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What is it about men and toilets?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Especially young men? Now, I know for a fact that we have raised our sons to PUT THE SEAT BACK DOWN when they are done. My son's friend, for whatever reason, thinks it is ok to leave the seat up and turn the light off before the boys leave for his house at night. He never does it in daylight, only at night.

So, last night, I went in to the bathroom-in the middle of the night in the dark, and fell in! Oh, I was SO not happy. I mean, it is MY Bathroom!, I KNOW I left the seat down, why should I have to turn the light on to look?!

Oh, wait, things get even better.

Tonight, my son spends well over half an hour in the bathroom. Now, I have repeatedly told this young man he needs to go more frequently instead of taking this long. And I have told him when he does take this long, to flush in the middle so he doesn't clog the plumbing. (He has been known to totally stop up the toilet. Not just requiring plunging, either. And he's been able to do it for YEARS. He stopped up the plumbing at my mom's a few years ago so badly that we thought we were going to have to put new pipes and toilet in! We ended up only having to use a power snake) Last year he stopped it up so bad I had to go buy a 25 foot snake and get down on the floor and run the snake through the toilet. Repeatedly before it cleared. Yeah. Gross. And I can't count how many times I've had to use the plunger!

So, I go in to use the bathroom, and there is a paper towel and puppy poo in the bowl. I tell him he has to stop putting paper towels in the toilet, he's going to clog it up, I flush toilet, it nearly overflows.

I tell teen "told you so" and try plunger. Doesn't work. I am unable to get on floor to snake it, so I try from folding chair. I finally get it to drain slowly. Son tells me his friend (the one who leaves the seat up) flushed "a turd sized piece of wax" down it last night.

I decided enough is enough and I tell teen son, you and your idiot friend are responsible for clogging it up, you can get it cleared. Gave him snake and went to my room.

It took him a while, but he finally got it cleared. Of course, there was no way he was going to do it until I had it done enough that the water in it was CLEAN! Yeah, let MOM do the part with the gross in it!

I told him from now on, he clogs the toilet, he snakes it-gross or not.

At least I finally got to pee before bedtime!
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    Yeah, I think what's up with men and toilets is someone else always fixes it for them, so they don't care to keep it nice.

    My hubby is really good about putting the seat down (actually I prefer the lid to be closed, so the seat AND lid are almost always down) so I don't have to look usually, but I'd say with you on crutches maybe it is son's responsibility to check it when he has friends over. I.E. when those friends leave, he should be checking the bathrooms and making sure they're okay.

    I totally agree, the "you clog it you snake it" rule 1) is necessary and 2) should lead to much more carefulness on his part!!
    1941 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    1941 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    Great job handing over the responsibility to the perpetrator - I think he will develop a new respect for taking care of the pipes from now on. An ounce of prevention...

    I totally agree about putting the seat down. If the "rule" is to put the cover down when you leave the bathroom, even in the dark you will know what to expect. (Although if they are leaving "gifts" in the toilet, you might want to know that before you go...)

    Wishing you the best in this problem solving. Pat on the back!
    1942 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    Love it!! What a great idea!! I agree- men and bathrooms. Good for you. Sometimes things don't register until the offender has to clean up the mess. Have a great week!!
    1942 days ago
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