What To Do When You Flush The Unflushable

What To Do When You Flush The Unflushable

Kids are known to get into a bit of mischief when left to their own devices for even a second. Toys, socks, papers, and other “unflushables” find their way into the toilet, and your little one is fascinated at the thought of watching it go down. The next thing you know, you’ve got a toilet that is clogged, overflowing, and in need of some serious professional attention. It’s not just little ones; even some adults are known to flush the occasional unflushable, not realizing it’s something not to be flushed until it’s too late! 

When something not supposed to go into the toilet gets flushed, you do have a few options to save your plumbing system in most cases. 

Your Options When Dealing With Unflushables 

You do have a few options when a toy, a sock, a paper towel, or any other unflushable object goes into and down your toilet. These options include: 

  • First, turn off the water – Just behind your toilet should be a switch you can turn to cut off access to water for your toilet. Before going any further in trying to retrieve the object or unclog the toilet, first shut off this water supply. Shutting off the water supply will stop overflowing and ensure safety as you attempt to retrieve an item. 

  • Check the toilet trap – Your toilet is curved going into the drainpipe, and this is to catch any of these unflushable objects before they make their way to clogging your system. In some instances, you can check the toilet trap with a gloved hand or tool to see if the object is stuck right in the front of the trap. If it’s not easily retrievable, it’s time to call a professional plumber straight away. 

  • Use your plunger – For some objects, like socks and toys, you may be able to use a plunger to plunge the object from deeper in the toilet trap. You will need a high-quality plunger that can completely seal off the hole in your toilet in order for this plunger method to work. 

  • Call the professionals – The best thing you can do when any unflushable makes its way into your toilet system is to call in the professionals. Plumbing is a complex and important system within your home, and plumbing concerns should always be addressed by those who are skilled, educated, and experienced in plumbing as a whole. Your plumbing professional will be able to remove and retrieve the object safely while doing minimal damage to your plumbing. 



We’re Here To Help 

Your professionals in plumbing are always here to help if your little ones get a little too curious, or you simply didn’t know that flushing a particular object is damaging. If you run into the situation where you’re facing an “unflushable”, we’re always available to get you the help you need. Call us today at IC Plumbing Services to see our professional difference and experience how we can get your plumbing back up and running again quickly.