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23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it, will a plumber likely have to remove and replace the toilet?

23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

If the snake isn’t clearing the stoppage, it’s not going to fix it by replacing the toilet. The stoppage is either a root cluster or some other sort of debris buildup. Your next move is to have a plumber come out and camera the line. With this tool, they will find out precisely what steps are necessary to clear it. You could get lucky, and it will be removed with root-cutting blades on a snake, or on the other end of the spectrum, you may have to replace your side sewer all the way to the mainline. Make sure the plumber tells you exactly where the problem lies. Not so much for a debris blockage, but if it’s an outside source such as tree roots made their way into the pipe or a collapse of the pipe itself, the city will have to pay for it if it’s on their side of your property line. If it’s on your side, then it’s on you. Make sure you get documentation and a copy of the video from the plumber so that you can show the city the problem if it’s on their side. Good luck to you

If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it, will a plumber likely have to remove and replace the toilet?

The only reason the toilet would need to be replaced is if it is broken or cracked. The clog is likely going to be in the 4″ drain. It may be possible the toilet will need to be removed, the pipe snaked out, and the toilet re-installed but not replaced. I only once had to replace a bathroom because a plastic bottle had gotten stuck in the toilet itself, and I was beyond getting it out. (Her three-year-old boy had tried to flush it)

If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it, will a plumber likely have to remove and replace the toilet?

No one wants to lift a toilet unless necessary. If the clog is in your plumbing below, and there are no cleanouts, then yes, they will raise it to snake down the line. Also, combs, pens, toys, etc., get dropped in the toilet and wedged near the outlet. Those will usually let water pass well but clog in an instant with paper of solids. To retrieve them, you lift the toilet! If it is an ancient toilet, mineral buildup will hamper the flow of water through it, and it just won’t flush. In that case, a new bathroom is in order. So, it depends on what the issue is.

If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it, will a plumber likely have to remove and replace the toilet?

A plunger should do the job. If not, a twenty-foot snake should do the job, depending on how far it is from where the horizontal run drops to a vertical run. SHORT OF A DAMAGED TOILET, I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF REPLACING A TOILET FOR A CLOG. If you didn’t flush anything but human waste and bio-degradable toilet paper down the toilet, time alone will loosen up your blockage to a point. Hopefully, you don’t have a shifted sewer pipe, a frozen sewer pipe, or a sewer pipe blockage caused by tree roots. Before you get ripped off by a plumber, request a camera inspection of the line.

If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it, will a plumber likely have to remove and replace the toilet?

Very seldom, he’s going to have to replace a toilet unless there’s a crack in it and it’s leaking. Generally, if he does have to remove it, then he can clean it out from both ends. Keep in mind what a toilet does. It creates a water seal between the sewer system and your house. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why there’s water in the bowl that seals the gases from coming back up out of the sewer pipe, so you don’t have methane gas in the house. That’s all it does. That’s the whole purpose of it. Matt also Aids in getting stuck down the pipe and out the end of the line where the pumps are. If you’re on a city system, the pumps can handle it, and there’s always enough of an incline so that it will travel. Then, it will get picked up by the powerful forces that are being used to transport sewerage to the processing plant. No, I have a septic system, so there’s a slight tendency for the water to flow to the tank through the 4 sure pipe. Keep in mind one thing: if you are getting your clock, you are not flushing it enough. It’s that simple. There is no other reason it would clog while you’re putting things down that shouldn’t be put down in the first place. If you buy the right toilet paper before and actually leave the bowl, it’s already starting to dissolve; that’s what chemistry is involved in toilet paper. Cheap toilet paper will not dissolve as easily as good toilet paper. Now, I know they don’t teach this in the classroom, but they should. The reason I know it is because I am a shop teacher. I teach people how to use tools and how to do processes and how to make the thing and how to repair something, and I’m 82, and I’m very good at it because I’ve answered questions for you many times, but lately, it gets a little overdone don’t you think.

What happens if you flush a snake down the toilet?

No problem will reappear as happened here:

In the mid-1970s, I worked for an American burger restaurant chain in London in charge of electrical maintenance called “The Great American Success.” At the Kensington branch (now a shoe shop), the Iranian chef had a pet boa constrictor snake (3ft long), which he kept as a mouse and rat killer in the restaurant’s rear kitchen. One day, it disappeared, and nobody could find it. The chef was very upset. At the front of the restaurant in the basement was a store room with the ladies’ and gents’ toilets next to it. At that time, all the servers wore mini skirts as part of their uniforms. One evening, while the place was very busy, a loud screaming came from the toilets that could be heard at the back of the kitchens as well as throughout the whole place! So loud we thought a girl had been attacked, murdered, or raped. The doorman, the manager, one of the kitchen staff, and I ran to the toilets, expecting the worst. We rushed into the ladies, and the doorman kicked the door to the stall open where the screaming was coming from. The boa constrictor had come out of the toilet just as the young waitress was sitting down! The chef came from the kitchen and was overjoyed to get his snake back! It was never reported, as no member of the public was involved, and the health inspector probably would have had something to say about mice, rats, and snakes in the restaurant! The waitress and snake were unharmed.

