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Holiday Potty Preparations

December 8, 2011

I bet you didn’t even know that you should prepare your toilets for the holidays. Yup, even your toilets need to be prepared for extra guests. Along with cleaning your house, hanging the stockings with care, and trimming the tree, you have to worry about your toilet. You’re welcome (smile).

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to lift up the toilet and replace the wax ring. And, I’m not going to tell you to reach your hand inside and pull out something nasty. Nope, just do some basic checks and be sure you are ready for all the extra flushes, ups and downs on the handles, and extra toilet paper.

First, check the flapper (I hope you have been reading my past articles, or my blog for directions on how to replace the flapper); be sure it is in good shape, not loose or flimsy (no woman wants a loose flapper), not leaking water underneath, and in no way misshapen. Ugh. If it is out of shape, change it now so you are not charging off to the hardware store while your company waits for you in another room.

Second, how about the handle, does it work properly? Does it move up and down freely? Does the chain hang up on the flapper or the rod from the handle? Does the handle have to be giggled to stop the water? If you said yes to any of these, fix it. Now! And, remember – the toilet handle comes off the opposite way (it does not follow the rule of “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey). Also, be sure to buy the correct handle. LOOK at what you take off and be sure to replace it with the same kind.

Finally, do you have plenty of the right kind of toilet paper? I know for some of you that sounds funny. But for those of you with septic systems you need to remember that if you have extra guests you will be putting a strain on your system and you might want to use the 1-ply paper for a few days until they leave. The extra weight and density of the paper can lead to clogs and backup in your system (both in the toilet and your drain system). Remember to ask your guests not to flush their sanitary items (YES – even the ones that say it is safe to do so) down the toilet and/or baby wipes. Better to be safe than sorry. You could always leave a “gentle” note in the bathroom. For those of you who are too chicken to have “toilet talk” with your family or guests leave it for your “hubby or wife” and make it look like you “forgot” to remove it before the guests got there.

Happy Holidays, and…Happy Toileting!

To women holding hammers (and taking care of business),

Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl

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