Many children are fascinated by toilets that magically whisk away anything in the bowl. Which often leads to decisions to give rubber ducky a ride or to send that pet dinosaur to Neverland. When this happens, you may face a clogged or overflowing toilet that grinds your life to a halt. Before you call in a plumber, there are some things you can do to attempt to get the toy out of the drain yourself.
Remove the water from the toilet bowl. You can scoop the water out with a disposable cup or container. Coffee cans, milk cartons and empty cans work well too. Leave enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger.
Grab the end of the toy, if you can see it in the drain, and pull it out. If you are lucky, you may be able to remove Dino by the tail or grasp part of the object and pull it free of the toilet.
Fish the toy out of the drain. If you can see the toy, but can’t get a grip with your hands, try hooking it with a bent coat hanger or other hooked objects. Pull with a slow, even motion to retrieve the toy. It may take several attempts. Likewise, you may be able to remove the toy by making a slip knot in a string and looping it around a leg or other extension on the toy.
Plunge the toilet. If you cannot see the toy, or cannot remove it physically, it is time to grab the plunger. Several thrusts of the plunger may dislodge the clog and send it down the drain. Avoid excessive force as this may damage the toilet bowl.
Use an auger or snake. Insert the end of the auger into the toilet and begin twisting. This may allow you to recover the toy, or it may dislodge it and send it down the drain. If the auger catches on the surface of the toy, slowly retrieve it by removing the auger.
Try a de-clogger. If the toy has become entangled in toilet tissue or other debris, it can form a clog blocking the flow of water. Dissolving the clog with a de-clogger may allow the toy to slip through the drain and out to the sewer system. While we do not recommend chemical de-cloggers, we recognize that some customers use them. If you choose to try a de-clogger, choose one that is labeled as natural and does not contain harsh chemicals that can pose a danger to your health, your plumbing and the environment. Alert your plumber if you have used de-cloggers in the drain before he arrives.
If your efforts are unsuccessful, you will need a professional to take care of the problem for you. Contact us today. We provide both standard and emergency plumbing services and can help you with all your plumbing needs.