My three year old son flushed his underwear down the toilet! My wife
then started flushing the toilet to get the underwear down into the
sewer. I even tried a plunger. When we flush the toilet, the toilet
bowl fills up and then slowly drains. This tells me that the underwear
is still in the pipes. What can I do to get the underwear out? Is
there something that I rent from a hardware store? Or some other
technique that I can use without having to call a plumber?
Please post the answer because my email gets very full with spam!
Enzymes? Muriatic acid?
At least it wasn't a cell phone.
Seriously, it's quite possible it hasn't gone very far. Try taking the
toilet bowl off. You will have to use a wax ring or plumber's putty when
you put it back again.
Plumbing snake. They're not expensive, a 25' one should suffice. If you
can't fit it through the trap in the toilet, then pull the toilet off
and run the snake through. Check the trap in the toilet too.
You could start by buying one of those short plumbing snake devices that are
made for toilets. They sell them at Home Depot, etc. They are made to
snake into the toilet and go only a couple of feet into the drain, and they
have a crank handle on them. If you are lucky, it will snag onto the
underwear and you can pull it back out. If the underwear gets pushed down
further, there's a good chance that it will get stuck somewhere else in the
The other option was already suggested -- take the toilet off -- and see if
the underwear is stuck in the toilet.
mrwoopey Spilled my beer when they jumped on the table and proclaimed
I would start with one of those wire plumbing snakes, and hope I
snag the skivvies. <G> If that doesn't work, only other way might be
to take the toilet off the floor and hope the undies aren't too far
down the pipe...
I would start cheap and easy...unwrap a wire coat-hanger, bend a a
hook on the end and go fishing for undies. Chances are, they haven't
gotten very far. If they are beyond the hanger, then maybe step up to
the snake. Personally, pulling the toilet out would be my last
resort...if the water shut-off valve is old, it will probably break or
leak ever after (if you even have one) plus you will have to install
new seal rings, too.
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