How much money does it cost to call a plumber to fix a clogged toilet?

Try this before getting a plumber. Get yourself an old string mop or a new one if needed. Put the head of the mop into the toilet and the water all the way to the bottom. Then, use a big plunger & flush the bathroom with a mop in there to form an air lock that keeps plunging. It works eight times out of 10 for me anyway.

How much money does it cost to call a plumber to fix a clogged toilet?

It depends on what kind of Plumber you call. If you call a full-service Plumbing Company, the charge could be anywhere from $125.00 and up. If it’s a sewer and drain cleaning Company, the charge could be as low as $65.00. Also, it depends on where the clog is. If it’s right in the bowl and can be cleared with a toilet auger, it’s quick. If the clog is more severe, the toilet may have to be lifted off the floor to clear the blockage, and that can cost more $$$!

How much money does it cost to call a plumber to fix a clogged toilet?

It is also a factor of where you live. Where I live, the charge for almost anything mechanical is $85 to get the truck to your driveway if they are local. Any work is additional at the same rate hourly, and one minute is as good as 60. If they come out of Atlanta, it typically costs 200 dollars to get the truck in the driveway and then an hourly fee for any work. Life in the outback has its rewards, but it is not without a price.

What can cause toilets to flush poorly? Both upstairs and downstairs toilets are doing this, and a plumber told us it’s the toilets, not a clog. Both bathrooms are old.

23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

Two toilets failing simultaneously seems unlikely compared with one drain falling.

The “Toilets” might not be clogged, point 2

The air vent could be blocked; point 1

Or the sewer line could be stopped, point 3

But replacing the toilet won’t fix the problem in 1 or 3

Depends on what you mean by “flush poorly.”

Is water not getting into the bowl or not leaving the bowl?

What can cause toilets to flush poorly? Both upstairs and downstairs toilets are doing this, and a plumber told us it’s the toilets, not a clog. Both bathrooms are old.

23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

If the toilets were working fine at one time, then there is no reason to replace them as that is not your problem. Most of the time, this sort of problem turns out to be the vent pipe. Birds like to get into them and build nests. But occasionally, in older housing, a tree root grows into the sewer line.

Your kitchen sink will be the way to tell if the sewer line is your problem. Fill it almost entirely with water and open the outlet all at once. Does it drain slowly as well? If it does, you likely have a blockage of some kind in the sewer line.

Another way to determine this is to time how long it takes each toilet to empty. Then, flush both precisely at the same time using a second person. If the time it takes for the toilets to drain nearly doubles when you flush both at the same time, then you either have a blockage of some kind in the sewer line or if the two toilets are above each other, it could as quickly be the single gas vent used by both.

Gas vents are easy to clean out yourself, but you have to climb up on the roof to do this. It will be a two to three-inch pipe coming out of the roof over the toilet area. It will typically have a little rain cap over it.

A clogged sewer line is not really something that you can handle yourself. It takes special equipment to go down through the cleanout line and cut away whatever is blocking the sewer line. The Roto-Rooter Co. originally designed the equipment needed to do this.

The key to your problem is that two separate toilets started doing this. That should tell you that the toilet does not cause it. Older toilets generally flush much better than new ones because they use more water per flush. So, I would certainly not replace them.

I am sure that your Plumber already knows this. But he cannot charge much for just cleaning out a bird’s nest. Replacing two toilets is a much bigger job and lots more money for the Plumber.

What can cause toilets to flush poorly? Both upstairs and downstairs toilets are doing this, and a plumber told us it’s the toilets, not a clog. Both bathrooms are old.

23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

My previous house had American Standard toilets made in 1927. They were working fine when I sold the house in 2016, so that is 89 years of exemplary service times two. I had replaced the rubber flappers and the fill valves.

My “new” house has American Standard toilets installed in 1954, plus one that is a couple of years old. The old ones work fine, with replacement flappers and fill valves.

What will cause a snake to come out from a WC (water closet) toilet?

23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

The snake follows the sewer pipe it got into, seeking a way out. This happens with sewer systems that also collect rainwater.

A dedicated sewer system that only collects sewage is a closed system that empties at the sewage treatment facility, and animals cannot enter the pipes in that type.

