We recently helped a homeowner in Buford, GA that moved his family into a house that was built just over two years ago. His thought was that if he bought a new house he shouldn’t have to worry about the mechanical systems (HVAC/Plumbing) for many years. Unfortunately he ended up with several major plumbing issues recently that are a result of shotty plumbing work when the house was built.
Specifically the homeowners wife walked into a bedroom on their main level and the carpet was squishy. Upon further investigation it was obvious that the toilet had overflown with sewage and the tub had about 2-3 inches of sewage in it also.
They immediately called us at Drip Drop Plumbing to come out and resolve the plumbing issues.
We discovered a soft tissue blockage about 40 feet before the plumbing left the house. After clearing the blockage we started to look for the root cause of the blockage and determined that there was a section of the plumbing that was not pitched correctly and was slightly flowing backwards. This over time caused the eventual blockage.
While replacing the incorrectly pitched plumbing area, we also discovered that once the pipe left the house the main connection was loose. This was because of the crazy angle that the sewer line met the pipe leaving the house and the inadequate joint the original plumber made between the two. Once the ground settled it was easy for the two pipes to separate. While not the original cause of the blockage, this was bound to cause issues in the future.
Oh, we also found several code violations in the installation of the water heater that we rectified also while we were on site to avoid future problems.
The moral of the story is that even though you have a new house, you very well may still have major plumbing issues. Most of the major builders pop up the houses so quickly it’s not hard to see why quality work is hard to come by in new home construction.
Oh, you may ask who the builder of this customers house was. It doesn’t really matter as they are already out of business. Can’t imagine why. 🙂
Founder, Drip Drop Plumbing