this darned toilet!!

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Old 01-27-01, 12:39 PM
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Hello
I had trouble with my toilet being partially clogged about 2 months ago..
and it seems to have resurfaced...
I plunged the hell out of it last time and it fixed itself..
But now it won't.
what happens is the bowl fills up almost to overflow then it doesnt seem to suck down the waste
the waste that it does take down often comes back up when i plunge.
when I do manage to get it all to go down, it takes every bit of water and then goes right back to the same thing next time its used.
I really cant afford a plumber.
what can I try?
~Momof3
 
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Old 01-27-01, 01:44 PM
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A toilet has its own built-in trap. If too much paper and/or a small object (plastic toy, etc.) gets lodged in the trap, then it will create the flushing problem that you describe.
If plunging hasn't helped, then the next thing to try is a plumber's toilet auger. It has a 3' handle, a short spring with a hook on the end, and a crank to turn it.
Hand-feed the auger up into the trap through the bowl and crank it around to try to dislodge the obstacle. You may be able to pull it out or push it through into the drain to flush it away.
IF that doesn't work, you will have to pull the toilet to dislodge it from underneath. Pulling and replacing a toilet is not as difficult as you may think (it just takes a new wax seal and two new toilet bolts).
Try the auger. If that doesn't work, just come back here, and we'll help you with the how-to in pulling the toilet.
Good Luck!


 
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Old 01-27-01, 04:39 PM
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Try a toilet auger, it looks like this find them and Home Depot
 
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Old 01-27-01, 09:41 PM
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Thanks you so much guys!
And OldGuy ( I really don't like to call anyone OldGuy )..You had it right on the nose.
When it first clogged, my 2yr old had managed to flush a small plastic motorcycle toy in there.
I am guessing it is still lodges in there,
Or she stuffed something new in there.
We shall see!
I am going to deal with it until I can get to a hardware place.
They rent those (snakes) out?
Either way, I'll let yas know what comes OUT! :P
Thanks so much, again. ~Momof3
 
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Old 01-27-01, 11:16 PM
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It is probably cheaper to buy a toilet auger than rent one. And with a two year old, you probably have a couple of more years of "adventures" left!
 
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Old 01-28-01, 12:05 AM
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How much do they run, approximately?
And I know the *adventures* all too well!!
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Old 01-28-01, 06:40 AM
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Those toilet augers are not expensive, and it sounds like you will get a LOT of use out of it.
Go to a big box and buy one.
Don't worry about calling me OldGuy. It started as a joke, and I just kept it for my D-I-Y nick. After all, 58 IS rolling up on geezerdom. LOL.
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