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April 17th, 2001

How to Unclog a Toilet

Unclogging a toilet is not exactly the most entertaining way to spend a day, but it’s something we all have to face at one point or another in our lives. When you’re renting a place, the worst case scenerio is that you have to have maintenance come and fix your clog. But when you’re a homeowner, you definitely want to avoid having a plumber come over.

So, after several days of battling toilets in my house and searching the web for unique techniques, here are my three Ping-certified recommended steps to unclogging your toilet:

  1. Plunge… First, you obviously want to use your plunger to try and loosen any clogs. Start by making a seal over the hole-in-the-bowl with the plunger. Push down slowly and pull back quickly. Start by doing this at a slow pace and then working up speed.
  2. Use a toilet snake/augerI dislike this step because it can scrape the porcelein, but it’s necessary if the plunger doesn’t do the job. Make sure you get a toilet snake/auger, as a sink snake/auger will scrape the porcelein on your toilet. Trust me. Work the snake as far back into the hole as possible, trying to dislodge any tissue or solid matter (mmmm… tasty).
  3. Pour a bucket of water… If the snake still doesn’t let you flush the toilet successfully, this is what finally did it for me. This step can also be used before the plunger in the case of a very small clog, but works well as a last step with a stubborn clog. Get a normal sized bucket and fill it between 1/8 and 1/4 of the way full with warm water. When the water in the toilet is at its lowest point (usually with clogged toilets, very little water is left in the bottom), pour the water directly into the hole-in-the-bowl from about waist-high. The pressure of the water being poured into the bowl does a surprisingly good job at disloding the remaining clog. You may need to repeat this step once or twice.

Posted in Toilets

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday April 17, 2001 -- 11:36:14AM
Perfect timing--my crapper's been giving me hell lately. I shouldn't have flushed those classified government documents without eating and digesting them first.

FROM: corey
DATE: Tuesday April 17, 2001 -- 2:29:23PM
i think I'll call my new side project "TOILET SNAKE"...

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday April 17, 2001 -- 3:42:30PM
"Toilet Auger" would be a cool band name as well...

FROM: Brian
DATE: Thursday June 7, 2001 -- 11:47:13PM
Don't get me started on toilets. Some of these new toilets can't handle anything with a diameter great than angel-hair pasta. I actually pull the lid off the back of the tank, before I even get down to business. That way I can grab the float, to prevent overflows. We actually had to replace the first lid on the tank, because the first one was broken in what we can just call a hasty maneuver, worthy of Jackass.

FROM: ejd
DATE: Tuesday July 31, 2001 -- 3:34:07AM
Thanks for the help.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday July 31, 2001 -- 9:09:39AM
Brian -- I miss those college days with the toilets that could suck down a small animal... man those things were incredible...

FROM: Emily
DATE: Tuesday August 21, 2001 -- 2:36:10AM
My landlord left me in charge of the house and i desperately needed help the bucket thing was the only thing that worked thank the glorious internet gods you and google for saving the day!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday August 21, 2001 -- 9:42:51AM
Woohoo! I helped somebody with their toilet problems! Glad it worked, Emily. :)

FROM: terry
DATE: Tuesday January 1, 2002 -- 10:10:26PM
My toilet doesn't flush all the way all the time and it doesn't matter how much stuff is in it. It could be just water, and if it wants to go down all the way it will, but 50% of the time it won't. Any advise you can give me would be very apreciated. I have 2 toilets, one on the the first floor and one on the basement floor, they both do the same thing. I live in a bi-level home.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday January 1, 2002 -- 10:52:48PM
You might want to make sure that the plastic stopper in the back of the toilet is hanging properly from the handle lever. I just installed a new one on our downstairs toilet and we're getting just the opposite effect -- when we flush, it actually flushes TWICE. Very strange...

But check to make sure that it's not too loose, which could cause some trouble flushing...

Otherwise, try the steps I mentioned above.

FROM: fresh
DATE: Wednesday January 2, 2002 -- 11:48:37PM
sorry folks but the ol "little kids hand down the toilet and tell him you lost hist favorite GI Joe" has worked for me in the past when he realizes it isnt a toy hand him a pop and run thanks!

FROM: paula griffin
DATE: Sunday January 6, 2002 -- 1:30:02 pm
when I flush the toilet in our house, what ever is in it pops right back up and we have to flush several times to get it back down, i already checked the chain in the tank and it is ok, I think this is cause a worse problem which is making our toilet bowl have an awful residue on it and i have to scrub it every other day , nasty ! any ideas?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday January 6, 2002 -- 2:46:46 pm
The residue could be caused by hard water...

Have you tried loosening clogs by trying step #3 above?

FROM: dustin
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 9:41:04 pm
I have a question; not really sure i can do this alone. Someone dropped the t.p. handler in the drain, but since it was surrounded by crap (literally), they flushed the toilet, thinking that the handler would be removed of feces, not able to be sucked up. Apparently, they were wrong, and the thing got stuck up there. I can't get my hand that far, and a plunger probably won't work, since it's a solid object. Do u have any advice?
Thank you,

FROM: fresh
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 10:45:10 pm
yo dustin you can rent a snake not one of those shitty ( plenty of pun intended) manual ones im talkin an electric one they work real nice i used to have to use one @ my old work where biznez was always cloggin the toilet try that !

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday November 14, 2002 -- 6:59:07 pm
my son flushed a carrot down the toilet and im having a problems flushing it. I have a bad plunger that air escapes from and I tried the bucket thing. We have a very tight budget even though we have a fairly new toilet. What should I do?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday November 15, 2002 -- 9:19:35 am
Perhaps send a rabbit down the hole?

Sorry, I couldn't resist. :)

FROM: Lynn
DATE: Thursday November 28, 2002 -- 8:31:22 am
Thank you so much, it's Thanksgiving day and I thought that no one would be able to use the bathroom!!! The hot water worked!!!!

FROM: Jason
DATE: Saturday November 30, 2002 -- 12:23:04 pm
For the love of god...There is poo everywhere....Our toilet keeps overflowing on us and our whole downstairs smells like somebody sold their butt to the devil. I can't take it anymore. It is my roomate's birthday and he is having to sweep nuggets out of my front door. What a way to live. Thanks for the help and support with our fecal disfunctions..I am going to go vomit now.

FROM: Jason
DATE: Saturday November 30, 2002 -- 12:26:02 pm
it flooded again. Only it is blue from the 2000 flushes....Now our kitchen looks like an aquarium but still smells like shit. This is the worst day of my life. I think that I am going to crawl up in a hole and die now..Oh, wait....the hole is flooded out with shit. I hate my life.

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Sunday December 1, 2002 -- 1:26:41 am
Ummmm, Jason... ever consider Immodium AD? Might solve your problem...


DATE: Tuesday December 3, 2002 -- 12:17:03 am
Doo-d you saved my shit! When I got home tonight my wife had clogged up the crapper -- worse than I ever have. After plunging like mad and making a major mess of stink ... the bucket of warm water trick did the job! Muchas Gracias!

FROM: Lucy
DATE: Friday December 13, 2002 -- 12:54:30 pm
I love you, Ryan! I'm 9 months pregnant and have to use the toilet every half hour. Of course, my son or my husband clogged it up before they left for school this morning. Having never used a plunger before in my life, I was very excited to find your advice in my "how to plunge a toilet" search. Thanks to you, I can pee again!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday December 13, 2002 -- 1:57:12 pm
I love you, Ryan! I'm 9 months pregnant and have to use the toilet every half hour.

Best Consecutive Sentences Ever.

FROM: Sue Ryan
DATE: Sunday December 15, 2002 -- 5:44:06 pm
You're my HERO! After spending most of the day trying to plunge, purchasing a snake & generally freaking out about paying a plumber on a SUNDAY, the warm water did the trick. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

FROM: Nick
DATE: Saturday January 11, 2003 -- 12:04:21 am
Yours was the first website I seeked help from for my clogged toilet.
The bucket of warm water finally did the trick!!!
God Bless You Ping!!!
Just out of curiosity, I looked at other sites I got from ASK JEEVES results. None of the others mentioned the bucket trick, NONE of the others were so friendly and humorous as you, in fact, ALL of the others stunk worse than my toilet.
May the Good Lord above bring Heavenly graces ever-so abundantly to you & your family!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

FROM: Drew
DATE: Saturday January 25, 2003 -- 2:56:04 pm
Paul, did you ever get the carrot out of the drain? how did you do it? our daughter did the same thing! email me and let me know please!!!

DATE: Wednesday February 5, 2003 -- 1:29:32 am
It was 6 in the morning and I dropped a huge wad of TP in the toilet after blowing my nose and then flushed it without even thinking....the goddamned thing is stuck and the plunger isn't working. It's clogged so bad that the water is only a few inches below the rim of the bowl even after it settles....

FROM: Mary
DATE: Saturday February 15, 2003 -- 8:35:36 pm
I have never laughed so hard!!! I am the only one in my house that clogs the toilet, so it is my job to unclog it. The plunger isn't working and I don't own an auger...can a wire hangar also do the trick?? I guess I will be trying the warm water trick.

FROM: Patrick
DATE: Wednesday February 19, 2003 -- 11:19:57 am
Hey, thanks for the tips. The plunger didn't work for me, but the toilet auger did. It was definately worth the money, because after a few tries with that, the clog just vanished! After I got over the shock that my toilet actually worked, I decided to write and thank you and you page!!!

FROM: Null [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 20, 2003 -- 5:46:25 pm
Never heard that water trick before but it worked like a charm. Thank you, man!

FROM: Sara
DATE: Tuesday February 25, 2003 -- 12:17:28 am
Oh my god. thank you so much. the hot water bucket trick was my life saver. my 1 yr old threw the clip on toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet and flushed it. I tried everything and nothng helped. then i happen to come to this website and tried the water trick and it cleared the clog instantly. Thank you

FROM: curt [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 5, 2003 -- 4:26:05 pm
dude my roommate droped a 40 ton nuclear war head in my crapper and well needess to say its only capable of handeling up to 10tons so he cloged the shiznick out of it . but thaks to your wicked site she flushes again . thank the godess cuz that smell was starting to make me get this ervouse twitch THANK YOU !

FROM: Jake
DATE: Sunday March 23, 2003 -- 11:47:21 pm
I have never met the turd that couldn't be bested with a solid plunging. On this day I, met my match, and a furious battle ensued. Needless to say, I have been humbled. Without the guidance of these brave souls, all would be lost, and I would have resorted to crouching in the woods in shame, like an animal. I owe you my thanks and all of civilization thanks you for delivering us from the brink of savagery. God Bless.

DATE: Monday March 24, 2003 -- 3:20:41 pm

FROM: help me
DATE: Tuesday April 8, 2003 -- 3:34:11 am
My toilet is clogged now and each time I try to flush more crap splashes onto floor. how do I unclog this please help,


FROM: Kellogg
DATE: Saturday April 19, 2003 -- 4:05:02 pm
Water saving toilets are the Anti-Christ. Creating the need to flush 7 times/shit they dont even save water in the long run. Why dont they make a toilet with 2 flush options: A light one for just liquid, and a HEAVY DUTY one for when it's needed. I think its safe to assume that at least 2/3 of flushes are for only Urine anyway, requiring only a simple water change. But when a big guy such as myself needs it, it would be nice to have the option to blow that thing down the drain with the force of an Elephant in heat.

