Someone in the house who is not too bright accidentally flushed a
towel down the toilet. Kind of like a "hand towel" or a large
washrag. And they stupidly tried to use a plunger before realizing it
was a towel stuck in there.
Anyway, any ideas on how we can get the towel out? Is there some sort
of snake-like device with hooks or something that can grasp onto the
The other toilets work, so at least the towel didn't go TOO far.
On 5/27/2009 11:08 PM email@example.com spake thus:
You didn't say whether or not the toilet was clogged--is it? If not, I
wouldn't sweat it; the towel will eventually clear your drain.
If it is clogged, you're not going to get the towel out, but probably
push it through with a snake.
That's my guess, anyhow. IANAP.*
* I am not a plumber.
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
You could try to snake it, with the goal of pulling the towel out of the
toilet, not through.
If you push the towel in and it gets stuck in the pipe somewhere, then
you're in more trouble.
That said, it's not easy to snake the toilet because of the built-in P-trap.
You may have to remove the toilet to get to the towel. Hopefully it is still
stuck in the toilet, not in the pipe.
Or you could try to find some chemical that dissolves cotton. It may take a
Whats so hard about pulling a toilet? I tenant called and said the
toilet was clogged. All of the other drains worked fine. They said they
had tried to push it out and fortunately they didn't. I pulled it and
found a round plastic object in the trap. Best guess was their little
nephew who was visiting tossed it in. If someone had succeeded pushing
this into the drain stack it is pretty likely the next project would be
to open the ceiling below and cut the stack open to remove the item.
LOL, nothing at all. You can skin a cat any way you'd like.
As a pro though, I don't think I have ever spent as much time actually using
the closet auger, as I have walking to the truck to get it. I doubt you
can say that about pulling the entire closet. Also, using the auger costs
nothing in consummables except the one rag I need so I don't have to touch
anything nasty. If you like sticking your head down near where your tenents
ass goes, THEN YOU GO RIGHT AHEAD.
Columnist Dave Barry relates in one of his books how he and
some of his buddies decided to become Rich Through the Power of
Since he had no other "skills", he was assigned the title of
"Plumber on Call".
Eventually they sold the property, poorer but wiser. After this
period of late-night "emergency" calls, Dave reached the
conclusion that there was some alien mother ship orbiting the
Earth, beaming down mind control rays that only tenants can hear:
"PICK UP A FOREIGN OBJECT, AND FLUSH IT DOWN THE TOILET. RIGHT
True conversation I (homeowner) had with a friend (lifetime renter):
"Ah, I can't, I'm broke."
"How can you be broke? You own your house, you don't have to pay
"I still have to pay $300 a month in property taxes."
"Property tax? What the h@ll is *that*?"
" I have to pay the city tax money every 3 months or they take my
"Wha! That's crazy! That's *UNCONSTITUTIONAL*! You should *fight*
So, hey, landlords: That's what tenants think, that the
hard-earned (or not) rent money they give you every month (or
roughly, or maybe not) is free and clear, and you can run down to
the corner bar and buy the house a round (or two). So, don't
drink *too* much tonight, 'cause you might be making a late-night
visit to Mr. P-trap.
"I suspect you\'re an arrogant little pissant who grew up in the
Red Bull generation." - CJW
Yes, the device you want is called a closet auger. Any good hardware
store should have them. Here is an article with a picture and describing
When I worked in a lab, one of my co-workers accidentally flushed a diaper
down the drain.
His solution was to liberate about six pounds of Sodium hydroxide (Lye) from
the lab and continue to dump the stuff in the commode. I think it worked and
I'm pretty sure you don't need reagent grade...
Could also be newspaper, toilet paper. I think paper is a little easier to
Cotton is not stiff, and the fiber is continious, not chunked together. It
does not pull apart except with great strength. The OP keeps asking stupid
I think a PLUMBER is required or will be. Roto Router.
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