So my wife and I live in an apartment. Yesterday while flushing the toilet, a package of dental floss fell in and got flushed with everything else. Now our toilet won't flush at all because something (the dental floss container) is blocking the pipes.
So my wife goes to the office and a maintenance guy comes back with her. He tries using a toilet snake but it doesn't work; it seems the toilet is too old for the toilet snake to be useful. He then leaves and does not give any indication that it will get repaired. Meanwhile, now our toilet simply won't flush down the contents (toilet paper, bio-waste, etc etc).
1) Is there any way for us to clear it up ourselves?
2) Is it not the responsibility of the apartment management to deal with this at their cost?
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Have you tried to plunge? I've gotten many a child's toy dislodged from the mysterious depths of the can before with that handy tool. Whatever suction it creates seems just enough to coerce the pesky plug free. Works on sinks too.
As for the responsibility part - I'm not sure on that one. I'm not sure if they can hold your feet to the fire since it was a foreign object that did the breaking.
Originally posted by El Nastio 2) Is it not the responsibility of the apartment management to deal with this at their cost?
If you admitted that you dropped the dental floss container in the toilet, you may be SOL, without knowing the details about your lease agreement. There's a level of responsibility to ensure things are in working order in their units, but if you claimed responsibility you may be in murky waters.
That said, I'd still be in their office raising bloody hell until it was fixed. If you're with any kind of decent outfit, they will fix it.