Yesterday, my upstairs toilet backed up.
So I did what any self-respecting owner would do: I called my roommate and asked him if he had been having trouble with the toilet. Perhaps he threw a condom in there? Or his girlfriend tried to flush down a tampon? Alas, I had only myself to blame for it.
Steps for Unsuccessfully Clearing a Toilet Bowl:
1 - So imagine if you will, me trying to flush the toilet, but the water coming perilously close to the edge of the bowl.
2 - Run downstairs to get a bucket and a plastic container to scoop out the water progressively and dump it in the downstairs bathroom. Repeat 5 times trying not to leave droplets on the floor. While you are visualising the scene, please keep this in mind: the bowl is not, err hum, clear (if you know what I mean).
3- Thoroughly disinfect bowl, bucket, container, hands and nails, floor and anything you may have come in contact with, or breathed on.
4 - Take a long shower to ensure extra cleanliness.
5 - Go on the internet and search for astute and innovative ways to clear clogs.
6- Try the dishwashing liquid and hot water trick.
7 - Wake up the next day to note with satisfaction that the liquid has spontaneously dropped back down.
8 - Flush toilet and note with disappointement that the toilet is indeed still clogged.
9 - Call roommate again. Finally capitulate to plunging the toilet.
So I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow, when said roommie brings home a new plunger. He has heroically stated that he will stay in the doorway (within hearing distance of the toilet, but not within seeing distance) to encourage me while I plunge away.
I am thinking about reselling already. Anybody interested?