The kind that also collects rainwater is open to any animals that can fit into the pipes. They use the same openings that collect rainwater and explore.

Some pipes lead to toilets, with a small pocket of water just before the bowl that they dive into, which brings them into the bowl and, from there, the house.

This type of system often shelters rats, and they, too, sometimes come into the toilet bowl. Some of the snakes in the pipes may be hunting rats to eat.

By the way, Plumber’s snakes are seeking obstructions rather than rats.

I clogged my toilet. It’s at the rim. Will it go down all by itself? What do I do?

23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

Use a plunger to try and push the clog down into the sewer. Then, the water will drain itself down to the top of the P-trap, where the average level is.

I clogged my toilet. It’s at the rim. Will it go down all by itself? What do I do?

3 WORDS!!! Air Drain Basster!!

Plungers usually get the job done, but sometimes there’s a big mess, or you’re stuck trying to figure out another way to unclog the toilet.

An air drain blaster from Gadget Gerbil will make your life so much easier and help you unclog a toilet much faster.

All you’re doing is shooting up some strong air pressure to help push out whatever is clogging your toilet in the first place.

How do you tell if your toilet is partially clogged?

A partially clogged toilet has a telltale sign. The water will not flush rapidly, and sometimes, it will begin to back up into the bowl. Usually, a plunger will clear the blockage, or you might have to use a “Snake” to remove the line. If worse comes to worse and the toilet still does not flush effectively, you will have to call a plumber.

When a snake fails to fix a slow-draining toilet, what is the best way to diagnose the problem?

There are so many different things that can cause a slow-draining toilet; diagnosing the problem is best done by someone with experience.

Toilets typically drain slowly when there is something caught in the toilet trap or the drain serving the toilet is clogged or partially blocked.

If water flows from the tank to the bowl as it should, the next thing to do is try to clear the toilet trap with a closet auger.

If that doesn’t resolve the problem, remove the toilet and see if you can find something lodged in the trap, or you might find another problem at that point. I once found Q-tips partially blocking the drain at the toilet connection. I have discovered toothbrushes, mascara applicators, small toiletry containers, toys, and so on in many toilets. If you don’t see anything, now is an excellent time to snake the drain all the way out to the municipal sewer connection. If the problem persists, the vent serving the drain may be clogged. If the toilet drains slowly and then “burps” before it drains more, the vent is probably blocked. I have encountered many toilets where something is lodged in the toilet trap that is not visible and not removable with a closet auger. I only found out what it was after replacing the toilet and breaking it open.

When a snake fails to fix a slow-draining toilet, what is the best way to diagnose the problem?

A2A

1–800-callhelp.

I have a local plumber on speed dial. He has done more than $1000 of work based on texts—Todd! Help!. He left a bill, and I sent a check.

Life is too short for DIY plumbing.

(I have replaced a toilet myself in a one-toilet home; I am not incompetent. I don’t enjoy plumbing and prefer to pay someone who comes with all the tools in the toolbox.)

I accidentally flushed two unflushable wipes down the toilet, but the bathroom is not clogged or anything. Can I remove or dissolve those wipes without a plumber? If I do nothing, will my toilet eventually get clogged? Please help!

If I thought that a few wipes had gone down the toilet and were now sitting somewhere in the waste line before the municipal sewer, I would plan for a flush with considerably more water for the wipes to float in, and then travel the full length to the sewer line.

The toilet can flush from the water of a full bucket, poured into the bowl. I would have a couple of buckets, or a bucket and an empty plastic waste basket filled and ready. Then, I would flush the toilet, followed by the two buckets’ worth in close succession.

After that, I would not worry about it.

I accidentally flushed two unflushable wipes down the toilet, but the bathroom is not clogged or anything. Can I remove or dissolve those wipes without a plumber? If I do nothing, will my toilet eventually get clogged? Please help!

Even the flushable ones can cause problems, and here’s why. The wipes are usually made of a material that tends to be “stringy” or made up of filaments kinda bonded into a sheet. When plumbers install septic pipes, they seldom clean up the edges of the pipes where they cut them, leaving small splinters on the inner edges. The sheets get snagged here and will sometimes continue to accumulate any debris that comes by, especially if there’s not a lot of water volume, such as from a water-saving toilet.

It’s just not a good thing to do at all. I know this all too well, as I had a teen daughter block mine up twice with them. I finally told her she would personally pay for the plumber the next time if he pulled a damn wad of wipes out of my pipes. They’re entirely banned in my house now.

Can snakes come up through a toilet?

23:If a toilet clog is past the point where a snake can remove it?

