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Help! My Child Flushed Superman Down the Toilet!

How to retrieve toys cell phones toilet

If you have small children, you will have this problem at least once in your life: your child flushes something down the toilet. Even if you don’t have children, you might accidentally drop something into the toilet and flush it. Either way, you might have two problems: you lost the item and the toilet gets clogged.

Flushed Toilet Items: Toys Cell Phones Cloth Diaper Wipes

Some of the most common items flushed down the toilet are cloth diaper wipes, cell phones, and toys. If the toilet gets clogged, the first line of defense is, of course, the nearby plunger. The purpose of the plunger is to create suction that pushes a clog on out into the sewer system. Many of the traditional bowl-shaped plungers have a problem getting enough suction to do the job properly in a modern toilet. If possible, obtain a plunger with a flange on the bottom that will fit down into the opening in the bottom of the toilet. An even more powerful plunger has an accordion-type ball that intensifies the action of the water in removing the clog.

How to Retrieve Objects Flushed Down the Toilet

If you want to retrieve the object that got flushed down, place the plunger in the bottom of the toilet and gently push until the air is completely out of the bowl of the plunger. Then, jerk the plunger up with a quick motion. The causes the vacuum to suck the water back into the toilet where you can reach it. (It goes without saying that you should be wearing gloves.) Repeat the “gentle down, quick pull” action until you see the object.

If you do not care to retrieve the object (say, excess toilet paper or waste), you would reverse the motion. Seat the plunger in the bottom of the toilet and push down quickly. Gently pull up and repeat until the clog is cleared.

Finally, have a serious talk with your children about how toys do not enjoy being flushed. And the fish and aquatic creatures do not enjoy having plastic, metal, or glass being flushed into the water supply. The ONLY thing that should be flushed is your excretions and toilet paper. If parents are not forced to perform DIY plumbing with the toilet snake, they have more time to play with the children!