What's In There? What To Do When Your Toddler Flushes A Toy Down The Toilet

Posted on: 8 August 2018

If you have a toddler, it only takes a few seconds to end up with a watery toilet mess. Toddlers are curious about just about everything, including the toilet. One thing they're curious about is where everything goes once the toilet is flushed. Toddlers love to flush the toilet to watch things go down the drain. Unfortunately, sometimes toddlers will flush things that shouldn't be in the toilet, such as keys and toys. If keys are flushed down the drain, you'll need to have them all replaced. However, if toys are flushed down the toilet, you might be in for a big, clogged mess. Here are three steps you should take if your toddler has flushed a toy down the toilet.

Turn the Water Off at the Toilet

If your toddler has tried flushing a toy down the toilet, the first thing you'll need to do is turn the water off at the main valve – which is usually located on the wall behind the toilet. This is particularly important if the toy has gotten stuck in the drain. The toilet will continue to run until the toy has been removed, which could lead to a flooded bathroom. Turning the water off at the main valve will stop the flow of water so that you can work on the clog.

Empty the Toilet Bowl

Once you have the water supply turned off to the toilet, you'll need to empty the toilet bowl. Emptying the toilet bowl will allow you get a clearer view of the clog. Once the water has been removed, see if the toy is visible from inside the drain. If it is, go ahead and try to retrieve it. If not, you'll need to move on to the next step.

Check in the Drain

After you've drained the toilet bowl, you'll need to check in the drain. Taking a few minutes to check in the drain will allow you to get a feel for where the toy is located. This is particularly important if you can't see the toy extending from the drain. If you can't see the toy, carefully place your fingers inside the drain opening in the bottom of the toilet. If you can feel the toy, try to grasp it with your fingers and pull it out. If you can't feel the toy, or it's wedged in too deeply for you to pull out, you'll need to call a plumber.

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