FROM: leet
DATE: Tuesday April 22, 2003 -- 4:35:33 pm
a few years ago..i stuck a highlighter up my ass...and when i took it out it was all full of i decided to flush it..and now my toilet is giving me trouble..i cant crap in it with out clogging it..if i just piss in it problems..i have a snake..and that thing didnt do shit..and my plunger doesnt work either..i need to get the marker out of the toilet so it will stop clogging on!

FROM: Spence
DATE: Wednesday April 23, 2003 -- 9:48:29 pm
Thank you so freaking much!!! took me about 5 buckets.... hahahah!!! I am 16 ...and my family cant stand it when i clog up our 1-gallon toilet...this really did the trick!! ... i took 4 buckets of extreemly hot water...and in the 5th, i mixed it with about 1 liter of "The Works" ...toilet bowl cleaner; amazing!! ...and i did all this on a toilet in my basement... one that had a 5 year old POS pump on it. hahaha

FROM: Relieved in more than one way.
DATE: Sunday April 27, 2003 -- 10:38:02 pm
I ate something that gave me the most horrendous skunk smelling poop, so afterwards had to use extra toilet paper and some wipes to boot. Needless to say I clogged the toilet. Since my husband is usually the pro-plunger and wasn't home, I had no clue how to use that stupid thing. I new to push down, but the "quick release" escaped me. Thank you for the simple instructuion - the gurgling toilet was music to my ears. And the comments have me rolling!

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 28, 2003 -- 1:02:28 pm
Kellogg - I've read that, in Japan, there actually ARE toilets like that. There's a switch that lets you choose between the two.

DATE: Wednesday April 30, 2003 -- 12:10:07 pm
Thank you, thank you, thank you! My kid jammed the toilet with an unknown quantity of toilet paper. 24 36 hours and 2 plungers later I was still stumped. Then I googled your site.
The down slowly, up fast method worked. I read another web site that told me a plumbers helper rarely works, but they were wrong.

FROM: melissa
DATE: Saturday May 10, 2003 -- 12:30:28 pm
my 3 yr old wanted to know if the number 5 in her wooden puzzle would go down the drain in the toilet. It appears it made it half way. We plunged, we auged, we removed the toliet and placed it in the tub to see it we could unjamm the thing. its still stuck help!

FROM: Melissa\'s Husband
DATE: Saturday May 10, 2003 -- 1:17:28 pm
Melissa was to gentle. This five is from the devil! I have tried everything. This puzzle piece from hell has floated turds all over my floor and out into the hall several times now. I Plunged, I augered, I bucketed, I even yanked the frigen toilet out, trew it in the tub and augered from the other direction. A hand full of stinky smegma later and a whole lot of fun,(not), I was no better off. I pulled the tank of and augered from the water hole. Nothing. I was able to remove a ton of TP and a big stinkin wad of female items, (AHHHHGGGG) once I remounted the tioled and augered again. I thought I had it. But alas the first healthy dump I took i was surfing turds again!!!! This stuff just must be hanging on the wooden puzzle piece from hell. Help...

The GI-JOE Idea is sounding better and better!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday May 21, 2003 -- 7:06:30 pm
I'm stumped. My toilet overflows every other time. That's right, I don't mean it overflows alot. I mean it overflows exactly every other flush. One flush will drain quickly and then I simply wait for the tank to refill and flush again, and it will overflow without any toilet paper or anything being added. When it settles, I flush again and it drains perfectly. There's nothing going on differently between flushes with the level of water tank fill, stopper, float ball, etc., ... any ideas?

DATE: Tuesday June 3, 2003 -- 10:35:52 pm
Heres a question. ( Please write back) Zep puts out a thing called "Drain Care" which they claim is the same biological enzymes that are used in waste trweatment plants.. Should I believe this and invest in the "preventative maintenance " aspect here or is it a bunch of Bull ... Please write back and let me know... Thanks John Sherby

FROM: Kasey
DATE: Friday June 6, 2003 -- 11:31:27 am
Ok... I need some help.. My toliet like all of yours seems to be part of the crap clan. It keep overflowing. I've used the plung, and the snake it doesn't work. I'm going to try the warm method here after im done typing. ( I'll let you no if that works). But What I think the problem is, is my 2 years old son, who is in the begging stages of potty training. While on his last visit to the bathroom I think he dropped the bath plug in the toilet. And someone who I will remain nameless (HIS FATHER) flushed it down. If This is the case how can i get it out, if the warm water thing doesn't work? I feel this is the case because my bath plug is missing and its no where to be found.... Please help....... I'm sick of a crappy smelling bathroom..

FROM: an aunt of 6 little ankle-biters
DATE: Friday June 6, 2003 -- 10:23:05 pm
this is for melissa & husband: gotta hate those #5's from the devil!!! i think you will be much happier investing in a new toilet...i don't think they are too expensive, and I'm SURE that whatever the cost, it HAS to be better than sticking your arm through the back end of a toilet. yuck.

DATE: Monday June 9, 2003 -- 5:55:59 pm

FROM: andrew
DATE: Monday June 9, 2003 -- 5:56:23 pm
my turn. so the toilet in my house is shared by 5 college men, of which i am the largest and take the most coke-can sized #2's. we were alright for about 8 months now, but just a few ago the feces swallower doesn't seem to take too much without clogging. and since sometimes my housemates don't want to wait for the tank to refill so they can try flushing again, i sometimes open the lid to be greeted by a steamy mound of someone elses doing. i used to work at a chemical plant and dispose of bio-waste, but this is definitely worse. any recommendations on snake type?

FROM: Anna
DATE: Saturday June 14, 2003 -- 3:04:28 am
Okay, I feel like a dork. Immediately after flushing, I managed to knock my deoderant stick from my sink into the toilet, where instead of bouncing out of the drain-hole like a good little under-arm deoderant, it decided it wanted to travel the pipeline where it got stuck, somewhere beyond where my arm can reach (I am so taking a shower). I went out, bought a plunger, a snake-type toilet unclogger and nothing. The stupid toilet won't flush...or rather it will very very very slowly and I don't know when I'll be able to get a hold of the manager, I know the handyman for the apartment building doesn't work tomorrow anyway, and I'm not sure I can stand the embarrassment of explaining the situation. Ideas?

DATE: Tuesday July 1, 2003 -- 4:22:39 pm
So, like the rest of you, I had a stubborn toilet that would barely allow the "water" to drain after flushing. I plunged till I couldn't plunge any longer, tried Liquid Plumber, tried some other drain unclogger that you mix with water and nothing worked. Not wanting to blow $$ on a snake unless I really needed, I figured I'd try the bucket of hot water suggestion. It took 2 buckets, but a flush and swoosh never sounded so good! Thanks.

FROM: aha
DATE: Friday July 4, 2003 -- 1:44:25 am
aha old people disussing toilet problems lol ahahahahah! thats funny

FROM: Dani
DATE: Sunday July 13, 2003 -- 2:45:08 pm
Right now I hate my boyfriend. The B*stard spent the night, and decided to leave a little (er, big) something behind before he left. When I decided to make a little bowel movement not long after, the toilet got all clogged up! And it was from him, because my stuff never went down. The bowl just started filling with pee-pee water with a little turd floating around like a submarine. So, I busted out the cheap plunger the landlord left here for me, and started plunging away. After 20 minutes of that all I had was a toilet bowl full of sh*t colored water. It stinks, I'm not happy, and I'm about ready to scream. Unfortunately I live in a condo, so there is no maintenance guy, and I'm on my own. I took a little break to find some info and stumbled on your site. At this point I'm beginning to think I'm going to need to get some sort of jar or bucket and start scooping the poopy water out of the toilet. But where in the hell do I put it? My sink?!!! God, my boyfriend is in so much trouble right now. I could kill him. I may have to run down to Home Depot and pick up a snake. Thanks for the emotional support!

FROM: Dani
DATE: Sunday July 13, 2003 -- 7:39:46 pm

After fighting the good fight for nearly 5 hours I finally won. It only took an incessant amount of plumbing, a trip to the hardware store to buy a heavy duty plunger and a toilet auger (where a guy asked me, as I put the goods in my basket, "Did you clog up the toilet?"*t (actually a lot of sh*t Sherlock), getting the auger stuck in the toilet, having to bail poopy water into my bathtub (THAT's getting a thourough cleaning now), more plunging, some warm water in the bowl, and a whole lot of cursing and screaming. Actually, I think what did it was Murphy. As in Murphy's Law. See, once I got the auger stuck in the toilet I got pissed, frustrated, and very, very upset. So, I did what any self-sufficient young adult living on their own would do -- I called Daddy. And of course, while my dad was on his way I managed to yank the auger out, and also to unclog the toilet. I think the warm water trick really helped. Though, maybe it was the auger. Although it could have been a combination of things. Because after I freed the auger I bailed some water (and poo) out of the toilet into my tub. Then I tried the warm water trick a few times, bailing out more water as it started filling up. Then lastly I plunged the heck out of the toilet. And wa-la. I was in flush heaven.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday July 13, 2003 -- 10:12:47 pm
I'd advise against taking a bath to congratulate yourself...

FROM: A bunch of blondes
DATE: Sunday July 13, 2003 -- 11:53:58 pm
Forget the bend and snap, the plunge and flush is the key to a man's heart... No but seriously, even the most stubborn toilet monsters are no match for this! The trick is to plunge three or four times (or at least until there is some water movement) and then flush the toilet while continuing to plunge. It works everytime.

FROM: Jenn
DATE: Tuesday July 15, 2003 -- 7:18:25 pm
After 1 bottle of Draino and 1 bottle of Liquid Plumr and a new plunger I finally got it!!!!!!!!!Thanks for the help.

FROM: Faye
DATE: Friday July 18, 2003 -- 2:57:58 pm
I truly enjoyed reading about the toilet problems. My solution has always been bleach and warm or hot water. Sometimes I have added some detergent. it has worked in the past. However, recently, the water started to leak out of the toilet. After I ran out of newspaper to soak up the water, we invested in a bucket with a wringer. I still need to unclog the toilet without the leak from the bottom. I have never laughed so much! When you think you have problems, someone has it worse.

FROM: Mary
DATE: Monday July 21, 2003 -- 3:41:51 am
I'm so glad I found this site! Plunging didn't work and I'm not about to pony up for an auger (which I'd never in my life heard of before this evening), but even if the hot water doesn't work, I appreciate the comic relief. I clogged the toilet (it's that time of the month), plunged, and thought I'd fixed it. Apparently not. Then I sort of forgot that it was being a problematic toilet and used it again. Since I don't know what to do aside from regular old plunging, I decided to leave it for my husband. Long story short, he didn't do any better and he had freaking fit. Red face, shouted obscenities, the whole nine yards. Now our whole bedroom stinks (the bad toilet is the one in the master bath) and it's so vile that we can't sleep. Wish me luck with the hot water...

