Blockage in toilet

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    • #276507
      Avatar photoMasterPlumbers

        My husband managed to flush the plastic tube from a toilet roll holder into the toilet. It does not appear to be fully blocked as it is flushing, however, it does seem to be draining slowly – it did seem blocked last night but after plunging it the water did go down, but as I said, quite slowly and we are not at all convinced that anything solid would go down. Could anyone suggest what we can do? Would a “snake” dislodge it?

      • #294278
        Avatar photocwmorris

          What a pain in the **** these husbands are, a snake will probably just go past it if its jamed in the pipe.Can you rod the drain from a manhole or access down stream.While rodding flush water down the pipe and watch to see if the roll goes past grab it if you can UGH.Normally anything flushed round the trap will go down the pipe unless it gets caught.Only other way is to get a drain jetting company to get it out try and get a firm price first, Good Luck. Colin

        • #294279
          Avatar photoracefanone

            Sounds like the roll is caught in the trap,call a plumber to take up the stool and remove the roll,not a big job.

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            Avatar photoAussie Plumber

              The toilet roll holder may be caught on the pan-connector on the outlet of the pan. Ive had a few blocked toilets now where those Ambi-Pur toilet freshners that hang off the side of the bowl have been flushed down the pan and get caught on the pan-connector rubber, which therefore blocks the toilet.

              If you plunge the toilet, you may dislodge the blockage, but the chances of it washing further down the drain and creating another blockage is very high.

              Your best bet wud be to get a plumber in to remove the pan and see if the toilet roll holder is either stuck on the rubber, or is caught inside the pan itself.
              The water will eventually make its way past the blockage, but any solids or toilet paper flushed down there will see the water level rise very quickly, which wudnt be too great if the toilet was just used, if you know what I mean.

              If its as simple as this, then most it shud be will be 30mins-1hr work, depending on the circumstances. All the plumber wud do is remove the pan, clean up the blockage and then re-fit the pan. And obviously the pan wud have to come out if the drain was goin to be rodded anyway.

              Hope this helps!!

              » This message has been edited by Aussie Plumber on 15 April 2003

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