Years ago I wrote a column about critters like reptiles and rodents climbing into drain piping systems and ending up in toilets. After that I received lots of letters from homeowners sharing similar experiences. I recently stumbled across that long lost pile of letters and thought it would be fun to occasionally run some of these stories. So please enjoy Ed’s “Tails from the toilet.”
Q: Our family had a critter/toilet experience when we lived in the South. Our 4-year-old son was laughing in the bathroom and yelling that there was a frog in the toilet. Playing along, I entered the bathroom and to my surprise, there was a real frog in the toilet! My first reaction was to flush, but the little suction cups on his feet kept him stuck to the bowl. I finally had to catch him with my hands, and I put him outside, screaming all the way! No doubt its sticky feet could let him easily climb down through the vent pipes.
A: Glad the frog had a happy ending and proved when it comes to toilets, what goes up doesn’t always go down!
Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org