FROM: Pwood
DATE: Saturday August 9, 2003 -- 2:56:18 pm
As to your advise I went out and bought a snake! Now PETA, EPA, The Humane Society, The Metro Sewer District, MADD, AARP, My neighbors, My soon-to-be-EX wifehave all filed chares against me for various reasons. Im innocent I tell ya!!!

FROM: Brenda
DATE: Monday August 11, 2003 -- 12:06:57 am
Thanks for the tips. My toilet just suddenly clogged for no reason. Can't get the plunger to work or drano. Will try your techniques with plunger then hot water. Hope it works. Also, I'm pretty sure a sock was flushed down the toilet in my upstairs hall bathroom. This happened a couple years ago (kids!)and ever since my tub and sink in my master bedroom next door both drain slowly. I have those stupid pop up plugs that won't come out, so I can't use the plunger to try and clear these drains. How can I get these stoppers out so I can plunge, plunge, plunge?

FROM: Jack
DATE: Wednesday August 13, 2003 -- 4:07:48 am
It only makes sense that after only finding hopelessness throughout the web I find salvation in a blog. While my case wasn't as bad as some posted here, I was in a bit of trouble. See, I have visitors coming in tommorow. So, in the spirit of good housekeeping, I decided to do some cleaning. I got out the Brawny paper towels, the 409, and started on the bathroom sink. Being mindful of avoiding clogs, I decided to flush the towels down the toilet after the first two. As in, I would go two at a time. I had, of course, managed to use at least 3 folded sheets per "towel." So, with six sheets in the toilet I pressed flush. They went down, but the tip of one was peeking from the hole. I decided it was on its way and put two more sets in. And flushed. It became quickly clear that the one that was peeking had descended into some toilet bowl hell, and left the other two on top. With water. And more water. To the rim water. Having had an overflow once before (hence the flush every two towels rule) I decided not to touch the flusher for a while. I also decided that the two on top would not join their little friend in hell. So I scooped them up, threw them in the trash, and proceeded to wait while the water went down. It did, albeit slowly. With a just a little water left, only enough to cover where the towel had been peeking before, I decided to flush. Of course, the toilet bowl filled with water. To the rim. The very top of it. I decided some plunging was in order. I waited until the water had gone down somewhat and got to it. And plunged some more. And more. All to no avail. I decided to check google at that point, worrying about all the noise i was making for my neighbors in the apartment complex. All the other sites I visiited convinced my my plunger was too weak. It was only at this site that I found hope. With a combination of scalding hot water, lots of time, and some continual plunging (it got to the point that I was wishing a neighbor would knock on my door. I would have very politely asked them if _they_ had any other instruments that would make this go faster), the bowl finally flushed. About two hours later. I'm so glad I found this site. The home depot, which is only a few hours away, wouldn't even give me a pre-recorded message this time of night with store hours. Thank God for blogs.

DATE: Sunday August 17, 2003 -- 10:28:47 pm
Karma has finally gotten me back!!! I used to laugh at my ex-boyfriend for ALWAYS clogging the toilet & many a times I had hours of laughter on his behalf watching him clean the overflowing toilet!!! & guess what?? Karma got me this morning!!! ARGH!!! Needless to say I clogged the toilet w TP. After countless hours of plunging & finally daring to flush, the toilet overflowed!! It was not a pretty sight! I had to turn off the water to make it stop over flowing!! I mopped & scooped out water from the toilet to allow me to continue the plunging process & no dice!! I tried the hot water as well & nothing!! Without me scooping the water out I don't know how to get it working again w/o calling the mgr & owning up to my morning activities!!! Please help my hands hurt from plunging so much!!

FROM: Bitter @ the Toliet
DATE: Sunday August 17, 2003 -- 10:29:00 pm
Karma has finally gotten me back!!! I used to laugh at my ex-boyfriend for ALWAYS clogging the toilet & many a times I had hours of laughter on his behalf watching him clean the overflowing toilet!!! & guess what?? Karma got me this morning!!! ARGH!!! Needless to say I clogged the toilet w TP. After countless hours of plunging & finally daring to flush, the toilet overflowed!! It was not a pretty sight! I had to turn off the water to make it stop over flowing!! I mopped & scooped out water from the toilet to allow me to continue the plunging process & no dice!! I tried the hot water as well & nothing!! Without me scooping the water out I don't know how to get it working again w/o calling the mgr & owning up to my morning activities!!! Please help my hands hurt from plunging so much!!

FROM: Pooper Scooper
DATE: Friday August 22, 2003 -- 9:26:34 pm
Lordy LORD! Talk abou these new toilets being USELESS! My sink clogged last week and it took Liquid Plummer at LEAST a week to unclog the dang thing! At $4.00 a bottle I want my money back! NOW my toilet is clogged! I only peed and wiped myself and DANG if that toilet hasn't been clogged for a week now! I got Liquid Plummer (ZZZZZZ...) in there I plunged and PLUNGEd and I poured warm water (which usually works) but THIS time it OVeRFLOWED my toilet(backfired) and I got CRAP floating on my batheroom FLOOR! NICE....I don't have a plummer snake and I am desperate!!!!!!!!!

FROM: BlueJade
DATE: Monday August 25, 2003 -- 1:20:05 am
Just a quick note to thank you sooooooo much for this wonderful little how-to article. I live in an apartment complex, and after the maintenance guy came by for the second time in just as many weeks and suggested that I "double flush," I knew I had to learn to unclog my own toilet! For heaven's sakes, that thing won't take down anything bigger than two sheets of toilet paper. Not that he believed that. I miss the beautiful college toilets mentioned above that would flush a four course meal if you were so inclined. Anyway, I used the plunger trick, and the water trick, and things worked out. Just as I was getting ready to swear that I would only use public toilets if I had to do anything more than pee. Although this unclogging ordeal took a long time, and I need to get up early for school tomorrow, I am still glad that I won't be embarassed by the maintenance man coming over tomorrow. Thanks so much again!

FROM: kaye
DATE: Monday August 25, 2003 -- 1:36:34 pm
okay! my bf had to go this morning and right after that, i went! when i was done my business i saw only my mess in the water at wasnt like that when i sat on the toilet! what happened? i flushed the toilet and it over flowed!!! and its disgusting!!! i dont know what to do...i dont even want to touch the plunger...please help this helpless girl...

DATE: Tuesday August 26, 2003 -- 4:27:50 pm
Holy CRAP!! Thats right - CRAP!! (pun intented) I've worked on this stupid toilet for over 2 months now. According to my sister, she "accidently" dropped the T.P. handler into the toilet. And thinking that it would stay back after the crap had flushed, the crapper decided to go with it. Its been stuck ever since, and the water had been going slowly. I tried everything - including using a plunger, buckets and buckets of water, liquid plummer, drainex, bleach, etc. Still it didnt work... n still it flushed slowly. And to think that was hell...

Until last week, my sister decided to put tons of T.P. into the sink and now its clogged for good.

Please help.. im dying.


FROM: Carrali
DATE: Friday August 29, 2003 -- 1:40:05 am
Our toilet was clogged for 4 hours and after much clogging, we were on the verge of calling the pros! But we tried the warm water technique and after that and a little more plunging, we got it to work! We're thinking about going into the business.

DATE: Saturday September 13, 2003 -- 12:01:18 pm
My toilet has been clogged for far too long. (since late yesterday afternoon) and I think it is the strangest combination of things that has done it, first off my puppy was sick all over my room so i cleaned that up with paper towels and flushed them with no problem. Then my godlfish died, and he wasnt too small, about 3.5 In. long and maybe 1-2 in diameter, well i flushed him, also with no trouble. Then it came to the poo, I flushed and walked away assuming the toilet would do its job...oh nonono. I come back and the bathroom was so rank, i have plunged and plunged and nothing, i shall try the warm water thing because that seems to be working for people. Well, wish me luck.

FROM: cat
DATE: Saturday September 13, 2003 -- 12:02:12 pm
that one above was from me, i forgot to put my name

FROM: bunny
DATE: Saturday September 20, 2003 -- 9:00:15 am
I know how to unclogged the toilet - however, I just want to konw how to get rid of my brother who was always the one to clogg the dammed thing in the first place (and ran out the front door until the toilet was fized). And yes, I have tried a bucket of water and he's still here, clogging the toilet.

FROM: I\'ll never eat food again
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 5:11:20 pm
god! This is worse than Hell! I should run for president (US) on the revoke-water-saver-toilets platform! I'd win by a landslide!!!
I got a snake - fancy one with a crank. Fine with me if it wrecks the porcelin ... my landlord deserves it! Clog is simple organic -- not a Sear catologue down there. But my snake goes about 10 inches into the piping then seems stuck. Foul water near to overflow (minus about a gallon). And foul water level not going down so I take it I'm not denting the clog. I have the hand crank type of auger. I have to have a drink.

Can I die now???

FROM: I\'ll never eat food again
DATE: Thursday September 25, 2003 -- 7:18:43 pm
OK - situation better. Repair man came with a BIG snake. I bought a 'good' one - for toilets. About as big as a walking cane with crank at one end. The one HE brought was the size on an oar. Really really big. He got clog gone -- but said he'd get me a new toilet as it was abnormally hard to clear. Hallaleughah! Aman!

Thanks for this web site!

DATE: Tuesday September 30, 2003 -- 12:25:19 am

FROM: Kater
DATE: Tuesday September 30, 2003 -- 12:27:00 am
Sad to say my long interesting story did not go as I hit preview first....3 buckets of hot water and plunging like i was at the ymca did it for me...and i heard the wonderful snake river rapids like sound from the neigborhing room where the ejector pump gurgled up all the kiwi seeds I sent to it...will i ever eat kiwi again?

FROM: karen
DATE: Saturday October 4, 2003 -- 11:54:26 am
Thank you so much for the "bucket of warm water advice!!!" that and a little plunging did the job! As a single female homeowner-- your website was a precious find. In less than 6 minutes my problem was solved!!! Thanks so much!!!

FROM: Mike
DATE: Monday October 6, 2003 -- 8:49:36 pm
While the power was out in our home that receives its water from a well and electric pump (!), we used water from our pool to flush the toilet. I would pour the water into the tank, and flush away. But it seems a few needles from some evergreen trees in the water may have clogged the rim "outputs" (?) that pour the water into the bowl. There is no clog in the syphon, in other words. How do I unclog the rim "outputs"?

FROM: rob
DATE: Saturday October 18, 2003 -- 6:19:59 pm
the best part of this all is user comments. i love this community that has built around emotional support for people with clogged shitter. my favorite is the person who has shit everywhere and they "sweep nuggets out the front door". or maybe the person who cant buy a plunger because they're on a tight budget.


DATE: Sunday October 19, 2003 -- 8:25:56 pm

FROM: Bubbyd
DATE: Sunday October 26, 2003 -- 9:35:01 pm
I just unclogged the toilet then looked for ideas for the future and came upon this site. Glad I'm not the only one with this problem. Many comments were hilarious! What I find ususally works is to (yuck!!) bail it out as much as you can (good time to disenfect the entire bathroom) and pour in very hot water, wait then flush, works most of the time.

