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Apr 01 2023

What To Do When You Accidentally Flush Something Down the Toilet

A clogged toilet fix is one of the most common services requested from a plumber, and accidentally flushing something down the toilet can happen to anyone. Whether it's a small object or something more significant, it's crucial to take the necessary steps to avoid further damage to your plumbing system. In this article brought to you by the professionals at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we share some essential things you should do if you accidentally flush something down the toilet.

Stay Calm

The first and most important thing to do is to stay calm. Panic can make you do things that may worsen the situation. It's essential to keep a clear head. When dealing with a clogged toilet, you should act quickly but cautiously.

Don’t Force Flush the Toilet!

If you realize that you have accidentally flushed something down the toilet, do NOT try to force flush the toilet. Flushing the toilet repeatedly can cause the item to move further down the pipes, making it more difficult to remove.

Turn Off the Water

Locate the water valve near the base of the toilet and turn it off. This will prevent water from flowing into the toilet bowl and potentially causing it to overflow.

Determine What Was Flushed

It's important to know what was flushed down the toilet in order to determine the best course of action. If it's a small object like a toy, toothbrush, or hairbrush, you may be able to remove it with a plunger or by reaching in with a gloved hand. However, if it's a large object or something that may cause damage to your plumbing, or if it is wedged tightly, then it might be best to call a professional plumber.

Tip: Do NOT Use Harsh Chemicals

It’s tempting to go with the most "convenient" method but think twice before resorting to harsh chemicals. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners as they can cause further damage to your plumbing system. Chemicals can corrode pipes and cause them to weaken, leading to costly repairs or even a premature replacement down the line.

Preventing Future Accidents

It’s always best to avoid such accidents in the first place, and there are many preventative measures to consider. By taking these steps, you can minimize the risk of accidentally flushing something down the toilet and causing a plumbing emergency.

First, accompany small children when they go in the bathroom and keep small items in the bathroom out of reach of children.

Next, remember to ONLY flush toilet paper, pee, and poo. Keep a trash can nearby for items like wet wipes, hygiene products, cotton swabs, and dental floss.

Finally, put the toilet lid down when not using the toilet to avoid having objects accidentally fall in the toilet. This is also important in keeping a sanitary bathroom.

Need a Toilet Unclogged? Call Rooter Hero

Whether you need a clogged toilet fix or a routine clogged drain cleaning, the professionals at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air can help. Call now to schedule a convenient appointment or request emergency assistance today.

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