Removing Toys Dropped Down Drains Is Not Child's Play

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Clogs in drains are frequently disasters-in-waiting. A clog causes flooding which, in turn, leads to potentially massive damage to an interior. Mercifully, certain clogs are pretty easy to deal with. Pouring drain cleaner breaks down the obstruction and opens up the pipes. When a little kid (or a big kid) drops a toy down a drain, however, the problem with a clogged drain becomes a bit more complicated. Drain cleaner is not exactly going to melt a toy helicopter made of metal and plastic. DIY steps to clear the out could lead to an even bigger disaster.

A Plunger is a No-Go

Reaching for a plunger is probably the first step taken soon after a toy helicopter is dropped or flushed. Honestly, a plunger could end up making things a lot worse.

Plungers create suction that can pull apart and loosen clumps of tissue, food, soap scum, and other refuse. Tissue is malleable. A toy helicopter is not. The plunger may move the helicopter around and allow it to sink deeper into the plumbing or septic lines. The end result here is now it becomes a lot harder and costlier to get the toy out or deal with clogs filling lengthier amounts of pipe.

Don't DIY Without Experience

There are some "simple" steps suggested to deal with a toy-clogged drain. The two-pronged plan of using plumbing wire and, if that fails, removing the toilet to eliminate the obstruction is best left to someone who knows a little bit about plumbing. For one, the wire could end up getting stuck or dropped down the drain creating more problems. A plumber using a professional-grade rooter could smash up that helicopter or any other toy with ease. Creating more obstructions with a lost DIY wire might necessitate removing pieces of pipe underneath the home.

Removing the toilet is probably another bad idea unless you know how to properly caulk the toilet when putting it back. Caulking is one of those jobs that looks easy, but actually requires a lot of deliberate care. Even slight imperfections in in the new caulking will allow moisture to enter. The end result may be massive damage to the floor and further costly repairs.

Call The Clog an Emergency

To call dropping a toy down a drain an emergency is not an overreaction. Damage to the pipes and floods in the home are serious matters. The best way to deal with the situation is to call a local plumber like Ken Tyson Plumbing right away.

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