It is really worrisome when you flush objects in the toilet, whether it is deliberate or by accident. Those who have toddlers in their homes are prone to them flushing items such toys, car keys and other small objects in the toilet that may end up creating clogs. The most unfortunate part is that such incidence happens at the least expected time.
Drain toilets allows water to pass through hence the items will always remain at the bottom of the toilet or in the drain. If you are caught in such a situation, you can follow these 4 simple methods to retrieve your objects from the toilet trap instead of calling a plumber and to avoid spending of extra cash.
Grabbing the object with your hand
The first method that you can use to remove items from the toilet trap is by trying to grab the object with your hand if the object is visible. To ensure your safety, put on a pair of gloves, preferable elbow-length rubber gloves. Then use a disposable container to scoop all the water, for easy reach. Grab the object, hold then pull it out. Ensure you wash your hands thoroughly after this process.
Using a hook or a bent hanger
Another method that you can use to remove objects from toilet trap is using a hook or a bent hanger. Untwist the metal hanger’s neck until your hanger is as straight as possible, then bend one end into a hook-like shape depending on the shape of your toilet drain. Make sure it is able to bend into the drain pipe. You can then try to grab and remove the item in the toilet drain gently to avoid pushing the item further.
Using a vacuum
Using this method you first need to remove the vacuums collection tank top, followed by the filter and the dry dust bag to prevent the filter from growing mildew then return the top back of the collection tank. Turn the vacuum on, then hold the vacuums hose and try pushing it inside the drain as far as possible until you feel or hear your item move. Point the item with the hose opening the start sucking the water with the vacuum until the object passes through the hose.
Always ensure you empty the collection tank when it’s full until your item is sucked into the hose or until your collection tank is full, you need to try as many times as possible. When you have retrieved your item, flush your toilet at least twice.
Removing the toilet
Last but not least, you can remove items from your toilets by removing the toilet. All you need to do is first you need to turn off the water supply by turning your toilets’ valve anticlockwise several times till you can’t turn it anymore. You can also turn the water off from the main water supply. Remove your toilets water tank to allow easy access of the tank. Ensure there is no water remaining in the toilet bowl to help avoid the splashing and spilling of water.
You can unscrew all the screws and bolts from the bottom of your toilet then remove your toilet (one-piece toilet or two-piece toilet) from the floor. You then need to detach your water supply line to the tank of your toilet by twisting the large plastic bolt that has ridges clockwise, and then you remove your toilet. Reach for your flushed item using your and retrieve it through the waste opening.
Always ensure you retrieve your objects you accidentally flash in the toilet as fast as possible to prevent them from getting destroyed, especially items that are rarely salvageable like phones. You can then turn it off, remove the battery and put in a bowl of dry rice to dry them. You will be able to retrieve your objects using any of these methods.