FROM: kawaii
DATE: Monday October 27, 2003 -- 5:00:38 pm
the bucket of warm H2O worked perfectly!!! after about an hour of plunging (with one of those crappy rubber plunges) i decided to find outs if there were better ways to unclog a toilet..i've heard of the bucket of water trick and was sooo fed ups that i actually decided to try it and it only took meeh 1 bucket!!!

DATE: Tuesday October 28, 2003 -- 12:59:10 am
Once again, my 2 year old has put some sort of toy down my toilet (floor mounted, wall outlet). I've used the conventional plunger til I literally had a blister on my hand, and have also used a snake. Today I went and rented one of those heavy duty air pressurized thingy's (water ram) and that still hasn't helped. We have also pulled the stupid thing up and looked and reached in as far as we could..... all of this with no luck. Besides buying another toilet and calling in the pro's (which im sure is gonna cost me a fortune) does anyone have any suggestions?

FROM: Bratty
DATE: Sunday November 2, 2003 -- 5:47:32 pm
Yeah, some toilets just can't handle a batman and a robin toy both at the same time!! I just don't understand why. But I am glad that I found this web site, too, because lately my toilet will overflow only if there is really messy junk in there. But it will flush just fine with only the regular stuff.. Thanks for the help. I know now that a snake is what I need.

FROM: Simon
DATE: Tuesday November 11, 2003 -- 11:11:32 am
WOW! WHAT A RELIEF...after doing that number two...(I was in pain! sorry for the gross details, but I think I had my anus just literally made into 50" bigger...)haha, and then all HELL broke loose. I spent hours plunging. No go...I could actually feel the plunger pumping something but it won't move. I was desperate and looked at this site...after realizing I am just as bad as these guys...I always clogg the toilet...ever since I moved here...that toilet hole is small!!!! This rarly happened at my old house. Now I moved this small apartment and it's just half the size of my regular one. WHY ...WHY ME!!! Well anyways I did the hot water trick...worked for a bit because the water would wash right down (quicker then letting it sit there)...but wouldn't unclogg it. I even put hot water in the compartment on the toilet thing so when I flush scolding hot water will try to boil that sucker. No go...I was frustrated and went to bed. Woke up and went straight to the toilet to start pumping...after flushing it again when the water was being "manually" pushed away with my plunger...I heard a noise...a noise like something was dripping...I knew it was the piece of $hit (pun intended) trying to move and water was going. I plunged and plunged looking for a light...AND HALLELUHA! WHOOHOO! GOD WAS SMILING AT ME! LOL! Just in time too, I had an exam in a few hours. LOL. Thanks for reading.

FROM: Mother of Hellions
DATE: Wednesday November 19, 2003 -- 8:41:40 pm
I have a three-year-old that's just now over the stage of stubborness and is now toilet-training, and a ten-year-old that thinks that a poo needs half a roll of tp, and today it happened...first my 3 yr. old decided to use baby wipes instead of tp to wipe winky, and my 10 yr. old was constipated and finally was able to poop, using 1/2 a roll, when my toilet gave up on me.I guess it had had enough! I had to pee, went in and when finished, tried to flush. Of course, it gurgled and stammered at my attempt, and gave up, filling the bowl to the rim, with water. I plunged and augered, to no avail, and finally followed your advice,...and I'll tell you it worked like a charm !! The water trick was ingenious!! Now, if only I could keep my 3 yr. old's hands out of the water !! Thanks for the advice !!

DATE: Thursday November 27, 2003 -- 11:41:51 pm
Hi, Not sure what is clogging my stupid downstairs toilet. Everytime I flush the water goes all the way up to the rim and sometimes over. I was told to use Rid X and that worked the first time. The next time that this happen I tried it again and ofcource it didn't work. I tried the plunger thing, the water thing and the long snake cranker thing. The cranker thing will only go in a little ways and for some reason it won't go down so not sure if I am doing something wrong or if the clog is just right there? Can you please anyone help me out. I am out of suggestions and have no more money to call a plummer and the bathroom is a mess now and wouldn't invite one over even if I had too. Please help. Thanks

FROM: upstate SC
DATE: Saturday November 29, 2003 -- 8:25:09 pm
Mistake #1- Moved toilet paper roll closer to 3 year olds reach when sitting on potty. Mistake #2- Left three children (6yo, 5yo, and 3yo) at home with husband ALL DAY.
I came home this evening and found my husband in the bathroom where he had spent the last twenty minutes trying to unclog the toilet. Seems 3yo had emptied TP roll into toilet. So husband concentrates on unstopping toilet while in the meantime the water from the overflow has spread down bathroom hallway and started soaking the floor.
It is now 2 1/2 hours later. 5 towels used trying to soak up water from carpet. most of that time using plunger. Trying hot water (two times so far, no results yet). And my husband is playing video games.
I should have known he was to much for my kids to handle.

FROM: kj
DATE: Sunday November 30, 2003 -- 4:13:43 pm
my toilet is cloged and my plunger isnt working what should i do all it does is i flush it and it goes up hi and goes down slowly so i can see it is cloged till a sertan point and then i plung it and it dosnt work what should i do

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday November 30, 2003 -- 7:05:10 pm
Buy a dictionary.

FROM: Susan
DATE: Sunday December 14, 2003 -- 4:34:22 pm
THANK YOU SO MUCH. After two days of plunging and bailing like a mad woman only to have it continue to clog, #3 worked like a charm. You have saved my sanity.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday December 14, 2003 -- 10:49:26 pm
Glad I could spread some Christmas cheer!

DATE: Thursday December 18, 2003 -- 1:36:16 am
thank you thank you thank....being the recent widow of a plumber would think I would know how to unclog a the warm h2O trick worked like a charm...!!!

FROM: kathy
DATE: Sunday December 21, 2003 -- 10:52:06 am
I felt like crap before I started reading this page but before I could get half way through I was laughing so hard I was crying. Great medicine for a depressed soul. Now to try the advise even if it doesn't work you have made my day!

DATE: Thursday January 1, 2004 -- 4:07:50 am
Top this- I ring in the new year on the can, I guess my ny's resolution is eat more fiber- of course the stupid thing won't flush (darn rental apt. toilet, happens often, usually a quick plunge or 2 does the trick.) Not tonight- so I turn off the water, bail out the excess bowl water and try plunging with my lame plunger, to no avail. So, I try to leave it until morning but decide to check online, the warm water tip gives me new hope, I did it once, the water rose to the top but did not flush, a few minutes later it had gone down, some progress is better than none I suppose. I tried one more time, I can't face it if it didn't work, so after this email I will go to bed and hope I don't have to spend New Year's Day looking for an open Home Depot to buy a new plunger, while having no toilet at home and oh yes, one more thing, I started my period tonight! FANTASTIC- HAPPY NEW YEAR!

DATE: Friday January 9, 2004 -- 3:56:51 pm
OMG! Thank you so much for this info... I swear to God, I was freakin' out when my toilet cloged and I didn't know how to use a plunger. Let me just say that the bucket of water is what did the trick for me. Really thanks a million!

FROM: Charles
DATE: Friday January 16, 2004 -- 10:22:54 am
I took a hasty shit yesterday while I was eating dinner. I didn't get a chance to crap all day and my wife pressured me to hurry up and eat dinner. But the urge to dump took over and I took a hasty shit. After I flushed everything was fine. Then my wife took a shit later in the eve. She clogs up the toilet but decides to blame me for it since I used it earlier. We got into a heated argument. My wife tried to unclog it but she didn't put her heart into it. I tried the dollar store plunger we bought but it didn't even seal that shit hole. So we decided to deal with it in the morining hoping the problem may get better with time. Nope. My wife had to go to work and she took a shit in it. Why do pretty woman's shit stink so bad?? The smelll took over. i had to stand by the front door so I could breathe. I did the hotwater idea but It seemd to make the water go down slower. I think It my have moved the clog. This reminds me of those stinky poddies they have in india. People just get used to the smell. I hope i can unclog this today. Otherwise I'll have to make an embarrasing call to mainetanence. If I get this unclogged i will write another message. I don't want to drink or eat anything as might have to use that thing.

FROM: Sharon
DATE: Friday January 16, 2004 -- 5:07:17 pm
My 5-year-old had lasted from Friday until Thursday without a BM. That was more than the pipes could handle. After plunging and augering ( I used a toilet auger, but still managed to scratch the toilet bowl.), I found this site and the hot water advice. Lots of buckets (20?) and some plunging later, the toilet works! Now, if only my 5-year-old's digestive tract would work normally too.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday January 16, 2004 -- 9:49:12 pm
Try fiber. If that doesn't work, try the bucket trick on him.

FROM: Erica
DATE: Saturday January 17, 2004 -- 1:50:17 am
My ex-bf was a expert toilet clogger. Everytime he hit the crapper, crap almost hit the floor. EVERYTIME! One time it was soooo bad, no matter what we tried, nothing worked. Our toilet was clogged for days. Finally, after one week and several trips to the gas station (to uh..relieve ourselves), we went to ace hardware and purchased some super duper strength draino type stuff. I dont exactly remember the name of this stuff, but it worked wonders! This stuff is sooo strong (because it has a certain type of acid in it) that it comes sealed in a plastic bag with a very extensive warning label. Beware!! May eat through worn out pipes and cause leaks! Our house was 110 years old and we were renting from a slumlord. Needless to say he didnt do much pipe replacing in his day. But when worse comes to worse your willing to do just about anything! So if nothing you find here works for you, go to your nearest ace hardware or home depot and find this SUPER JUICE!

DATE: Wednesday January 21, 2004 -- 12:18:33 pm
I am renting a room from this nice family, and I just moved in a couple weeks ago. Now my toilet is clogged and I'm too embarassed to tell them. I tried plunging, but either I'm doing it wrong or it's just too damned clogged (no water movement at all when I plunge). I just poured hot water in, but all it did was sit in the bowl. Now it stinks even more. I'm hoping it will settle soon and go down so I can try another bucket. But right now I have to go shower in that stinky stinky bathroom. I hope my soap covers the smell!!!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 21, 2004 -- 1:08:29 pm
When you're pouring the next bucket, try flushing as you pour.

DATE: Wednesday January 21, 2004 -- 5:33:03 pm
Yeah, so I waited a while and the water level went down. I tried plunging some more and then tried to flush. Once again, no luck. I feel as if the hot water won't work, because it didn't actually go down at all, it just filled up the bowl! I need suggestions. Thanks to anyone who has any ideas.

DATE: Wednesday January 21, 2004 -- 5:36:25 pm
Ryan, I just saw your suggestion after I added my last post. I will try that and let you know what happens. Thanks.

DATE: Wednesday January 21, 2004 -- 7:07:57 pm
Nope, no luck. I tried plunging more, flushed and it didn't work. I bailed out some water and tried pouring the hot water and flushing at the same time. The water doesn't do much good because it doesn't begin to go down the toilet, it just sits in the bowl. So I plunged some more, and some more, and some more with no luck. I suppose tomorrow I will be going to get a toilet snake. Pooey.

