Figuring that's the clog, I'd be tempted to get a snake, and open up the
end of the wire, so it will catch and retrieve the offending fabric. Use
some kind of tube (inch PVC maybe?) so the snake doesn't scratch the
porcelean. I've done that, scratch porcelean.
Christopher A. Young
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I've had plenty of clogged toilets in the past and have always been able to
eventually push the clog through with a plunger (things usually soften up
and dissolve in the water after a while). After we had guests over
yesterday I discovered that the toilet was clogged - and much worse than
I've ever seen before. I plunged and plunged and eventually cleared the
bowl, but now it's in a state where it will slowly drain but not flush
properly. I'm guessing I just moved the clog a little further down the
pipe. I would not want any solids going in that toilet right now.
I had my suspicions, but new evidence has come to light that strongly
suggests our friends' daughter probably had an accident and decided to hide
the evidence by flushing her undies. :-( If I had know that from the
beginning, I might have approached matters differently from the start. Now
I'm not sure what how to proceed. We have a septic system. Should I just
keep up with the plunging and hope to eventually move the obstruction
through - or is that futile, or will that harm our septic. Should I get a
plumbers snake and try that method (to pull the undies back up maybe) and
hope I haven't already moved the obstruction out of reach? Is there another
longer tool to use (I've heard mention of a closet augher) - or will that
scratch the porcelain on our toilet? Should I just skip to the chase and
hire a plumber?
Thanks for advice on how to best resolve this problem.