Ed’s final flush revives his favorite plumbing column

Ed Del Grande Tribune news service

After nearly 20 years of writing this plumbing column, it’s time to hang up my butt. I want to say thank you by revisiting my favorite toilet question. I hope you enjoy my creature feature finale:

Q: I was on a trip down south and when I returned to my room I found a live frog in my toilet bowl. The maintenance person took the frog outside and said that this happened every now and then. I can’t believe it came out of the drain, was someone pranking me?

A: In my years as a plumber, I’ve found some strange items like toothbrushes and takeaway coffee mugs in the toilet. Some items may even enter the drainage system downstream.

With that in mind, it may be possible for some critters to get upstream into the toilet bowl.

While I haven’t seen frogs in toilets, I’ve heard many stories of frogs and snakes finding their way into a toilet bowl. Some of the snake stories even involve people on the toilet being bitten. This too is what I have heard but not witnessed to. Another person wrote that they found small snails in their shower stall.

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My own close experience came once on a service call when a customer caught a large rodent that got into the bowl. She had closed the lid of the toilet seat and sealed it with duct tape. When I found out what was going on, I refused to open the lid and advised her to call the animal welfare agency.

From then on I always warned friends, family and sanitary customers not to sit on a toilet in the dark.

(Builder/Plumber Ed Del Grande is internationally known as the author of Ed Del Grande’s House Call, as a television and internet show host, and as a LEED green worker. Visit eddelgrande.com or write to [email protected] .Always check with local contractors and regulations.)

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