FROM: Laura
DATE: Thursday January 22, 2004 -- 12:50:32 am
It seems like my toilet is always clogged. With a five year old and a three year old there is never a dull moment. They are finally starting to wipe their own butts, wich for me seemed like a good more butt wiping for me except my own. But now they use almost the whole roll of TP. I used to have to call my dad to unclog it but tonight I was on my own. I plunged for almost two hours and I even tried a snake...nothing. So I looked up unclogging toilets on the internet and your website was the only one that had the water trick. Thank you it worked like a charm...No more calling my dad, I can do it myself. I feel like supermom.

FROM: zebra
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 11:34:00 pm
My family is blessed/cursed with 3 girls. While this means that we don't clog the crapper often, whne we do we are generally up a creek of crap without a paddle. Unlike others our dad works nights so is sleeping while all the fun is going on. i worked by myself plunging for an hour. THen i enlisted my sis's help who promptly flushed the toilet leaving me with hope that the sufface tension of water would be strong for me. Thank God science works!!!We waite dhoping that the water would go down tillmy mom came home. Me and my sis the geniuses that we are rigged up a hanger contraption that kept the toilet from filling. After we all got done reading others stories. I went changed ito my owrst clothes ut on a pair of gloves and went armed with a bucked to unload the toilet. I swear i have unloaded all the crap that i have put in there in my life except what is stuck. I'm trying the hot water thing as we speak. Cross your fingers.
I think it is totally unfair that i as a high school student have only been able to dream about the magic dorm toilets. Why don't those come standard with regular houses!

FROM: zebra
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 11:54:20 pm
it hasn't worked. I have resorted to dumping chemicals down it. I have no money to buy and agor thingy, i wonder if acid is cheeper. Acid or a miracle is the only thing that will probably work.

FROM: grr
DATE: Tuesday January 27, 2004 -- 2:50:58 pm
gah!!!! Im plunging and plunging still no luck. that bucket thing just splashes stuff my eyes. ewww, help!

FROM: Theresa
DATE: Thursday January 29, 2004 -- 11:40:35 am
Bless you! After hours and hours of plunging, I armed myself w/ the bucket idea. Three times and one more plunge attack is a charm. I was minutes from calling my plunger. Where should I send my check? Thanks a million!

FROM: nancy hoh
DATE: Friday January 30, 2004 -- 8:26:55 pm
I think that bucket of warm water idea is full of shit and shouldn't be posted as advice for someone in a desperate situation.

FROM: jen
DATE: Tuesday February 3, 2004 -- 10:06:15 pm
Oh My God!!! Thank you so much for the advice/stories/gripes on this site! After a combination of plunging, hot water and bucket action, and patience, my toilet is finally unclogged. I need to go take a nap now.

FROM: Tiffany
DATE: Wednesday February 4, 2004 -- 9:24:03 pm
Thank you SOOOOO much!!!! My five year old daughter used a half roll of TP. After two hours of continous plunging, I found this site and tried the hot water trick, I had to keep bailing water into the tub after adding the hot water and finaly four buckets later it did it. The sweet sound of the flush.

FROM: wife of clog king
DATE: Saturday February 7, 2004 -- 8:52:53 am
OMG! I as most of you looked up how to unclog a toilet and after reading all the post I am sitting here with tears running down my face from laughing so hard. I have been trying since last night to unclog. My husband with what he refers to as his "LOAF OF DUME" really did it this time. Of course he is sound asleep and I am fighting the war of rising water. I plunged and plunged until my hands had blisters then tried the water trick and then plunged some more! I had to do this several times and FINALLY I have a woosh! I want to thank you for this site and also thank all who made me laugh my ass off. Who would think the hell of a clogged toilet story would make one laugh so hard. Now I have to go and put something on these blisters and plan my husbands demise. lol

FROM: Christina
DATE: Monday February 9, 2004 -- 1:23:55 pm
Do the hot watter bucket! It worked like a charm. All morning my husband tried the snake and plunger and nothing! I did the hot water bucket 2-3 times and ta da! Did the trick. thanks for this site :)

DATE: Thursday February 12, 2004 -- 7:40:14 pm
Although my success didn't come from any of the three steps, I have certainly enjoyed the overabundance of details you folks have been willing to share.

THanks to you, I no longer look at models as quite so super; I now visualize every cat I see as a sorta brown cylinder turning over and over again in a whirlpool to oblivion; and I now know every husband/boyfriend blames his wife/girlfriend for backed up toilets... and vice versa.

I doubt any person has plunged more, snaked more, or poured more hot water than me. The best I could get was a trickle sound and a very slow emptying of the bowl, just barely enough that should I plunge to oblivion the contents in the toilet and then patiently poured bucket after bucket of water I could finally clear the bowl for the next person.

Out of desperation I finally took a pair of pliers, disconnected the water line, removed the two bolts holding the toilet to the floor and pulled the toilet up. The first thing I looked at was the giant pipe that goes into the floor. Now, although I wouldn't want to post a picture in Better Homes and Gardens, that hole had *no* obstructions. Half a cat *would* fit in there!

So I tip the toilet over and lo and behold what do I find but one of those fancy toilet bowl fresheners that clip on the inside of the bowl. It is perfectly wedged in the final exit hole of the toilet!

I imagine that it is I who is to blame because in the dead of night I close my eyes and use braille to use the toilet rather than blast my retinas by turning on any lights. No doubt when I flipped up the two lids I also flipped the tab holding the freshener.

(This is a private confession... no way I am going to admit this to my wife)

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 12, 2004 -- 10:32:01 pm
That's just classic... thanks for sharing it.

FROM: Frank
DATE: Friday February 20, 2004 -- 3:47:30 pm
Omg. So I felt a big one was coming, and I just knew that my house's toilet couldn't handle it. So, I went to Walmart to relief myself.

I entered the bathroom and let nature take its course. I flush and yey for me, the jet-powered toilet decides to over-flow. Just to make things better someone else enters the room, as I bursted out the door, never to return to that Walmart.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday February 20, 2004 -- 4:18:01 pm
My Toliet Is Clogged.When I Flush it the water goes up then it goes down fast.i tried the warm water and it sounds like it goes down when i flush it goes up like its going to overflow then it goes nothing happen i just moved into my apt any hellp wpuld be appperciated thank you

FROM: John O.
DATE: Sunday February 22, 2004 -- 1:43:03 pm
Had a mighty battle with a beast of my wife's creation. Tried 2 different plungers and a snake, but they had no effect. It was not until I got a black plunger with the lip sticking out the bottom and several buckets of warm water that I was able to unclog the toilet. Thank goodness for this site. PS - remove the obvious from my email addy if you want to use it.

Thanks to all,

FROM: Lynn
DATE: Sunday February 22, 2004 -- 9:20:32 pm
My boyfriend has now proved that he's a real man because we looked up your genius website before even trying to attack the clog. His fragile male ego is preserved and I can pee, so everybody wins. Thanks!

FROM: tina
DATE: Friday February 27, 2004 -- 7:35:15 pm
ok, i've plunged now for um...3/4 days. my loving son is 4 and uses those wipes for toddlers that are "flushable!!" HA! only if you don't use 20 at a time. and then of course there is the poo he forgot to flush the second time. i put some bleach in today to clear the germiness and the smell. now i'm going to check the water level and get a bucket. i'll let you know how it goes.
ps--funny how comedy shows up in crappy situations (hehe)

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday February 27, 2004 -- 8:44:53 pm
"The Daily Ping: Preserving the male ego, one toilet at a time."

FROM: mad woman
DATE: Wednesday March 3, 2004 -- 4:48:00 pm
Eeeeyyyaaa!!! Ok so I wake up this morning to a flooded washroom, laundry room and hall. Yes, I seem to recall my son (Mr. 13 year old power dumper) saying to me as I was sleeping, "Mom the toilet downstairs is plugged" Well after my husband went to work and he went to school there I was left with the mess. NICE GUYS!!! Dinner tonight, what dinner. I mopped up water with about a hundred towels for an hour or so then I plunged til the cows ran home still nothing so I ran down to the hardware store and got some one second plumber which has worked remarkably fantastic before but after 5 attempts with this I am mopping up the entire bathroom floor again and I have shut off the water. The gazillions of shit chunks and corn are making me mental and the toilet bowl is still filled to the rim. HELP, PLEASE!

FROM: Girlygirl
DATE: Saturday March 6, 2004 -- 12:45:09 pm
Thank you so much for your advice. I plunged and plunged till I felt like I was going to be sick, then as others before me have said I found your site. I tried the hot water and toilet cleaner and low and behold I heard a flush, that was after about ten more plungings using the slow/fast technique. Thank you for helping me, I have never done that before!!!

FROM: Sheree
DATE: Saturday March 13, 2004 -- 10:00:28 pm
Just want people to know that thier snakes should be run down the clean out pipe not directly in the toilet if possible. It works best. Also We also bought a water pressure snake
type unclogger at Lowes for our toilet. It works every time.

FROM: Carlos
DATE: Sunday March 14, 2004 -- 3:41:15 pm
This is the best advice I've ever seen on fixing toilet clogs. My girlfriend of about six months is so cute and shy at only 5'2". But, her poops are the biggest I've ever seen jammed in a toilet bowl. Our first weekend together at my place, she managed to drop an unflushable burrito-size log into my toilet. She didn't even clog it at first - it was too big to even go down the hole, just flopped around when she flushed! I kept hearing her flush and flush and flush. She was so embarrassed, she cried, but I told her not to worry. Actually, I curious: how could a girl so small do such a big monster? I used my plunger but her load got jammed in the hole so bad the bowl overflowed when I tried to flush. I let it sit overnight, plunged furiously the next day and - whoosh! - her monster went down. Usually she poops and even with my older full flush toilet, the log just spin around and refuse to fit down the hole. One morning she was late for work and I get up later for school. I open the lid and two huge beer can size poopies are hogging the bowl. I can't believe these things - the girl is about 105 lbs! She says she always does really huge thick ones every other day - even eats lots of fiber and fruits. Last week, though, she was on her period and constipated. She did a double one, and with her tampon and some paper, it just swirled around and wouldn't even go down. So I look online and find this site. I figured that since her load is so big, the really hot water will help dissolve the poopie. I pour a bucket of scalding hot water in the bowl, wait about an hour and flush. One log goes down and on the second try part of the other log goes down. i still had to plunge the other log down, but the hot water really really works. Now when she poops at my place she pours hot water into the bowl, lets it sit for an hour and then flush it. She still can't poop, flush and run like most people, but she doesn't have to use the plunger so long anymore. We are both happier. And my toilet i am sure is happier!

FROM: Chris
DATE: Monday March 15, 2004 -- 8:51:13 am
Here's a suggestion for all of you who take massive poop's:

Get some paint mixing sticks from Home Depot or other Hardware store, and use one to chop up the poop into smaller clumps before flushing that will go down -- saves alot of effort in plunging and flooded bathrooms!

FROM: Brian
DATE: Monday March 15, 2004 -- 8:26:24 pm
Thanks, Bro. The closet auger worked. I can't believe I found one in the garage! Elves must have left it!