I initially answered* this regarding the “rats coming up in a toilet urban legend.”

One day, my son asked if I had put anything in the downstairs toilet. When I said no, he said I should take a look. I opened the lid, and there was a substantial dead gray squirrel. It took me a bit, but I finally figured out what happened.

We had a lot of trees near the house, and seeing squirrels running across the roof was a fairly common sight. Apparently, curiosity got the better of this guy regarding those open black vent pipes on the roof; he decided to explore and dove in but learned once he got inside the pipe, there was no way to turn around, nor could he crawl backward, so he was forced to continue going forward looking for a way out.

He eventually got to the toilet, where thankfully the lid was closed, and because the water in a bathroom was cold combined with exhaustion, he froze to death. Squirrels are fast with extremely sharp teeth and claws. Can you imagine;

  • If the lid wasn’t closed, the damage a scared, pissed-off bundle of claws and teeth could have done running around the house looking for a way out could have done?
  • If he was still alive and you sat down to take care of business, what damage could he have done to your parts?
  • If you didn’t look before taking care of business only to see what was in after that? No wonder I had a gut ache.

Wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes. In other words, yes, rats can come up in a toilet. Keep in mind that water delivery pipes are always full of water drain pipes, which only have a lot of water in them when they are draining, so they are mostly air.

*Many critters, rats, mice, squirrels, snakes, bugs, etc., can come up in a toilet; all they have to do is find a way into the drain system. In the city, rats are pretty common in the extensive sewer mains and occasionally set out on an exploratory mission down those smaller pipes.

FYI-Most people learned in school that raw sewage is not pleasant and can, in fact, have some rather nasty side effects. Those animals were not in class that day, and what would make us puke was an array of delightful smells, tastes, and treats.

For those homes not hooked up to the big pipe, before there were any regulations on septic systems, it wasn’t uncommon for people to run a 4-inch pipe out to a ditch, a field, the woods, or a river/lake/pond. That was an open-door invitation (plus stunk up the area).

Today, you can’t do that; you are supposed to have a tank and some drain field, which makes it a little bit more of a challenge for wildlife to enter your plumbing drain system. However, those requirements are relatively new; in some states, they are only a few decades on the books.

One out of every four homes in America is on a “septic system,” and of those 25+ million systems, about half are 30+ years old. That means there are more than 12 million “systems” that could still be nothing more than one of those dinner bell pipes to a ditch. The enforcement of getting people to upgrade their systems to a natural treatment system has not been very effective because people have the attitude, “My toilet flushes fine. Why fix (spend money on) something that ain’t broke?”

And for those people just waiting for the “city” to run the pipe out, that is not only FAR more expensive, it brings more problems, including depleting your drinking water supplies. Stay tuned…this is one of those engineering disasters in the making.

IF YOU THOUGHT PAYING $4 A GALLON FOR GAS WAS BAD, WAIT UNTIL YOU START PAYING $10 TO TAKE A SHOWER.

How can I fix a clogged toilet without calling a plumber?

First off, be sure that it is the toilet that is plugged; this can be done by trying to flush the toilet; if you notice that water bubbles the sink or comes up the bathtub or shower, you have a main drain issue and a plumber will need to be called to auger the main drain.

Usually, toilets can be unplugged using a plunger. Tryy to add a bit of water to bring the water level up a bit. Take your plunger and push it to the bottom of the toilet, where everything exits the restroom. While pressed to the bottom of the bathroom, try to plunge using only fast plunges, about a 2–3 inch range of motion as fast as possible. This may take more than one attempt. After a few tries, you may want to call a service plumber. They have a tool called a toilet auger that can usually clear the toilet in those more giant clogs.

Someone flushed a potato down my toilet, and it’s clogged my drain; sewage is washing back up into my bathtub. How would I dissolve the potato? I can’t afford a plumber, and my landlord is refusing to do anything.

I have the easiest fix of all: threaten to sue the landlord and share pictures on social media.

In most areas, the landlord is required to keep the building livable, and a bathtub full of shit obviously runs contrary to that. Even if you caused the damage, the landlord should still have to repair it and deduct the cost of repair from the security deposit you paid upon signing the lease. Of course, if the landlord is broke and has already spent the security deposit, he’s going to have to do the work himself.

If you’re living there without a lease, you’re on your own. If it were my place, I would remove the toilet and reach into the drain with some hook to grab the potato and pull it out. It’s only a few feet down the drain if the tub is the only place sewage is backing up.

Don’t get squeamish now; we have soap and water for a reason. A potato big enough to plug a three or 4″ drain line isn’t going to come out without a mess, and that’s why the landlord is trying to get out of doing it. Unfortunately, it’s part of the job.

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