I like home improvement/repair projects generally. Except plumbing. I do not like plumbing. I have now decided I exceptionally do not like clogged toilets.
First of all the disclaimer - I didn't do it. He did it. Him. It was HIM! HE did it!!! Ahhh, now that's off my chest.
So I wake up in the morning to discover the toilet clogged - and the bathmat hanging somewhere wierd. Wake up husband - what happened in the bathroom? Dunno, seemed fine to him. OK. Men.
Well, water was low in the toilet - I plunged the toilet. Thought it might be ok, and flushed to toilet. Tip #1 - don't do that. So it starts to overflow, I run to grab the pile of old towels - they aren't there. Husband has moved them. So now there is a flood. Tip #2 - before flushing if questionable, have the top off the tank so you can just pull the float up and stop the water quickly if needed. Then, turn the valve off on the wall. Wish I had that tip to start. I fetched many old towels, mopped up the flood.
OK, so I can't fix it with the plunger. Tip #3 - have one of those good stiff-ish plungers, with the bit that sticks out into the hole in the toilet. Even though it didn't work for me this time, a good plunger can really make a difference.
So I drive to town to buy a plumber's auger - I also need to pick up antibiotics for the sick dog. OK, I get the auger - but the car is now making a horrible clunking noise. Terrific. Go to the shop and the car needs a new tie rod. Great - but you have to drive me and the auger home first. Guess the doggy antibiotics can wait until later today.
So I do battle with the toilet and the auger. Tip #4 - buy the $30 one - you can use it in sinks etc. as well as toilets. Plus I think I ended up using about 30 feet of line to push the clog all the way through in the end. The cheap augers, that are just for toilets, are very short.
Tip #5 - read from some plumbing site, and it did help - really hot water and dishwashing detergent help dissolve the ...uhhhh... stuff.
Lesson - I really really HATE badly clogged toilets. Suggested to husband he can now clean up after the project - I went off to shower. Even having taken a long hot shower, I still have the mad desire to completely submerge myself in a large tub of disinfectant. Ugh.