FROM: Unhappy Crapper
DATE: Friday March 26, 2004 -- 4:07:21 pm
hmm the wad of tp doesn't seem like it wants to go away. 5 buckets of water, some plunging and still nothing...yet. i swear when i get a house i'm installing a toilet that lets me flush a whole roll of tp if i wanted to. bah.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday March 26, 2004 -- 4:28:16 pm
That's the greatest name anyone's ever posted with.

FROM: Katie
DATE: Monday April 5, 2004 -- 4:57:54 pm
Just wondering, but how to tell who is accountable for clogging the toilet? The person who used it right before it clogs or the one who is unable to perform a regular flush after? Since I live with roommates, it would be helpful to know who is responsible in executing the "pleasant" task of fixing.

FROM: Barb
DATE: Friday April 9, 2004 -- 5:11:12 pm
Comment to Tiffany Feb 4th.

My four year old was also fastidious. Used lots of t.p. and clogged the toilet all the time. Soon he outgrew this behaviour and became more creative in the bathroom.

He liked to put one end of the toilet paper in the bowl and flush. Then stand there and watch the roll of paper wildly unwind as the receding water pulled the toilet paper off the roll and down the toilet.

A normal roll of toilet paper can disappear in only three flushes of an old fashioned toilet... all without clogging the toilet. Such a bright child!

DATE: Friday April 16, 2004 -- 3:52:55 pm
Thank you so much! I came home from college to suprise my parents and the first thing that happens when they leave the house the toliet gets clogged!! This helped so much on the unpleasnet task!

FROM: Tori the Terrible
DATE: Saturday April 17, 2004 -- 3:57:55 pm
Oh thank you, thank you, thank you! After plunging, buying a new plunger and plunging some more I find your website. Nothng worked. Being single with 3 kids and no one interested in supporting his children, i could not afford an auger. So I try the hot water in a bucket. 2 times and no whoosh! So I read through half your site, tears pouring down my face and I am ready to try again! (I needed to cuz I was laughing so hard I needed to pee or wet myself!) So back to plunging & hot water and still nothing. Back to reading the comments, with more tears and more desparation with the laughter induced need to pee! Finally I grab a large plastic trash bag and stick my hand in it with the intention of shoving the clog over the hump. OMG my hand would not fit through the hole. I am a small boned woman. My wrist has a diameter of 6 inches, the largest portion of my hand has a diameter of 8 inches! I think that is smaller than a beer can!! In our old home I had no problem shoving my hand into the toilet hole. I had to call in my 11 yr old son. Lucky for me, my line hits puberty late. Anyway, he places his hand in the plastic bag and voila! pulls out a stick. It was about 10 inches long not real thick, and for some odd reason, was shoved down my toilet!!!!!! I now know how to unclog a toilet clogged in the normal way, and will remember to search for stray toys & such "accidently" flushed down.

FROM: Bill
DATE: Monday April 19, 2004 -- 11:19:06 am
I have tired all of the aforementioned methods. I can't seem to get the auger down the toilet. My toilet goes down then slopes upward like an elbow bend. I cannot for the life of me make the auger get past that bend? Any ides??

FROM: Justine
DATE: Thursday April 22, 2004 -- 12:18:18 am
ok...I've got a problem. The toilet I believe is clogged. I read this site ....tried the plunger til I my arms were ready to fall off.....tried the warm luck.....went to wal-mart at midnight and bought a luck there either. Now...on top of that, I have another problem. The toilet keeps overflowing....not from flushing....just sitting there with the water in it. So now I have turned off the water....used every single towel I have cleaning up the mess....and I still need help. So.....I'm begging for HELP!!!!!!
I guess I will have to call the landlord tomorrow morning.

FROM: james kieck
DATE: Saturday April 24, 2004 -- 9:18:17 pm
I accidently flushed a Scotch-Brite
"Disposable" Scrubber down the
toilet. It came off the handle as I
flushed the toilet. It is now clogged.
Any suggestions without using a
snake to get it to go through the
rest of the way?

FROM: Down Under Thunder
DATE: Sunday May 2, 2004 -- 4:20:46 pm
This message is for the comment made earlier about toilets with two flushing modes.... In Australia, there are TWO buttons... one to use for just pee, and one super-charged flusher for those nights after being at the bar. I think American's should adopt our toilets, and our shower heads too (the have huge long arms with elbows on them!!) and life would be much better for everyone.

DATE: Monday May 3, 2004 -- 9:57:14 am
Re the scotchbrite "disposable" clogging. Same problem. Our cleaning lady has a shaky command of English, but looks at a lot of TV. She say the toliet bowl cleaner made of paper being flushed and thought that she was using a flushable one rather than a disposable product. This is where the subtlety of language trips you up. I have used both a toliet auger, plunger and a good bit of paitience, but still have a problem about every two or three flushes. I am trying to figure out where the hangup could be since the auger was able to go in its full length and has repeatedly. I am trying to avoid pulling the toliet off the floor. It must be floating around acting like a flap valve.
Any plumbers out there willing to share the configuration of the toliet trap and any solution to the problem? Thanks

DATE: Monday May 3, 2004 -- 10:01:23 am
Toliets in Rome, Naples and Sorrento all had this highly sensible system of small flush/big flush. The mechanism is on the wall above the toliet at about 5 feet and flush (sorry) to the wall. Looks something like a large box of Kleenex with large and obvious buttons.

FROM: Eric
DATE: Thursday May 13, 2004 -- 12:25:10 pm
Thank God, the Toliet is working again! I came home last night from a late night in the office to a loving family of wife and three daughters, no hello, no love you, or I missed you, but the toliet is clogged. I plunged, I augered, I took the toliet off ran the auger both direction, used a hose outside and created pressure to blow the clog out. Nothing! This morning, I plunged, I augered, I went to home depot, bought a new "Industrial Strength" plunger still to no avail! Then what a relief I found on this site. I used hot water, plunged and auger some more...and more...and finally it works again. The problem plastic applicators from my oldest daughter. Is there any kind of housing assistance for a man living among women one week per month? Thanks for the replies!

FROM: Binkley
DATE: Sunday May 16, 2004 -- 6:00:15 pm
You are the MAN. I'll admit, after battling my stupid "low flush water-saving toilet" in my college apt. for 2 hours, I was like "this water bucket thing isn't going to work". I figured what the hell though and tried it...after one bucket and some plunging it totally unclogged the toilet! Damn too good!

I really miss my old house where my dad installed one of those "2-stage" flushes, where like one handle was for liquid and the other for solid. It was also cool because if you really needed power you could pull BOTH handles. =)

FROM: Benny
DATE: Sunday May 23, 2004 -- 2:54:37 am
Thank you thank you thank you!!! It happened 'round midnight. It wasn't even a big one, but it clogged the toilet really good. (whatever happened to the toilets that you could flush toys??? They just don't make them like they used to)... Anyway- last time it got clogged, my roommate and I went to Home Depot and got the "heavy duty" plunger. It worked last time, but no such luck tonight. I plunged and plunged and plunged and plunged. Then for some odd reason, I decided to look online for some info that might possibly help me. I found this site and read everyone's problems and somehow things didn't seem so bad here. Anyway- there was no way I was going to shell out cash for a snake, so I tried the bucket thing. Except I didn't have a bucket; I just used a big pot from the kitchen (don't worry-I'll wash it). 2 or 3 times later it was still clogged. The water would go down SLOWLY when I plunged after adding the pot/bucket water, but it was still clogged. So I decided to try one of the posted suggestions. I plunged, then flushed and continued to plunge. Worked like a charm. I got a little nervous when the water was rising in the bowl--(I live on the third floor of a 100-year-old house), and I didn't want to disturb my lower neighbors with water flooding all over. Luckily though, things worked out. Which is good, because I always have business to take care of in the morning... Anyway- great site, and thanks again.

FROM: loretta
DATE: Monday May 31, 2004 -- 4:47:54 pm
i did every thing that i could does anyone have any advice someone please reposnd

FROM: Fred
DATE: Wednesday June 9, 2004 -- 3:04:29 am
THANK YOU SO MUCH! MY toilet was clogged and the bucket trick worked! You just saved me $100 from having to call a plumber! THANK YOU!!!!

DATE: Sunday June 13, 2004 -- 6:52:16 pm

FROM: Richard J
DATE: Tuesday June 15, 2004 -- 8:26:04 am
I flushed a ton of moldy meatballs
and I think one or two are still hanging on. I've been plunging for (2) days. My toilet flushes very slowly but can't take on any crap. Any advice?

FROM: Taryn
DATE: Thursday June 17, 2004 -- 5:38:22 pm
It didn't work atal, the water splashed all over me and the solid came up and over flowed all over my bathroom, i think it would have been best to call a plumber then to waste my time doing that, but your idea sounds like it works for most , i guess it just didnt work on my dam crapper!!!!

FROM: Crappity-Crap
DATE: Wednesday July 7, 2004 -- 11:57:24 am
This is the funniest thing I've ever read! Ain't the Internet great?
Anyway, I got the toilet fixed and the water mopped up - took every single towel I own, and some dog blankets.
Any advice on 1) how to clean the carpet that got soaked with the disgusting water or 2) how to make sure the bathroom floor and the towels are really, actually, totally clean?

FROM: Shantell
DATE: Sunday July 11, 2004 -- 5:12:42 pm
Wow step 3 really works my toilet had been giving me trouble for weeks and this is the only thing that has managed to work... THANKS BUNCHES!!!

FROM: alex
DATE: Sunday July 11, 2004 -- 5:33:26 pm
hey thanks alot... i can finally throw out the "broken toilet" sign...

FROM: Joel
DATE: Monday July 12, 2004 -- 1:04:56 am
I have a split level house with both toilets off the master and one off the hallway. The one in the hallway isn't flushing, the water just kinda spins around and never goes all the way down and refills. The one in the master eventually goes down but it just seems like a really really weak flush. At first I thought I was clogged and I plunged like hell and then I even grabbed a 5 gallon bucket from the garage and poured 2 or 3 hot buckets down each toilet. Every time, the water went right down the toilet and when I tried to flush again, the same result...not the good solid flush I was hoping for. Any advice on what my next step should be?

DATE: Tuesday July 13, 2004 -- 11:02:02 am
I too am one of those unfortunates that flushed a "Disposable" Scrubber thinking for some reason that it was "flushable" although was doubtful when I flushed it...
I then became frantic because the toilet showed signs of clogging and then nothing flushed... the problem is that I get up really early before the hardware stores opens, so was worried sick for a couple of hours before I ran to the hardware store... finally bought myself a plunger phew~ several plunging and a couple of buckets of hot water later, boom! Magically, my toilet is flushing again! Thanks!!!
Never will I flush that disposable toilet cleaner again... (later I found out that the box clearly indicated NOT TO FLUSH...but I guess no one really reads the instructions when they are sure of how it works....)

