Yes, another stupid pun! The tool is known as a toilet auger, closet auger or toilet snake. I think closet auger is derived from water closet, another term for bathroom. There are times when you buy a tool because you need it and use it often. This, however, is not one of those times (hopefully). You will forget where you stored this tool because you seldom use it but be thankful beyond belief that you have it when you need it. The purpose of this tool is to clear the drain in your toilet from “obstructions”. A regular snake that you would use on you kitchen or bathroom sink will not work on your toilet and can in fact possibly damage the porcelain throne due to the bends in the drain line. The toilet snake has an angled end with a plastic sleeve which keeps the shake from hitting the toilet and cracking it.
Usually I say buy the best tool you can afford but unless you are going into the plumbing business or you have more money than sense, just get a middle of the road durable looking one. My last tip. When you have the snake extended completely try flushing the toilet. If the clog has cleared, flush a few more times before you pull the snake out. This will clean it off as good as possible before you have to deal with the extracted snake flopping around outside of the toilet. Not fun as it is but REALLY not fun when possibly covered with debris from “obstruction”!
Thanks for reading,
That Home Inspector Guy