Its a shitty job, but someone had to do it.

I totally lucked into joining this link up today, If you really want to call what happened luck.

I had my first real home owner moment. It wasn't having to mow my own yard. Although that kinda sucks. It was what do you do when your toilet is clogged and you can't call a landlord.....or a significant other to come rescue you.

My downstairs bathroom was clogged on Monday morning. In the course of 3 days I used three different types of plungers (2 I had to go out and buy) 2 different versions of Drano, a septic tank  cleaner, and I used a toilet snake. I also tried pouring boiling water in there along with some dish detergent. Nothing worked. Then mid plunge the toilet completely emptied its tank. I've never had that happen before, but terror is watching the water creep to the top and then shoot over the sides. I was literally standing in 2 inches of toilet water. I didn't take any pictures (because I was standing in toilet water) but it looked something like this.


I finally thought to turn the water off to the toilet, then I was able to continue plunging until the water FINALLY went down. Then I heated up more water and poured down the toilet until I was sure I got the clog out. 

In the course of all of this I learned why you should never dump Drano or another chemical down the toilet. Apparently it erodes the wax seal on the bottom of the toilet. Ummm yeah didn't know that before I emptied 2 whole bottles into the drain. I hope my seal is still good because pulling it all up to replace it is not my idea of fun. Of course neither is wading in other people's shit.

Venus Trapped in Mars

26 comments

  1. ohhh no! that is awful! i am so sorry! had no idea about the draino- good to know!

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    1. Now that its fixed (fingers crossed) and cleaned up I can laugh. But last night I was not laughing.

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  2. That's the worst!!! *Knock on wood* Nothing too bad has happened to us since we bought our house (well minus disposing of a deceased squirrel in our back yard...I won't give you details on that one. It was gross).

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    1. My dog mangled a bunny once. It was traumatic.

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  3. OMG this happened to me this weekend except we are renting and my landlords were all like we dont work on the weekends it was a huge mess and I cried!

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    1. What jerks. I would say, "umm ok hope your floor is still in one piece when you come to fix it." I cried too. I also am seriously considering just throwing out the towels I used to clean up the water. Even though I bleached them I am grossed out just looking at them.

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  4. Thankfully my apartment is super on top of things. Draino is bad for the maintenance people, splash back when they're working on pipes can burn them. So my building is all NO DRAINO EVER and they have a 24 maintenance guy who will be at your door in 5 minutes. That's why I can never own a house, I'm not responsible enough.

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    1. I'm not really responsible enough either. I really need a sugar daddy to take care of everything maintenance wise. My town is so weird though, for a college town its really small and odd. The only rentals are meant for college students to share so either its a rat hole or super expensive. I am paying less on my house than I ever did renting.

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  5. Oh goodness sakes!! It is a horrible sight to watch the toilet water creep higher and higher. I'm glad you were finally able to get it all unclogged and I hope the seal holds!

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  6. HOLY MOLY... See these are the things that we really need Pinterest to be telling us, not how to DIY a headboard. We need to know how to fix these things around the house, dang it! Although it was for a bad reason, I'm glad you were able to come join our linkup! :)

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    1. I did some massive googling and tried every trick that was mentioned

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  7. Hate you had to go thru that. Any problems in the bathroom are just over all just shitty. Love that you used gifs. I'm a big fan of em. I've slacked off recently and need to get back at it. Hope your week gets better.

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    1. I love gifs they are great for people like me who forget to take pics

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    2. Oh me too. I take pics but sometimes I dont like going thru the trouble of putting it on blog. B/c you have to copy and paste and etc. Plus, Gifs are fun!

      By the way I'm following you on everything so I will be stalking you soon ;)

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    3. Yay I love stalkers, as long as they aren't the creepy watching me while I'm sleeping kind of stalker.

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  8. Oh your poor heart. I'm glad you are able to laugh after the fact! I'm visiting over from the link up, just wanted to pop in and say hi :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I hope I never have to do that again.

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  9. That is the worst! I'm glad you were able to take care of it without having to call a plumber, but what a terrible job!

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    1. I have a friend that is a plumber, but he would have to drive over an hour which would make the job outrageously expensive. I was starting to wonder if it was ever going to go down

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  10. Oh wow, that's a pretty awful situation to be in. We had a problem with the toilets at work and I ended wading through a couple of inches of complete strangers' pissy water. That was not fun. You have no idea what you might be stepping in when it's a public toilet.

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    1. Ugggh I just don't know that I could handle that. It was bad enough wading in out pissy water

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  11. OMG that is horrible! I've never had to deal with something like that but it's good to know in case I ever do.... eeek!

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    1. I really hope you never have to. It was not fun

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  12. Ugh that's awful...although you livin in Ky makes me happy, I'm a graduate student at UK right now and always find it fun when I meet another KY blogger :)

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