What To Do If You Accidentally Flushed Something

Whether you’ve got kids who got a little too curious with one of their toys, your phone or wallet slipped out of your pocket, or you bumped something nearby — accidentally flushing something down the toilet is a big mistake. Obviously, toilet paper and human waste are the only things that should be flushed down a toilet. But accidents happen, and when something is inadvertently flushed down the toilet, it could damage your septic system. Below, the experts with our septic company share a step-by-step guide outlining what to do if you accidentally flush something down the toilet.

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What To Do If You Accidentally Flushed Something

Turn Off The Water

Before attempting to retrieve an object accidentally flushed down the toilet, shut off your toilet’s water supply. To turn off your toilet’s water supply, simply locate and twist the valve behind your toilet. Turn the valve located behind your toilet clockwise until it closes tight.

Try Grabbing The Object

As long as the object is still visible at the base of the bowl, you may be able to fish it out with your hands. If you can still see the item accidentally flushed, strap on a pair of gloves and try to grab it. Once removed from the toilet drain, thoroughly wash and sanitize the item, and don’t forget to turn the water back on.

Use A Plunger

If you cannot retrieve the object by hand, it’s time to bring out the plunger. Using a plunger, you can try to dislodge the object and get it to the base of the toilet bowl where it’s visible. Keep using the plunger until you see the item reemerge at the base of the bowl, then put some gloves on and try to grab it. Here’s a tip: run plungers under hot water before using them to loosen the rubber and create better suction.

Try A Drain Snake

If your plunger can’t retrieve the object so you can grab it, then it’s time to try using a drain snake or closet auger. These tools can be purchased at most hardware stores, but it’s crucial to ensure you use the right kind. Specifically, the drain snakes with hooks or circles at the end are intended to help retrieve things from drains rather than just dislodge clogs.

When To Call A Professional

If you’ve tried all of the above methods or don’t have the time to try and retrieve the object alone, then it’s time to contact a professional. An experienced plumber can help retrieve items accidentally flushed down the toilet without damaging your plumbing or septic system. In the event of a clog in the plumbing system, water often backs up wherever it can, preventing wastewater from flowing freely into the septic tank. To help your system run efficiently, we will inspect your system, identify the problem, and unclog your toilet or drain. We offer both clogged drain repair and septic tank repair services! Contact Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Services today!