Although some types of toilets are capable of flushing golf balls, your toilet may not be able to handle a small child's toy. Flushing a small building block, car, ball, or other toy can cause it lodge in your sewer lines, resulting in a serious overflow, a backed-up septic system, and possible home damage due to water and sewage. Teaching your child the dangers of flushing a toy down the toilet is essential, but knowing what to do after the toy is flushed is imperative for preventing costly, overwhelming repairs. Using this guide, you can quickly remove or dislodge a toy before it causes serious underlying problems.
Take the Plunge
Hopefully, you already own a plunger. If not, buy one to store near each toilet in your home. Using a plunger should be your first step in removing the toy from the toilet before it travels deeper into the septic system.
Place the rubber end of the plunger directly over the toilet's drain hole. Move the plunger's handle up and down a few times, ensuring it has a good suction over the drain hole. Once in place, move the plunger up and down multiple times, attempting to suction out the clogged toy from the toilet drain.
The plunger may release the toy easily from the toilet drain, allowing the water to flush and flow freely. If the plunger does not release the clogged toy, a more involved option is necessary.
Sneak the Snake
Visit your local hardware or home improvement store to purchase a plumber's snake. Also known as a cable augers, these tools range from $15 to 25 and are available in lengths up to 100 feet. However, a 25-foot auger is a sufficient option for your basic unclogging needs.
To use, complete the following steps:
- Slide the end of the auger into the drain hole of your toilet, making sure the handle faces the drain.
- Turn the handle of your auger clockwise, allowing it to reach the toy inside the toilet drain.
- Continue cranking the auger handle until it locks, releasing the clogged toy.
- After snaking the drain, flush the toilet to allow water to fill the bowl.
- If the flushing seems sluggish, use the auger a second time, ensuring the clog is completely free.
Without removal, a flushing toy can be an overwhelming problem. Using these simple tips, you can quickly and effectively remove the toy before it causes underlying septic issues. If neither of these are effective, it is time to call a plumber to take the toilet apart and fetch the toy by hand before it can cause problems in your sewer. If it has passed through, contact a company like Jaguar Water & Sewer Services Ltd sewage.