My dad came over today to look at our plumbing problems, which is REALLY nice of him considering it isn’t his house. Or his problem.
The water softener leak is between the bypass and the softener, so he pushed the bypass closed (believe me, I tried this! Couldn’t budge it an inch.) and advised we check in 24 hours to see if it’s still leaking. That might be enough to stop it for now, but the bypass is plastic and it probably won’t be a long term fix.
And he looked at our toilet. Now, for some backstory, we’ve had problems flushing the toilet ever since we moved in. My husband can sometimes manage it, but I never can, and considering I provide 90% of the poop inn this house (I swear! It’s ridiculous… either I poop too much or he just doesn’t poop at all), it’s important that I be able to flush the toilet without running to him for help.
My parents have replaced one of their toilets and jokingly asked if we wanted the old one.
I said yes.
Of COURSE I said yes.
So dad looked at it today to see if it’s really necessary to replace it. He poked around, flushed it, and conceded that it is in fact broken. He says the innards in the back are fine, and it’s something wrong with the toilet itself. So replacing it should help.
On the downside, our previous homeowner caulked the toilet to the floor.
I didn’t think that was a thing. So now we have to brainstorm how to detach the toilet, and I’ll admit I’m inclined to just call a plumber! But that’s money we don’t have.
So, inquiring minds want to know: have you done toilet work before? What would your advice be?