How to…

Plunge a Toilet

There have always been random things I haven’t learned how to do properly.  I’m sure you can think of a few of your own.  So here I thought I’d begin with a dirty job.

The plumbing in my parents’ house was temperamental and the toilet often needed plunging.  The one time I attempted to do this myself, while my parents weren’t home, the toilet overflowed and I was afraid to try plunging a toilet for the next 20 years.  Until I became a mom, that is.

Little kids have a wonderful habit of accidentally dropping unflushable things into the toilet – tiny stuffed animals, socks, even books.  Sometimes we use too much toilet paper, or perhaps it’s just…well, poop.  And it’s always on a day when a friend is coming over for lunch or the guy from Smith & Noble is coming over to measure for blinds.  You can’t have a clogged john when people are coming over!

Trust me, I didn’t want to become an expert on this topic but somehow I’m now great at it.  And I’m sure there must be at least one other person out there like me who feared the dreaded overflow and who just leaves it there for their spouse to do when they come home.

So here’s a play-by-play of how to do the job properly.  Have fun, kids!

This entry was published on September 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm. It’s filed under dirty jobs, How To, Kids and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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