As a homeowner, you are probably already familiar with the various tasks to clean and maintain your home. From replacing shingles on your roof to clearing lint from your dryer vent, these tasks are necessary for protecting your investment. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on your toilets and septic lines. Considering flushed toys can clog toilets, resulting in possible leaks, water damage, or serious septic issues, learning how to remove these flushed objects is essential. Using these tips, you can remove a flushed toy before it causes costly, time-consuming, and stressful damage to your plumbing and septic system.
At the first sign of a clog, reach for your plunger before the toy moves further into your toilet drain. You most likely have a plunger in each of your bathrooms, but you may not know the proper way to use it.
Center the rubber end of your plunger directly over the drain hole of your toilet. Be sure it grips the toilet before beginning the plunging process. Move the handle of your plunging tool up and down a few times to check if the rubber has a grasp on the toilet. Once the connection is secure, move the plunger up and down multiple times to release the clog. In most cases, the plunging motion will release the toy back into the toilet bowl as the water drains.
Unfortunately, the plunger does not always release the toy and unclog your toilet. However, using a plumber's snake can help. Visit your local hardware or home improvement store to purchase a flexible, metal plumber's snake, which can cost between $8 and $40.
Gently slide the snake into the toilet's drain hole, but be sure the tool's handle faces the direction of the drain. Once in position, crank the handle in a clockwise motion to reach the toy inside your toilet drain. This motion will unclog the toilet by releasing the toy from the drain.
If the plunging or snaking tools do not remove the clog from your toilet, you may need to remove the entire toilet to find the toy. Complete the following steps to prevent the toy from moving further into your septic system:
- Line your floors with old towels to prevent water damage
- Flush the toilet to remove water from inside the bowl.
- Place a pot or bucket under the drain nut under the toilet tank. Remove the nut.
- Remove the tank lid and lift the water inlet to drain the water from the tank into the pot or bucket.
- Turn off the water at the water shut-off valve.
- Locate the bolt covers of the toilet on your bathroom floor. Use a wrench to hold the nuts in place while removing the bolts with a screwdriver.
- Lift the toilet off the floor gently, being careful to not chip or break the porcelain.
- Reach into the bottom of the toilet. Locate and remove the toy.
- Reattach the toilet to the floor using the same bolts and covers. Be sure to tighten the nuts properly. Turn the water valve on to refill the toilet before reconnecting the inlet inside your tank.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Emergency Response Plumbing & Drain or a similar company.