DATE: Wednesday July 14, 2004 -- 9:01:09 am
oh my goodness thank you so much :D this was my first time to unclog a toilet:D an i was freaking out because da water keep comming out....i really dint think i was gonna find a website on how to "unclog" a thanks!!!:D

FROM: Linda
DATE: Tuesday July 20, 2004 -- 2:24:31 pm
Once when I was a little girl a very mean lady blamed me for clogging the family pot. She poured a can of whole black olives in it before she made me plunge it. What's up with the olives????

FROM: DoILookLikeMrsRotoRooter2U??
DATE: Monday July 26, 2004 -- 12:55:03 pm
I don't know what was in there, and I don't want to know. I run a family childcare business, and trust's better that I NOT know what was clogging the toilet. Although, as I stood in the bathroom, frantically throwing towels all over the floor to catch the river of sludge that was fragrantly flowing towards the carpeted hallway...I would have liked to know WHO put the unknown object in the toilet. That was Friday. I plunged it. I plunged all night. I plunged more on Saturday, then used an auger. I augered, and plunged...plunged and augered. I have blisters on my hands and broke two fingernails. Not to mention, I managed to flood the bathroom at least four times in the process. To top it off, as I was plunging yet again on Sunday...I heard, "MOM!!! THE UPSTAIRS TOILET IS OVERFLOWING!!!!" I ran, plunger still in hand, up the stairs to see yet another river of sludge. I quickly administered a speech about the necessary amount of toilet paper, while frantically plunging the upstairs toilet. THAT one cleared, but not before I had to use an entire pile of laundry to soak up the equally fragrant river that threatened to fill the floor vent and leak, once again, through the kitchen ceiling. Today? I plunged. Then I found this site. Six pans of hot water later, we are a free flushing family again. Now...I have to clean up the water damage. I am nauseated. I might never eat again. I do know that anyone entering the bathroom will be swiftly searched for foreign objects and promptly handed their allotted two squares of paper. NEVER AGAIN!

Thank you for your hot water saved me!

FROM: Theo
DATE: Sunday August 1, 2004 -- 9:33:20 pm

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 2, 2004 -- 7:41:10 am
Why do I suspect that might not be the best advice?

FROM: Rhoda Rita
DATE: Tuesday August 3, 2004 -- 2:03:11 pm
Hi we have a new kitten and have been scooping the poop out of a clay kitty litter and flushing it down the toilet.We thought we would try Fresh Step because it smelled better. Well the toilet is clogged up and it won't budge. I read the box and in tiny print it says "do not flush". Is there any home remedy that will unclog my toilet?

FROM: Linda
DATE: Wednesday August 4, 2004 -- 1:40:42 pm
Hi Rodha - Why not try the olives??? It worked 30 years ago!!!!

FROM: Rhoda Rita
DATE: Wednesday August 4, 2004 -- 5:31:06 pm
Well since yesterday we took the toilet completely off and outside. We took the sprayer of the hose to it and got quite a bit out. We blasted it from both directions and were sure we had it all. After installing it again, we flushed and waaa! it is real slow...water comes nearly to the rim and then it slowly gurgles down the drain...sigh! Is it time for a plumber or should we take it off again and blast the drain? Does anyone know of anything that dissolves the clumping kitty litter?

DATE: Saturday August 7, 2004 -- 11:19:30 pm
here's what happened
for, some reason, BEES kept appearing in my room and I obviously have to dispove of them
after squashing it under a cup to run upstairs quick (not to mention i piled a couple VHS tapes on top of it and my cat HAD to go over and rub against it thus making the whole thing spilla ll over, the damn thing still wasn't dead
anyways i ran up and grabbed two wads of Paper Towel, one to sop up the floor and one to squash the bee then i ran upstair and tossed them in the toilet
apparently someone had already thrown TP in there (we don't at my house becuz it clogs easily
and I always flush killed insects down the toilet
i just do
and so now the damn thing is clogged and .....>:o

FROM: Capt Casey
DATE: Friday August 13, 2004 -- 11:32:06 pm
I :ve done it all over the years unclog this and that well my dog likes the yoyo we bought our son only prob is bella thought of a new hiding place the tolet and i went in thinking it was a peice of crap or paper done went and flushed it one plunger later a fire hose preasure trick of 250 psi and doing the arm exercises has not worked helppppppppp Capt casey

FROM: Capt casey
DATE: Friday August 13, 2004 -- 11:53:16 pm
Ok it"s finnally done. I got so mad at my son i tiold hem to get it out or he pays out of his own money 45- for the call from mr tidy bowl man. he looked on the computer for 3 hours in his room came out with a wire coat hanger locked hemself in the bathroom and 5 mins later came out yoyo in hand and said mom you owe me 45- ha in his dreams Goes to show you kids are smarter than we think they are and if they have to pay they figure it out fast. Good luck all and enjoy reading .

FROM: Thomas pee shooter
DATE: Saturday August 14, 2004 -- 12:22:22 am
Well Capt i would figure if your son can unclog a tolet it might be time to get hem a job he seems bright enough to know how to save money and knows how to unclog a tolet wish i had hem 2 mos ago when my son droped a wallett in the tolet by accdent flushed and then tried to grab it . it stuck . He had 400- in that wallett hand stuck in tolet firmly clinging to his money his hand stuck. We had to call 911 and there were gails of laughter doing and afterwards. They asked hem if he had desided his poop was so dear to hem. When they finnally removed his hand sooping with water crap and what nots he looks at me and said i"m done . He and i went out bought a nice expensive tolet to replace the one torn up . I had to go crap so i sat down did my thing flushed and stood up to hear a friendly ploop awwwwwwwwwww my wallet droped into the tolet i figured my hand my 25- and credit cards could be replaced did i ever tell hem heck no and join in the being laughed at i think not . Remeber if you wear your wallet in your back pocket take it out before hand as while you stand up your jeans rub against the tolet droping it nice into the crapper. Good luck all and now i am heading to bed:)

FROM: b.bradford
DATE: Friday August 20, 2004 -- 1:49:12 pm
we dont use the (bowl ) toilet anymore and depend on the "stuff "being wrapped in old newspapers and deposited in the garbage bin-----works a treat !!

FROM: Pete
DATE: Monday August 23, 2004 -- 4:51:27 pm
Hi yall,
i was at my aunts and uncles house and accidentally ate something that didn't agree with me. but i am too afriad to ask them for help. so i flush and the stuff started to come back up i came up to the top of the bowl stopped and startedt to go back down. i am kinda afriad to try the warm water fearing it will come back up and believe this there isn't a single plunger in this entire house. trust me i have search. anyone have any ideas

FROM: rhoda rita
DATE: Thursday August 26, 2004 -- 7:11:02 pm
Well I got the toilet unclogged of the clumping kitty litter (see note Aug 3, 2004) and I didn't have to call a plumber. I poured a half of a large bottle of Draino Gel into the toilet (says not to use in toilets...probably because they do not want it splashing on you) and let it sit for 12 hours (had the toilet taped shut so no one would use it). Then after all that time I flushed it several was slow. Then after I was sure the Draino was all gone I plunged it and it had loosened it enough that it moved the litter. By the way, I experimented with the litter in the kitchen to make sure it would dissolve it. It works great now and I would reccommend it to anyone. Also, in all the reading I did, I learned it was making my kitten sick...he was throwing up. His symptions went away as soon as we went back to the regular litter. I am very dissapointed that Fresh Step Clumping kitty litter did not warn me to not flush this stuff (it is on the box in tiny letters) and also that it might make some kittens sick and even die. Hope this helps someone.

FROM: Heather
DATE: Friday September 3, 2004 -- 3:59:06 pm
OH my gosh- thank you SO much for your tips on how to plunger properly and the hot water trick! You've saved my life- really. We have those moronic low water usage toilets and they get clogged constantly if you even look at them with toilet paper in your hand. Mine got super mega clogged and its been that way for a month- I kept trying and trying to fix it while my parents were at work- I didnt want to tell them.. I was afraid they'd get mad at me. Finally your hot water trick saved the day! Yay! Thank you thank you thank you!

FROM: Danny
DATE: Tuesday September 7, 2004 -- 9:00:32 am
I did the 3 steps: plunge, toilet snake/auger, and bucket of water. I also use presure water and nothing, the toilet still clog. Now didn't tell you, i have two terrible Kids that i'm asuming they put a toy inside because i don't have other explanation.....If is a toy how can i take it out?....Please i need HELP!!!!

FROM: Gloria
DATE: Sunday September 12, 2004 -- 3:51:19 am
Thanks for the suggestions and chuckles. My problem is that I have only one toilet, so my only options were to fix it or to drive to a gas station the next time I had to go.

Such a yucky thing to have to deal with! And who wants to ask someone for help?! Not me!

Persistence and lots of plunging (done correctly, thanks to you)...with some hot water did the trick for me! (I'm not sure if the water actually helped, but I'm going to pour some down the drain once in a while...just in case it'll prevent this from happening again!)

Thank you!

FROM: Mary
DATE: Sunday September 12, 2004 -- 8:30:03 pm
Thank you !! after abput 10 or 12 buckets it worked

FROM: Kara
DATE: Monday September 13, 2004 -- 4:55:59 pm
First, I'd like to say that it wasn't excretions from myself or my roommates that clogged the toilet...It was our pet bunny. I cleaned the cage today, and because he has biodegradable litter, I decided to flush it, little by little, down the toilet. I got the the very last flush before the (big pun here...) shit hit the fan.
I've tried the plunging (messy, no results), hot water (Slowly drains the toilet), and I have a snake on the way, but is there anything else that might help? Like drano or something? I can't call maintenence because we're not supposed to have pets, and you can definitely tell it's not poo!

Help please!

FROM: Nick
DATE: Friday September 17, 2004 -- 5:43:17 pm
What clogs the toilet, just poo or the cobo of poo and toilet paper. Would just flushing the poo clog the toilet.

DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 12:45:31 pm
I have plunged. I have snaked. I have tried bucket after bucket of hot water. I have even used sulfuric acid (do not try this at home, unless you are used to working with concentrated acids). Nothing has worked. Any other suggestions? I can't afford a plumber.

FROM: Sherri
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 7:14:22 pm
I have to say I have never laughed so hard in a really long time. I have a slow toliet at home and decided to ask Jeeves before I left work tonight to see if I possibly need to get anything on the way home.

OMG! I have been reading and laughing for over a hour now! My colleagues are seriously worried about me. Some have even inquired who is under my desk!

Thanks for all the laughs and the advice!

FROM: Pamela Perkins
DATE: Thursday September 30, 2004 -- 11:51:10 am
Great site!

I had been snaking and plunging for 6 weeks. Maintenance had been out twice with their snake. It always got cleared until about the 3rd time someone flushed the toilet. I was ready to jump o... (Pingmaster's note: technical issues cut off the rest of this post)

FROM: Steve [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday October 2, 2004 -- 9:44:29 pm
Great site. VERY informational and educational!! I just bought my first house at 38 years old this week and know so very little about repairing anything. Within my first week of being a home owner, my toilet almost over flowed TWICE. I did not know what to do except jump on the internet and start reading and found your site - Pop Plop - What a relief to find your site. Thanks so much for posting your advice on the web - you are a life saver - and that's NO CRAP!! Seriously,....THANK YOU!!!!!

