Drain auger slipped into toilet

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Old 02-06-19, 09:02 PM
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Drain auger slipped into toilet

So, I used a 25 ft auger to try and clear a clog that was making my toilet flush very slowly and the cable completely slipped out of the shell and into the toilet.

is there any chance that I could reach the cable and pull it out if I remove the toilet?

The toilet is still flushing slowly is there any chance the is caught onto whatever is clogging the toilet and still within reach?

How screwed am I here?
 
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Old 02-06-19, 09:49 PM
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Is this on the first or second floor ?
Can you see the drain stack in the basement ?
There may be a cleanout in it where you could check for the snake.
If this is a second floor bathroom.... it would be doubftul that removing the toilet would expose the snake but it may be worth a shot.
 
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Oh man, the toilet is on the second floor. I know next to nothing about plumbing. Any insight on where the snake may have ended up, and how a plumber would go about removing it. Where do I go from here?
 
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Old 02-06-19, 10:11 PM
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The toilet drain line runs horizontal until it hits the main plumbing stack in the nearby wall. The stack is vertical. The weight would have carried it down the wall.

Did it slip out and slowly go into the toilet or was it moving pretty fast ?
Can you see the big pipes in the basement ?
The red line is where the snake would go. It could be just wedged somewhere in the line. You'd want to get it out quickly because toilet paper and poo will drag it in further.

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The snake slipped in really fast.

I can see those pipes in my basement, would it have ended up near a cleanout? how would i go about getting it out?
 
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Old 02-07-19, 12:33 AM
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There's a good chance it will be across the cleanout.
You'd need a big wrench to open the cleanout cap and then just look inside.
 
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In the future don't snake through a toilet. The long, complex shape of the toilet's trap makes it difficult to operate a snake. You can use a toilet auger for clearing the toilet but the toilet should be removed whenever using a traditional auger.

To find your missing auger I would remove the toilet. The multiple bends and friction in the drain pipe should hold it in place so hopefully you'll see the end of it right there when you remove the toilet.
 
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