Asides from waste, sometimes objects can fall into the toilet. They can be unintentionally or even purposely placed there by a naughty child. If you find out the toys are so big and clumsy to get flushed out, this will require you to take care of the clog in a way that you would not normally handle with other blockages.
You can use some of the same tools to remove the object in the same way you would use them to unclog a toilet without a foreign object inside. There are, however, some subtle differences in how you use some of those same tools. In this article, we will look at how to get a toy out of the toilet. And in case the tools are not getting the objects out, we will also see how to dissolve plastic in toilet bowl with chemicals.
- 1 How to Get a Toy out of the Toilet
- 2 How to Dissolve Plastic in Toilet Bowl
- 3 How to Get Something out of a Toilet That was Flushed
- 4 Final Resort: Remove the Toilet
- 5 A Clogged Object Can Be Flushed Down, Removed, or Dissolved!
How to Get a Toy out of the Toilet
Here are ways to get a toy flushed out or removed from the toilet trapped:
Extract the object by hand with gloves on
Before doing anything else, including flushing the toilet more and forcing the object down the drain, try to remove the object by hand.
Put on a rubber glove if the thought of reaching into the toilet upsets you. Get as far from the siphon as you can without getting your wrist stuck, and pull out whatever objects you can feel. You can also try using a tool, such as a bent clothespin, to reach further into the toilet trap and hook the object.
Use a plunger to unclog the toilet
Use a plunger to unclog the toilet. However, if the item is valuable, you should not use the plunger to prevent the item from going all the way down the siphon and into the sewer or septic tank.
A plunger needs some standing water around the trap opening to work best. Funnel cup plungers work best with regular toilets that have an open bottom to your bowl. Once the toilet trap is covered with the plunger cup, pump its handle up and down to press and force the object through the pipe.
Use a snake
A toilet or bore snake is made up of a handle and a long flexible line with a hook at the end. You can use a pair of needle-nose pliers to make the hook at the end of the larger snake or hole, depending on the size of the object to be removed. Pass the end of the snake into the bowl and under the toilet trap, but be careful to avoid scratching the porcelain with the snake’s hook.
Once its end is inside the trapway, push it down the pipe until you feel resistance. Turn the handle to the right two or three times to hook the object, then remove the snake from the pipe.
How to Dissolve Plastic in Toilet Bowl
The idea of unclogging toilets with the use of chemicals comes with its dangers and drawbacks. Here are options, instructions, and information on doing it right.
Dissolving the plastic toys with caustic soda
This product to clean pipes, also known as sodium hydroxide, is one of the most popular which is used as an infallible solution for fixing clogging problems in pipes, drains, or sinks. But, the use of this product is not as reliable, nor as good, as it seems.
Caustic soda is a very powerful corrosive, which can help when unclogging pipes and toilets. This is because it dissolves all kinds of materials with great ease, both organic and inorganic.
Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide is the toilet bowl plunger par excellence or at least one of the most used.
To take advantage of its almost magical powers, you must heat water until it boils.
Before working with caustic soda powder, a nose mask should be used to avoid breathing the caustic soda. In addition, put on latex gloves or gardening-type gloves and wear safety glasses.
Start by pouring 3/4 gallon of water in a bucket and adding three cups of soda in the bucket. Mix with a stick until it fizzes and heats up. Pour the solution into the toilet and let it act for 30 minutes.
Then you will see how, little by little, the problem solves itself. Finally, flush the toilet with a bucket of hot water. Repeat the process if the clogging remains.
Another liquid to unclog pipes widely used and generally recommended is muriatic acid. But be careful because this trick can only be practiced in toilets with PVC pipes. It is also quite polluting, so you should think twice before using it.
If you want to use muriatic acid to unclog pipes, you must be very careful. First of all, it is advisable to wear a mask or at least glasses to protect your eyes, in addition to keeping the bathroom ventilated.
Pour in 1/2 cup of muriatic acid little by little and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then pour water slowly until the water runs clear. Repeat the muriatic acid dump, pour water again, and finally flush.
Make sure to clean all the containers you use and store the acid very well to avoid accidents.
How to Get Something out of a Toilet That was Flushed
You can get something out of a toilet that was flushed by using a vacuum. First, remove the vacuums collection tank top, then the filter, and the dry dust bag. Return the top back of the collection tank, turn the vacuum on, and push the vacuum hose inside the drain until you hear the object move. Now, start sucking out the water until the object passes through the hose.
Final Resort: Remove the Toilet
If your other extraction methods fail, you will need to remove the toilet from its wax ring on the floor to retrieve the item. Before removing it, you must turn off the faucet and disconnect the water line from the water supply valve. You should also remove the nuts from the cabinet bolts at the base of the toilet.
Once you’ve removed the toilet, lay it on its side on a thick blanket to avoid damaging the porcelain. With the toilet on your side, you are free to work on removing the stuck object. Once you’ve removed it, you need to scrape off the old wax ring and place a new one on the lip around the pipe opening in the floor, then reinstall the toilet. Tighten the bolts so the toilet won’t rock or move after reconnecting the water supply line.
A Clogged Object Can Be Flushed Down, Removed, or Dissolved!
Object clogs in a toilet require a different approach than other clogs. A plunger is the first tool you can always think of. Using acid to unclog pipes is a method that is always better left to professionals. But you can also try this out yourself if you’re careful enough and make use of PPE.