Ladies and gentlefolk, I never thought this blog would come to this!
Almost 500 of you passed by Lake Superior Spirit yesterday mostly wondering what to do if your toilet ceases to work during a power outage such as Ms. Hurricane Sandy.
You keep searching and searching and searching on the Internet for the Valuable Information which will answer your toilet flushing inquiries, don’t you?
You keep typing in the search engines: can you flush toilet when power goes out, why can’t i flush my toilet when power goes out, do you still have power water goes out, when power goes out can you flush the toilet, can i flush the toilet when power is out, why can’t i flush my toilet if i don’t have power…
OK, I will cease copying and pasting the search engine questions which have plopped folks squarely on my March 27, 2012, blog post: What you can and can’t do when your power goes off in the woods. ( I simply don’t understand why all of you weren’t coming to read my coyote yipping post from yesterday morning.) Yesterday Google search showed my old toilet expertise blog post as #6 on their main search page. This morning it’s #2. Go figure what brings fame in life.
I’m not really concerned about toilet fame today, though, as my heart is worried for a certain someone who lives in New York City…but more about that as you read on past the practical advice.
What I want to tell you flushing seekers is this: When Power goes off in the city it’s an entirely different Animal than when power goes off in the woods.
In the woods we’re pretty self-sufficient. We have Heat from our wood stove. We have a spare generator out in the shed–even though we’re not sure it works. We have gas lamps. We have a gas stove and oven. We have a food room filled with food–of sorts. We have matches, candles, flashlights and a half bottle of plum wine from our new Korean in-laws. We have 30 degree temps at night–which could keep frozen turkeys intact.
You people in the city–I do fret about you. Especially two “deer” ones who live in cities on opposite coasts. I shall cease worrying about the West Coast dear one this week, barring any unpredicted earthquakes, and concentrate my concern on my dear one in New York City.
“Do you have water?” I ask. “Food? Matches? Candles? Is there gas in the car? Flashlights? What DO you have to be prepared should Sandy blow fiercely in your borough and flood your apartment, even though you’re on the second floor?”
(Darn! why can’t the dear ones stay close in the woods, why must they sometimes move beyond Mama’s care?)
I tell my dear one that she’s been spoiled by living in the woods. We’ve never had fear of disaster, except for blizzards which last three days; don’t get me started. We’re too close to self-sufficient, barring a good supply of water. (But we live one-quarter mile from Lake Superior. If our well won’t pump, we’ll walk to the lake and boil our water to destroy parasites and evil intestinal creatures. Until our gas runs out…in which gas we’ll be closer to a City Mentality.)
So can city folk flush their darn toilets when Sandy the Hurricane visits? (Excuse me while I Google it like all those folks Googled this blog.)
Avoid flushing toilets or using excessive water if the home has its own water pump. Small amounts of water can be drawn periodically over a long period of time if the water system was at full pressure when the power went out. With a city water system, water will probably still be available in limited quantity when the power goes out. A toilet can be flushed manually by pouring a bucket of water directly into the stool.
There! Now all you city folk can Google me with this question, too.
This shall perhaps become known as a Toilet Blog, considering it’s at least the third time I’ve mentioned the Royal Throne on these pages. You do remember A spiritual tale of two toilets, don’t you? And In which our toilet freezes solid and we make friends with Sarah, the shower spider. And, lord, Back in the bathroom again…
So, yes, dear reader wanting to know about toilets during powerless times, the answer is Maybe. Maybe you can flush your toilet when Sandy (or some other barreling hurricane comes to visit.) Sounds like you’ll be able to flush for a while if the city’s water supplies aren’t damaged.
I pray Sandy stays safely off shore. Stay away, Sandy, from my dear one in New York City and all the other folks who live in the wake of your possible path.
P.S. What do you do to distract you when you’re worried about loved ones? I find that gentle humor sometimes help…but it’s not easy, is it?