My husband came home after work without doing any side jobs this evening. He's been working nonstop for weeks now, so we were thrilled when he said he'd be home for dinner tonight. He walked in from work, tired and wanting to sit down for a few minutes and relax (read - go to the bathroom for a great quantity of time.)
Upon entering the bathroom, he saw, much to his surprise, the toilet bowl filled to the brim with water. In a change of plans, he grabbed the plunger and tried to get the water to drain. No dice.
Now we live in an areas with old trees. Old trees that have roots that run for miles and miles underground and wreak havoc with the sewers. Hubby went outside, took a peek in the access hole in our yard and lo and behold, the water was up to the top. Wishing he'd just stayed at work, my husband, defeated, grabbed his tools to rod out the sewer.
Several hours pass as he grabs out tree roots and cleans out the pipes. Still the toilet wasn't flushing properly. Frustrated, he yanked the entire toilet out of the bathroom. A perfectly reasonable response to the situation, no?
He carried it outside and started flushing it with water from the hose. Finally, after much rinsing and manuevering the toilet to get it to drain, this came out...
In case you were wondering, it's not a good idea to put wads of paper towels and pencils with giant star shaped erasers in your toilet.