The toilet in the basement had been slow for months. The waste would flush down, but the TP would not, and the same bits would float around in the iron-tinged water for days.
So I didn't use it unless I absolutely had to. But then the toilet upstairs got plugged. And the stopper lever kept coming off its chain.
So the plumber came, but by then, the upstairs john had cleared itself. He fiddled around with the chain, though, and it worked again.
The basement stool was another matter. He put the snake down, and couldn't find a thing that could be blocking it. But it was undoubtedly blocked.
"I've got awful hard water here," I mentioned. "Do you think it could be calcium deposits plugging it up?"
I mean, if it's not calcium deposits that's clogging it up, what could it be?