As others have suggested a solid object may be stuck in the S curve
of the toilet. Find a way to force a home made three prong fish hook
type device past the S curve. Pull it back out. See if you can snag
Another method is to remove the toilet. Then guide a small rope thru
the S curve and out. attach a towel or mop to the rope and pull it
Maybe other fans of the Simpson's will remember this one:
Groundskeeper Willie is clearing a clogged toilet (by hand!!). He's in up to
his elbow, and says something like "Come here you slippery little devil...
Ach... What's this!?? You've got yourself a partner!!"
I'm sorry, but something about this thread made me think of that.
Of course I have been reading this thread too and my first question is, "Has
anybody found Jimmy Hoffa yet?" The toilet is on third floor, very seldom
gets used, and seemingly is clogged without effecting the other bathrooms.
I'd be scratching my head on this one too! I would have to agree with the
send in the pros thinking, I have done a little plumming in my time but I
have never heard of a toilet clogging without a reason to the problem. And
being I have lived in my home with "nobody" creating the problems I have
faced in the past, i.e. broken window screens that just fall off the house
all bent up from 4 feet off the ground to I don't know who ripped the mower
deck off the tractor by running over the dirt pile with it repeatedly. I
would have to say something or someone caused the problem! Sherlock Holmes I
have become many times in the past! Of course it is harder to get to the
bottom of things when your spouse is covering the truth like a good episode
of The X Files, but in all there is an explianation to this I am sure! I
remember my daughter had an undying fastenation in my old mobile home with
plugging the sink full of paper towels, or towels or toilet paper and then
turning the water on. For no reason what so ever other then being 3 years
old she would leave it running, flooding the bathroom, it took years till
she got over it and never once admitted to it even after being caught in the
act several times over for it! The innocence of youth is far from the
understanding of the old!
Lots of great thoughts here but it turned out to be just a very, very
clogged toilet. I sat on the bathtub edge for about 30 mins with my
snake and grinded and snaked and grooved and slithered and bent and
twisted and *nothing* came out but I just kept on flushing- and
flushing- and the water slowly- but surely- started draining.
Knock on wood, or simulated if you prefer, but it appears fixed!
Now to clean that bizarre smell out of my bathroom! :)
Thanks to everyone!
Most people do not know how to use a toilet plunger, IMO,
and they try to drive the contents through rather than pulling
them back and making sure the load is more manageable.
Snaking a big gob of toilet paper is often as productive as
trying to herd cats.
It took me years to figure out that there are somethings worth paying for
and drain clogs is one of them. Spend the $75 on a drain specialist (see
Yellow Pages) and it will all be done in an hour. No muss, no fuss.
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