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Question DetailsAsked on 7/16/2014

I have a small plastic hair dye bottle cut in half and my daughter flushed it down the toilet and now it's clogge

It's a small hair dye bottle cut in half . Is there anything I can use to get it unstuck or dissolve the plastic?

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Dissolve the plastic - no, not without damaging pipes or risking blowing your house up with solvents.

About 4 ways, assuming it stuck in the toilet (likely) and not further down in the drain:

1) If you can see it in the toilet outlet area (in bottom of bowl) stuck up in the start of the drain passagveway in the toilet, carefully curve around it with a straightened out coat hanger or other stiff wire and tickle it back into the bowl- be careful about scratching the porcelain/enamel where it will show

2) try using a plunger - with suction, not pushing. You use a cup type toilet plunger, VERY slowly press it down tight around the exit hole so as to not push the bottle any further into the drain, then when fully compressed (should be submerged in water at this point all around the rim of the plunger, ideally) pull back firmly creating a suction on the toilet outlet - may suck the bottle back into the bowl, or at least into sight so you can then do suggestion #1 on it with the coat hanger

3) use your your wet-dry vac, or call a sewer and drain cleaning contractor (about same price as plumber) - you can remove in may cases with a wet-dry vac (if it can get a suction on the bottle) or with a boring point auger. With wet-dry vac (configured for wet use obviously) wrap a wet cloth around the end of the hose and jam it snugly into the bowl outlet so it can pull a vacuum, then turn on - may suck the bottle back to the bowl outlet where you can grab it.

4) take toilet off base (or have plumber do for about $100-150 typically), pull bottle out of toilet or drain pipe, put new wax ring of correct thickness on and remount toilet to flange and bolt down.

5) If it went into the drain pipe below the toilet, then a sewer and drain cleaning contractor is what you need - he may be able to hook it with a spear point auger, or may have to use a root cutter or full circumference cutter blade and chase it all the way to the street or septic tank. My recommendation - if he cannot get it out intact and it appears to have broken up or washed down the sewer pipe, do not count on it not hanging up again further down and causing another clog in a day or few - have him chase it all the way to the street or septic tank with a full-diameter pipe scraping blade, which will get it out of the pipe and clean the soap and grease buildup out of your sewer pipe at the same time, which should be done every 10-20 years typicallyk anyway, but seldom is. Cost typically around $200-350 depending on length of run and difficulty of getting the snake through the pipe.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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