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Question DetailsAsked on 11/9/2014

i dropped a bath towel in the toilet as it was flushing and now the basement toilet flood every time water is ran

When I run any water in the house the basement toilet floods

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I presume the basement toilet is the lowest drain in the house, that is why it is backing up there. Towel probably got stuck as soon as it hit the turn from vertical to horizontal at your concrete slab level (or maybe basement ceiling if no plumbing in basement).

You need A plumber with a hook attachment for his snake - some plumbers have them, if not I would expect all Sewer and Drain cleaning contractors to have it - is a spiral hook like a corkscrew that will grab into and twist the towel up, letting him pull it back out. WIll usually go down through the toilet flange on the toilet you dropped it into, after removing the toilet so he has a straight shot into the pipe.

Cost typically $125-200 assuming it comes out reasonably well - 50-100% higher for weekend or night callout. Most sewer cleaning companies have 24 hour callout service, which is good for you because your plumbing is totally out of service till you get this fixed.

Be sure to tell him which toilet it went down, and where the water is backing up through -that tells him about where it is stuck.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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