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Years ago I wrote a column about critters like reptiles and rodents climbing into drain piping systems and ending up in toilets. After that I received lots of letters from homeowners sharing similar experiences. I recently stumbled across that long lost pile of letters and thought it would be fun to occasionally run some of these stories. So please enjoy Ed’s “Tails from the toilet.”

Dear Ed: Our family had a critter/toilet experience when we lived in the South. Our 4-year-old son was laughing in the bathroom and yelling that there was a frog in the toilet. Playing along, I entered the bathroom and to my surprise, there was a real frog in the toilet! My first reaction was to flush, but the little suction cups on his feet kept him stuck to the bowl. I finally had to catch him with my hands, and I put him outside, screaming all the way! No doubt its sticky feet could let him easily climb down through the vent pipes.

Ed’s comment: Glad the frog had a happy ending and proved when it comes to toilets, what goes up doesn’t always go down!

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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