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.