My 1.5 year old dropped a hotel sized shampoo bottle into the toilet as my 4
year old was flushing.
Despite diving at the bowl, the plasitc bottle went down. (you never expect
in your life to dive at a toilet to keep something from going down....)
Our current symptoms are the water in the bowl does not really flush.
Eventually, water drains, but the toilet is not functional.
My question is this: do i want to try a plunger or a snake to push the
bottle through, or do i want to remove the bowl to extract the bottle.
Pushing it through maybe easier from the top side, however, where is that
bottle going to end up? Will it cause me more trouble in the future?
im thinking bite the bullet and get the thing out. You never know what
else is stuck in that pipe just waiting on something else to wedge in
there together and have you calling the local plumber who needs to bust
a hole in yoru wall to do the extraction. You can imagine all sorts of
stuff if it goes down. But if you get it out the top, it may be a
headache, but you can rest assured that the job is done.
Be sure to take pictures and put them into the safety deposit box with
the college fund. Taht way you can bill him when he gets older and he
cant refute it :P
Question about a different size toilet criminal: Do bigger-than-toddler
girls or women also use that bathroom? Do they leave the toilet seat up like
other females? Just as I thought. You know the shelf over the toilet? Remove
it and hang a nice picture that's at least 6" wider than the toilet bowl.
It's not a question of IF someone will knock something small into the
toilet, it's WHEN.
The shampoo bottle is just the beginning.
Best to retrieve it. If you are fortunate, it is in the neck of the toilet
or just at the flange. Turn off the water, disconnect the toilet, remove
the two nuts hold it down, and lift it off. If you are lackey, you will see
the bottle and be able to remove it. You need a new wax seal and reveres
the procedure to re-install.
If you push it down, it may block something down further and be much more
expensive to remove.
Agreed, but first, if it isn't too late, a few good,
healthy pulls with a water-filled plunger just might be
enough to suck it back up where you can reach it. With
plenty of water inthe toilet: Just press the plunger
around the toilet gently, to get the air out of it,
filling it with water, and give it a good, healthy,
HARD pull UP! Depending on whether it wedged there or
not, sometimes that's enough to pull it up where it's
Be careful: don't whack a hole in the ceiling when
it breaks the suction loose!
My two cents anyway; it's worked twice on light
items; not sure about a full bottle of shampoo even if
it is one of those little ones.
You might also use a coat hangar as a hook to pull
around in there if it's reachable at all.
Otherwise, get a new wax ring & pull the toilet.
IF it does go all the way down, it'll be headed for
bigger pipes, so chances are it'll go all the way, but
best not to chance it if you don't have to.
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On Thu, 21 Jul 2005 01:30:06 GMT, "Doug Kanter"
It's a lot like a poker hand - you can't have a full house and a
straight flush at the same time.
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