How to retrieve a plastic comb in the toilet

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by autorun, May 13, 2010.

  1. autorun

    autorun New Member

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    My mom dropped a plastic comb (about 4 to 5 inch long and 1 inch wide) into the toilet while flushing it. Now it is caught in the trap part (I guess).

    What is the best way or tool for me to get it back out.

    The toilet will flush fine if you only go #1, it will clog (water go down very slowly) if you go #2 which my dad find out the hard way.

    Thanks.
  2. MACPLUMB 777

    MACPLUMB 777 TROJAN WORLDWIDE SALES RP

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    Go to big box store of your choice and get whats called a closet auger you hand crank

    it though the toilet trap until you feel it hang up then pull back !
  3. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    My preference for that job would be a 3' General Closet Auger with a Drop head...
    They don't sell those in big box stores...

    At Big Orange Box they sell the Ridgid equivalent which will probably work fine.
    I don't know why but for some reason I don't like them as much as the General model...
  4. autorun

    autorun New Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply, any danger of pushing the comb down and could potentially clog up the main drain or other toilets in the other bathroom? I would replace this toilet than to have it fall down into a part of the drain that can cause more problem.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    It's possible you could push it down. You could always pull the toilet and push it back the other way.
  6. autorun

    autorun New Member

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    I was try to avoid pull the toilet and push it back that way. That is why I ask for method or tools I can use first. Pull the toilet will be my last resort.




  7. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    More than likely, you will need to pull the bowl and use an auger from the bottom.
    A large end auger works best, though they don't sell them anywhere but at plumbing supplies.
    Homeowners don't get access to the tool that works.

    At some point, you will get tired of dealing with the mess, and decide to do what it takes to remove the comb.
    You might take a mirror and see if it's visible from the bowl. If it's stuck where you can see it, then maybe you can bend a coat hanger and pull it out.
  8. 3m

    3m New Member

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    Take a mirror so you can see inside the toilet and use one of the flexible claws that mechanics use and you can get it that way.
  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Remove the water from the toilet bowl. Then bend a coat hanger and slide it up into the toilet. Wiggle it around while jiggling it in and out and the comb should fall out. It NEVER made the turn at the top of the trap, so it just needs a little persuasion to fall back down. If you have a small mirror and a flashlight, you will see the comb and know where to push the coathanger. I once removed one of those hairdo picks, but for that I needed my Ridgid MiniSeeSnake to guide my hook.
  10. autorun

    autorun New Member

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    I got it out with a wire coat hanger, thanks to all for the advice.
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