GI Joe, What we find in toilets
GI Joe takes a ride in a toilet, and finds that life can be the dumps at times.
We got a call this week,
"Their toilet was plugging up, so they had called a plumber to come out. He thought that maybe it was a defective bowl."
Though we had installed the toilet for her previously, she called a plumber from the phone book that had the $50 off coupon.
The plumber came out, used a snake for three minutes, and charged her $200
The plumber said,
"Can't fix it, maybe you have a defective bowl lady. If you want me to pull the bowl, it will be another $600."
That would have made it $800 for the service call.
We went out, and used a closet auger on it. When the auger didn't work, we pulled the bowl. If the 1.5" end of the auger won't go through, it's time to pull.
Sticking out of the end of the toilet, was Mr G.I. Joe.
$150 service call and we were on our way.
A little less than the $800 that the other plumber wanted to charge. Of course it would have been $800 minus $50 for the coupon.
Never underestimate your kids. This woman had a nine year old. She thought he was too old to be putting GI Joes down the toilet.
re: a kid threw something down the toilet
I promised to help someone with an issue with a blocked toilet. He told me his kid may have, but is not 100% sure thrown something down there. He has tried using a plunger and snaking it himself with no luck. I also don't know how well he plunged
I'm sure a similar problem like this comes up all the time.
Would taking the toilet off do any help? what is the best checklist method to figure out what is wrong with this sort of problem?