderweb, you’d have to take apart every single pipe in this pile. Pray for the people who are cursed with this tangled mass of pipes.