Sometimes in life, some things are usually beyond our control. We could accidentally drop certain items, maybe your keys, phones, rings, or objects that are of importance to you in your toilet. But when you have kids, the situation might be different. This is because most kids are usually fascinated and intrigued by watching their toys or other objects disappear. To them, these seem like magic, unknowing that it’s the beginning of a plumbing nightmare for you.
However, when stuff like this happens, they are usually at the least expected time, which makes it very annoying and frustrating, especially when they are flushed down. Flushing an item or object down the toilet is worrisome. Still, thankfully, most toilet drains are made only to allow the passage of water. The objects, on the other hand, are often caught at the bottom of the toilet or in the drain. When objects get caught up, this creates clogs.
Clogs, however, cause your toilet drains to be sluggish or sometimes causes the water in the basin to overflow to the rim upon flushing. Therefore, whenever you observe that your toilet drain is being sluggish or water overflowing to the rim, then you should know that your toilet is clogged. Nevertheless, rather than rushing to your phone to call a plumber, there are some steps you can attempt to get the object out yourself—thereby saving yourself from incurring an unplanned (or expensive) bill.
With these useful tips, tricks, and tools, you’ll learn how to get a toy out of the toilet, and how to get something out of a toilet that was flushed.
How to Get a Toy out of the Toilet?
The first thing to do when you want to get a toy out of the toilet is to assess the situation. Assessing the situation gives you an insight into the type of toy that’s in the toilet and saves yourself from unnecessary stress. Because all you might need to do is flush the toilet a couple of times if the toy is small.
Besides, you might find the toy floating on the surface, or you might just see only a portion of it. If this is the case, then you’re lucky. Just put out the toy using your hands. You can do this by rolling up your sleeves, putting on a pair of gloves (preferably elbow-length rubber gloves), then take a deep breath, grab the object and put it out.
But if the objects ain’t visible, then you’ll need a toilet auger or hook—a bent hanger might work well too. Make sure the auger (or hook) is straight, then bend one end into a larger hook, and insert it into the toilet bowl and the drain pipe. Slowly pull out the hook and grab the toy, then gently pull it out.
You can also use a drain snake to get your object or toy out of the toilet if they are far down the toilet drain. You’ll need to stick the hooked end of the snake into the drain until you reach the location the object is. Once you’re confident of the area, push the hook past it and then grab the item as you pull the snake up.
There is a high probability that, using the tricks above, you would be able to remove your toy (or object) from the toilet. But if you happen to flush them down, then try the tricks below on how ` get something out of a toilet that was flushed.
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.
Lastly, if after all this and you’re still not able to pull out the toy, then it’s time to proceed to the final step—which is removing the toilet. First, you need to shut down the water supply, and then remove the nuts that secure the toilet to the floor. To avoid splashing and spilling of water, make sure there is no water remaining in the toilet bowl. Disassemble the toilet and remove the toy (or object) from the toilet.
With all the tips, tricks, and tools mentioned above, now you have an experience of what to do just in case you want to remove an object from your toilet trap.