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My 14 month old boy threw a pen in the toilet when it was flushing it went down now toilet won't flush well

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Pen probably is jammed in the p-trap cast into the toilet and is restricting anything being flushed. This could build up and cause an overflow (yuk!). Worst case is that it went farther into the system and is stuck somewhere "down the line". Easiest way to fix is shut off water to the toilet (small valve on the wall behind toilet). Staighten out a wire coat hanger leaving a small hook in one end. Try snaking it through the toilet bowl where everything goes down and hook the pen and bring it back into the bowl. Proceed gently as you want to try to recover the pen rather than have it go farther into the system. Due to the length of the pen, it is probably not very far up into the trap area. Good luck, and if this has helped please rate it accordingly.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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Get a long pair of rubber gloves and reach up into the trap area of the toilet (that little squiggly bend you can see from the side) to take out the pen and accumulated TP, etc... If your hand is too big, you could ask your wife to fish it out. The only other alternative is to remove the toilet and try to get to the pen from the other end. Turn off the water, disconnect the water line, drain the bowl and tank (using a large sponge and bucket) undo the two bolts holding the toilet to the floor and lift the toilet off of the flange and set it down on the plastic sheet I forgot to mention earlier. Fish out the pen, and use a putty knife to remove the remains of the wax seal. Put the new seal in place and gently lower the toilet onto the mounting bolts. It helps to have an extra set of eyes and hands right about now. Tighten up the bolts finger tight, then sit down on the toilet seat to firmly bed the seal, then tighten the bolts the rest of the way. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN THE BOLTS or you could break the flange and have to buy a replacement toilet. Reconnect the water and you should be ready to go (literally).

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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