This question must come up quite often around here, but does anyone know
what to do about a severely clogged toilet, short of calling a plumber?
"You see me now a veteran, of a thousand psychic wars.
I've been living on the edge so long where the winds of limbo roar"
A closet snake should clear any toilet related clog. A standard snake
should also do and a plunger works often.
In the long run finding a good toilet is much better. Look for a large
fully glazed trap and you should have a good performer. The contractor
specials that are cheap and come with most homes are just not up to the
task. Don't buy based on price. Some of the most expensive look pretty but
don't perform well. A good one that will not clog can be had for less than
Thats kind of a silly question. If it is severly clogged (as in, you
cant unclog it yourself) then its pretty simple. Call someone that
can. Maybe dynamite would be an option too since its severe
It might help if you described the nature of the clog. I'm not tryingt
o eb crude either, people have found that their kids flushing plastic
things that aren't easily retrievable via normal means. If you have
been only flushing what you are supposed to then a plunger or snake
should do the job.
I am remembering hearing of a construction company who had a clogged toilet.
Someone suggested using the 3,000 PSI pressure washer to blast the clog
The clog remained, but the contents of the bowl got scattered around the
room in aerosol form.
This is Turtle.
First just call a plumber and get it over with. Now here is something that
Plumber don't like you doing is it lets him put his snake in some stuff that
eats up his snake when he does come to unclog it and that is use some stuff
called Ram Out or another brand called Liquid Fire sold at most hardware stores
. you will have to go to a real hardware store locally for Home-Depot and Low's
Stores don't sell it for customers can get it on them or in their eyes and your
blind. then you can sue Home Depot for a Million dollar settlement. It makes the
water temperature go above boiling and will melt grease and scale in the drain
line. then when the plumber does come over there he puts his snake in this stuff
and eats his snake up and then he don't like to get his snake eat up. it comes
in Quart, and Gallon sizes.
Now the only thing it will not clear out is any new type plastic toys that have
a very high melting point above the Ram out temperature when it gets hot. Also
if you use too much on PVC drains it will melt the PVC pipe but not the new type
Be careful with this stuff for it will burn your hands or blind you if you get
it in your eyes. It is the best stuff ever made for drain clogs but it is just
dangerous to use. Be Careful with it.
Solution #1 - keep a carving knife and a spatula in the bathroom. Any
fearsomely large looking objects can be cut up and for an extra measure of
security, trap half of the load up the side of the bowl for the first flush,
release & flush again.
Solution #2 - Depending on your "schedule", make it a point to go out to the
local mall, 24hr supermarket, etc, buy a newspaper & use their facilities.
I have seen some mall toilets that flush so hard that you tend to make sure
there is a sufficient gap between your legs or butt and seat to ensure that
your guts do not get sucked out.
Go to the hardware store and ask for a "closet auger". Use those words --
the clerk should know what you mean. Ask for quick instructions how to make
it work, they aren't instantly obvious.
The $25 Ridgid works much better than the $8 disposable one. well worth the
Here's what has worked for me several times. I've had serious plumbing
problems in the last year, and just couldn't afford the plumber.
If you have a wet/dry vac, drain the bowl contents into it. Then stuff the
flexible hose, minus attachments, down the drain as far as you can. If the
hose is too big, spend a few bucks for a narrow hose & adapter.
Stuff rags around the hose in the bowl so you get a good vacuum. Flip the
switch, and voila!
It may take a few tries, but is well worth the savings.
As for the contents of the wet/dry vac: once the toilet is cleared, then
gradually dump the contents back into the toilet in small doses and flush
lots of extra times.
Good luck. And please let me know if it works.
P.S. I learned this trick from a VERY expensive plumber who I'll never call
back--and never need to!!!!!
It seems you should be praising him and worshiping the ground he walks
on. He told you how to do it yourself and now you are saving hundreds
or maybe even thousands of dollars. Nice gratitude.
Then of course maybe he told you how to fix it yourself because your
house is a shit hole and he cant stand to go there anymore. :-P
Plus, it's always a good idea to keep a shop vac full of shit around
the house..... you just never can tell when an extra 5 or 10 gallons of
human feces will come in handy! Indeed, a VERY CLEVER PLUMBER!
Am I the only person who is in awe of the misplaced ingenuity and
dogged dedication to reinventing the wheel that we see in these
threads? And to extend the metaphor, you have apparently decided that
"round" is out of fashion, TRIANGLES are what everyone is using for
I think the shopvac idea is my favorite, although the chemical you have
to order special that boils your plumbing and makes you blind is a
close second. I like that "Betsy" says "Good luck. And please let me
know if it works". Call me a cynic but I'm betting that if the OP does
so "Betsy" will rupture an organ from laughing too hard. "Hey honey! I
got some rube to vacuum the CRAP out of his toilet" ...
Even if this idea appealed to me, I'm certain it wouldn't save any
money. My wife's rule is that only excrement-free appliances are
allowed back into our house. I doubt that a plumber is more expensive
than a new shop vac.
I grew up in a house with Flushometer toilets, which probably used 47
GPF but would flush an antelope down with no trouble. In my adult life
I've been around more "modern" designs, and I'm sure I've had to unclog
a toilet a hundred or two times. A plunger takes care of 90+% of the
clogs quickly and easily. The rest can be handled with a closet auger.
One of these days, we've got to design a high power, low flow model. Wiht a
screw auger waste movement system, and compressed air delivery system. The
Blamoflush 2000. Take a dump, and flush this baby, and you'll see manhole
covers down the street lift up about six inches. 1.6 galons per flush, but
the 10 SCFM compressor needed to operate it gets kinda noisy.
NASA installed one, and that's why the space shuttle was so far off course
that one time... someone pointed it out the side of the shuttle and pulled
the flush handle.
Got to be careful, if your neighbor gets a Blamoflush 2000, you need to
install a check valve on your soilpipe. Otherwise, if you're sitting on the
pot when your neighbor flushes, you'll need a towel to dry yourself off.
I'm not laughing, it was no joke. It works, it is cheap, and I'm disgusted
by the vulgar responses a guy got to his honest question.
Plumbers are expensive. The guy who cost me $600 to videotape my main line
used a shop vac to clean it out. I could have done that myself. And what
he "discovered" with his expensive camera was nothing I couldn't have
The shop vac works. It also works for clogged kitchen and bathtub drains.
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