A cutting knife was flushed down the toilet.. and disappeared!

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Mel Kale, Nov 4, 2020.

  1. Mel Kale

    Mel Kale New Member

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    Hi!

    Renovations have been going on in my bathroom and a cutting knife has been flushed down the toilet by accident.

    I tried to use the Cobra Power Plunge-it to make it reappear but nothing happened.

    Thank you in advance for your help!
     
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    If it's a small knife, perhaps it went through, though most of the time I would guess that it's in the trapway somewhere. Sometimes I have to pull the bowl and run an auger from the bottom, hoping to push things back out the way they came.

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  4. Mel Kale

    Mel Kale New Member

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    Thank you for your reply Terry! The knife is in fact a snap-off knife (regular size yellow ones), so quite big. I will most probably have to remove the toilet indeed. Will I have to change the rubber joint if I remove the toilet?
     
  5. breplum

    breplum Member

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    Toilets are typically set with a "wax" ring. We use the 'no seep' style, though plumbers have been known to like one style over the other.
    There can be issues when removing a toilet and often we want to use a snake as Terry shows, to aid the process.
    Also, sometimes we need to install new closet bolts and/or shims to level the toilet.
    Not the easiest thing for first timer w/o experience.
     
  6. JohnCT

    JohnCT Still learning..slowly

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    Hopefully the knife is still the bowl trap and didn't get further.

    John
     
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