The first thing you need to know is that my landlord is a plumber. The second thing you need to know is that the first thing does me no good, as far as the plumbing in my house goes. When I first moved in, I asked him for some help with a slow-running toilet, and he told me to eat more greens and less meat. Thatís not the kind of advice I need from either a plumber or a landlord.
Anyway, nowadays I eat plenty of greens and not much meat, but that doesnít mean my toilet works as well as it should. In fact, not only has my toilet been stubborn (you might even say constipated) the whole seven years Iíve lived here, but my drains in the shower and the bathroom sink have always been petulant and cantankerous. I go through a lot more drain opening gunk than I really should, trying to keep them flowing smoothly and easily.
The third thing you need to know is that all of these problems, with the toilet and the drains, gets worse during the winter. Last winter was an especially dry one, so it wasnít so bad. It hasnít been so bad so far this year, but winter doesnít start until next week. Weíve had some rain already, though, and the old problems have come up from time to time. The last few days have been trying, but Iíve coped. I have ways of making the toilet flush, even when it doesnít particularly want to.