The Toto toilet has been dependable (read: doesn't clog) since last August when we met it and it became part of our family.
Last week began with a four-day period of bowel inactivity. This is average. This is not cause for concern. It is well below my personal best of two weeks. However, when the inactivity was ... over ... the Toto did not dispose of it in its usual charming way, with the deluge and the woosh and the disappearance and the satisfying ca-chunk (go here, jump to 32 seconds in). Instead, there was the deluge, the disappearance, and then it acted like a normal toilet. It filled and it drained, only slowly, and no soul-satisfying ca-chunk.
I told Gary, and thus began an evening of toilet diagnosis. We got quite an education in plunger types and plunging technique. He would see a video, try that technique, I would read an article, try that technique, and all along the Toto would just drain slowly and, as I say, no ca-chunk, the Toto way of saying, "Poop? What poop? No one poops in this house."
This lasted till two in the morning when I pleaded with Gary, "Stop. It. Stop flushing. Stop plunging. I have to get up in the morning."
In the morning, of course, the first flush showed great improvement, and the second ended with the ca-chunk that filled my heart with song.
This week, it has now been five days.