How to Unclog a Toilet When a Toy Was Flushed Down

Steven Symes

Normally, toilet clogs are caused by objects that you want to go down the toilet’s drain pipe and into the sewage system.

When a child has dropped a toy into the toilet and flushed it, forcing the toy into the drain pipe, you will actually have to retrieve the toy instead of forcing it further down the toilet’s drain pipe to ensure you don't have a problem down the line, forcing even more intensive and more expensive repairs.

  1. Place the rubber end of a plunger over the opening in the bottom of the toilet bowl. Push up and down on the plunger’s handle for at least 30 repetitions, then remove the plunger and check the toilet bowl to see if the toy has made its way back into the bowl.

  2. Use a pair of pliers to enlarge the hook at the end of a toilet auger by undoing the last coil on the auger’s line before the hook. Feed the hook end of the auger into the hole in the bottom of the toilet bowl.

  3. Feed the auger into the toilet’s drain pipe until you feel resistance. Spin the crank on the auger’s handle hard several times, then begin retracting the auger from the toilet’s drain pipe.

  4. Turn the crank on the auger’s handle slowly as you retract the auger. Be careful to not go too fast, or the toy will fall off the auger’s hook and you will have to start over.

  5. Remove the toy from the toilet’s bowl. Flush the toilet again to make sure no other clogs exist in the drain pipe.

  6. Warning

    It's a good idea to throw away the toy rather than attempt to disinfect it.