What is this bird-nest thing in the toilet drain?

Old 06-28-07, 12:56 PM
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Question What is this bird-nest thing in the toilet drain?

Wondering if this is a common problem. Have been having problems with slow toilet draining and it wasn't the fixture. Pulled the toilet up and discovered this ugly wad of fine roots, hair and G-d only knows what else, constricting the pipe just below the wax ring. It looks like a disgusting bird's nest. After pulling the mess/mass out (it came up easily, didn't seem really attached to anything) the drain runs just fine. Any ideas on what this was of junk is? "Roots in the line" usually means tree roots farther along the pipe, this was restricted to only hanging just below the toilet fixture. If it were in an animal gut it probably would qualify as a "bezoar" but is there a technical term for this thing/situation? thanks
Old 06-28-07, 05:19 PM
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Welcome to the forums! I have only seen this once, and many years ago. What happened in this instance was some seeds were spilled in the area prior to seating the toilet and somehow they grew, probably like bean sprouts do under your cabinet in a jar. Once cleaned out all was normal. Wow, to see it happen twice is neat. Hopefully you won't have a repeat.

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