If you're a parent who is potty training your toddler, then you know how much of a challenge it can be. They may have been afraid of or fascinated by the toilet the first time they used it, and they may try to run in there to use it or flush it when you're not looking. They may take their favorite toy with them into the bathroom, and the next thing you know, the toy is circling the bowl and making its way toward your sewer system. Foreign objects in your toilet are never a good thing, and your little one doesn't know that their action figure is going to cause a problem. At Dipple Plumbing in Greenville, our plumbers can help with clogged toilets or pipes.
The Pluming Hazards of Potty Training
Fishing Out the Object
If you can see the toy or the object that your kid threw in the toilet, you may be able to fish it out without any tools. If the item was smaller, it's most likely made its way into the plumbing, and you may not discover that there's a blockage until the next time you flush the toilet. You could attempt to use a plumber's snake to retrieve the object, but you also run the risk of pushing the object further into the pipe. If you're going to try to get the toy yourself, make sure you turn off the water using the valve near the floor at the back of the toilet. The last thing you need is a flooded bathroom on top of a clogged toilet!
Taking Out the Toilet
If there is a serious blockage, it may be necessary to remove the toilet completely. This is often best left to a professional plumber, and our team can handle the project for you. We'll turn off the water, remove the bowl, and check for the object in the plumbing underneath. Once we're able to retrieve the item and clear the clog, we'll replace the ring seal, bolts, and other parts. We'll turn the water back on and check for proper toilet operation before we leave your home.
Toddlers can be a handful, and it only takes a few seconds for them to stir up shenanigans in the bathroom. You're trying to teach them how the toilet works, but they may be more interested in seeing how many times they can flush it or what they can put in the bowl. If a toy, towel, or any other object has found its way into your toilet, give us a call right away. We can respond to any type of plumbing emergency, and you can focus on what your little one is doing instead of plunging your toilet for 20 minutes.
We're available 24/7, so if you're getting ready for work in the morning and your toddler comes into your master bath and throws something in the toilet, we'll be there. A clogged toilet should be taken care of immediately, and our local plumbers know how to tackle any problem.
Call us at (864) 319-3220 to learn more!