FROM: stephanie
DATE: Saturday October 9, 2004 -- 6:05:27 pm
i have m.s., my husband is confined to a wheelchair, as his primary caretaker i accidently flushed some baby wipes and now the mainfloor toilet is clogged. i've plunged and plunged and snaked and snaked, even used my hand to help the auger to get up and over. no use. the water comes up to the rim and then very slowly goes down; no flushing sound. i'm at my wits end but refuse to let the stupid toilet win. M.S. didn't win and i'm slowly getting my husband well. (not easy).
After MANY hospitals and Kessler Institute for 2 years, I managed to get my husband thru that melee. if i can do that, i have to be able to unclog a stupid toilet. I've learned to do many things around the house, even bought my own tools! But this toilet has my brain clogged! How do I unclog both, quickly , before my wits are flushed? please HELP!

DATE: Friday October 15, 2004 -- 6:41:17 pm
OMG - this is too funny! I found this by googling "how to fix a overflowing toilet" and I am so glad to see that I am not the only one in an apartment with a crappy toilet. The one in my master bedroom bathroom overflowed twice....3 months ago...and I have been using the other one, and now that one is overflowing as well. I have "Dranoed" it, snaked it, and plunged it (the master one) and would like to try the hot water trick....however, does anyone know if I should be wary of anything since it hasn't been flushed since July? There is water in it - very little, but there is some - and there is water in the tank so I am assuming it will be okay....thanks to anyone who responds!! =)

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday October 15, 2004 -- 8:15:10 pm
Dear Mr./Ms. Ass Off,

I don't think there'd be any problem with flushing again, even after that long.

DATE: Friday October 15, 2004 -- 11:18:10 pm
I can't believe I just typed unclogging a toilet in google. My plunger really sucks so I did the hot water trick and after about 5 tries it finally unclogged, you rule man.

FROM: three happy gals
DATE: Sunday October 24, 2004 -- 11:43:09 pm
We ignored it. We plunged. We watched a movie. Still clogged. Our guest and suspected clog-creator lamented, "I hate my poo!" Clearly, it was time to call Mom. We got some general advice, a pep talk and empathy from a second-grader who claimed to have clogged her own toilet earlier today.

The plunging resumed. We discussed adding bleach, and then talked about Drano! Thanks to the internet and the power of Google, a potentially explosive situation was avoided. Certain members of the plunging crew were skeptical, but overwhelming support of the hot water technique convinced us to give it a try. Three boiling pots later we were back in business... although no one wants to be the first to test the restored toilet.

Thank you! We laughed, we cried, we triumphed. Does this mean we're real grown-ups now?

FROM: Relieved
DATE: Monday October 25, 2004 -- 1:46:53 pm
Bet you didn't expect this thread to be wildly popular three and a half years after posting!

I finally did manage to unclog the toilet that brought me to this page, thank god. I didn't have to resort to the bucket, although I will if it comes up again, but the advice a couple of people gave on plunging *while flushing* worked for me. Thank you for providing this obviously crucial Internet forum for us all.

FROM: yipee [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday October 29, 2004 -- 10:59:32 am
thank you! it worked. tried 1 cup bleach overnight--no go. found blog this am. learned to plug correctly, followed by boiling water & hot water.
(ps. do sand grains indicate damaged pipe or possibly sand in plunger?)

DATE: Monday November 1, 2004 -- 6:18:23 pm
Great advice. I didn't know what to do but found all the information here.

FROM: kim
DATE: Thursday November 4, 2004 -- 7:41:50 pm
sometimes my massive craps clog the toilet. this site gave me the motivation i needed to unclog it before it started stinking up the whole house this time. thanks!

FROM: Sara
DATE: Sunday November 7, 2004 -- 8:39:23 pm
Small child learning to use toilet threw a wad of baby wipes and flushed. Husband used--I'll spare you the details since you wouldn't be on this webpage if you weren't in my same situation. I didn't think baby wipes were flushable, but I didn't realize the extent to which they are not. I expected a paper towel type clog--a pain in the ass, but I will have a sweet victory over this shit with some hefty plunging. I wish. I can't imagine a tougher clog than if we'd poured cement in the fucking toilet. Well, I'm off to plunge in vain, bend a few more coat hangers out of shape, and say a few more words that would make a sailor blush.

FROM: Donna
DATE: Monday November 8, 2004 -- 10:56:43 pm
FANTASTIC! After 2 hours, used the warm water trick, after about 20 buckets done!!! Thank You!!!!!

FROM: nick
DATE: Tuesday November 9, 2004 -- 10:28:37 am
This is hilarius, I've never laughed so hard. I thought I had toilet problems, some of the sh*t you guys when through is nasty. Anyways.. my toilet is clogged. My friend who is a plumber came over, we plunged the toilet, we snaked the toilet, still no luck, then we tried the hot water trick, nothing, so then we get the big heavy duty auger tip rooter out of the van. We go down in the basement and uncap the clean out. That was the most disgusting thing ive ever seen. Once the sh*t water got done back flowing we ran 25 foot rod through it. It still wont unclog. Anyone have any advice.. I have a septic system. I thought that maybe the septic was full, but my bath tub still drains and so does all of the sinks in the house. I dont know what to do next.

FROM: Sara
DATE: Tuesday November 9, 2004 -- 7:04:35 pm
We finally got rid of the baby wipes clog. (I swear it would only take a few boxes of wipes to hold back the Nile.)
Not sure what worked, but here's a run down of our efforts.

1. 8-10 plunging sessions by husband and wife team each (often with previously mentioned toilet clogging small child standing a few feet away asking, "watz dat?" or commenting, "uh-oh".)
2. 5 bent out of shape coathangers that never seemed to do much of anything

3. Several buckets of scalding hot water over a few days time.

4. 2 bottles of Drano (I know it's not supposed to go in the toilet, but I wore my safety goggles.)

Thankfully it's over with. I was starting to think we'd just have to move. From now on, husband and wife team will poop at work, and small child will be instructed to go at gramma's.

FROM: Sara
DATE: Tuesday November 9, 2004 -- 7:06:41 pm
I forgot--We dedicated a kitchen implement I'd never seen before from a drawer I forgot we had. It was very effective in getting in the hole and scooping out some of the wads of baby wipes.

FROM: sally
DATE: Tuesday November 16, 2004 -- 2:07:03 am
okay i deff need help, my dad desided to go away on vacation so its just me and my mom, and the stupid toilet desides thats this is the time to clog, i have no idea what a snake/auger is and my mom and i are not the brightest at using new tools, the plunger did nothing more than bring up water and keep it there and now nothing is going anyway, i have water high up enough that i cant even use the warm water method, so what else can i do?

FROM: Christine
DATE: Tuesday November 16, 2004 -- 4:35:09 pm

It's nice to know I am not the only one who has had to deal with crap. :) This morning my toilet clogged and I went into the mode of don't tell me this shit is happening.

After flushing my bathroom floor was drenched with water, and a lost turd came up to say hello. How freakin gross.

I was getting ready for work this morning, and only had time to dry the water up off the floor. When I get home I will commence to plunging, and then trying the hot water trick.

Wish me luck? :)

FROM: Jess
DATE: Thursday November 18, 2004 -- 2:52:03 pm
My sister asked me to look up "how to plunge a toilet", so I came to this site. The hot water trick isn't working, but then again, my sister won't let me come into the bathroom to see if she's doing it okay. Anyway, here's a tip:

Expensive toilet paper is THICK (watch the commercials, they admit it!) and it clogs the drains easily. Cheap paper falls apart easily when wet.

Aside from that, I was distressed to read that some of you guys STICK YOUR HANDS IN TOILETS! That's disgusting! I would think calling a plumber or your dad would be less embarrassing in the long run! Yuck!

As for my sister, I think she should just call dad. He's a whiz (no pun intended) with plungers.

Here's another tip:
Sometimes you realize after doing your business that you'll need to use a lot of toilet paper to clean up. I find that if your toilet's prone to clogging, remember to just flush maybe two regular sized wads down, and if you need to keep cleaning, WAIT UNTIL THE TOILET IS FINISHED before continuing to throw TP into the bowl.

Hey, it happens. Better safe than sorry.

Happy plunging! Remember not to panic. :)

FROM: Heather
DATE: Thursday November 18, 2004 -- 5:25:52 pm
I am stressed. I just bought a new house in a water conservation area and they gave me these terrible, low-flow tolits. They clog almost everyday. I am not a big person and I have never cloged a toilet until now. I even flush once when I go and once again with the paper. That sometimes keeps it from clogging, but not usially. I have to plunge it, then flush the paper down. I have three tolits and they all do the same thing. Anyway, I have out-of-state houseguests comming for a week for Thanksgiving and I am very nervous about my tolits. A clog would be very embarising for my guests, and me. Do you think the builder should replace the tolits? Is this normal? Please, help.

FROM: Hannah
DATE: Thursday November 25, 2004 -- 2:19:56 am
All my husbands family came into town today and we had to tell them to use the toilet in the master bathroom, that the main one wasn't flushing right. How embarrassing. After everyone went to bed, I got online and read this site. I plunged unsuccessfully because the toilet is elongated and the plunger can't get a seal. Then I tried the water trick. Lots of tp came floating up. Then, I tried a coat hanger with the end bent like a little hook. Sure enough, my year old had flushed a 8-9 inch tick. It popped right up. Thanks for the inspirations. Happy flushing.

FROM: Hannah
DATE: Thursday November 25, 2004 -- 2:21:26 am
Whoops! That would be a 8-9 inch STICK.

FROM: charles b
DATE: Saturday November 27, 2004 -- 5:08:00 pm
I've got one of those damn water saving shitters in my vacation home. In my other house I've got two great big Kohler cans that never stop up, but the little water saver will choke on even an ordinary movement and civilized amount of t.p.

THe first time it stopped up, I was off to wal-mart and returned with a variety of drain openers and plungers. The first time I plunged and it would fill to the rim and then go down slowly and girgle at the end of the flush. After seveal pots of boiling water, drain opener and more plunging, whosh! I was so proud of myself.

But, alas, it di it again two weeks later. This time, it went down slowly again, wouldn't plunge easily, and I wasn't feeling well and had to crap again (and there was no time to go to wal-mart). Anyway, it made it all the more unpleasant to unstop the damn thing.

Now, as I'm at may vacation home again, it happened on thanksgiving. After dinner, I spent 3 hours plunging, boiling water (it took 4 3 gallon pots), and cursing.

Others have reported recurrent clogs. Isn't the a way to fix this? Is the problem in the toilet or in the floor below?

I've been tempted to try the water ram (the air gun). The last time I used it was on the kitchen sink. The gauge goes up to 80 psi, so I figured 40 ought to be enough. One pop, and the kitchen sink worked perfectly. I smiled at my spouse, and just as I was patting myself on the back for saving money, water (and garbage disposal ground up table scraps) started pouring out from under the sink. The air gun blew the plumbing apart under the sink! By that time I was sooooo pissed I called a plumber, and all the plumbing had to be rebuilt.

Recalling this event as a learning experience, I am fearful of doing anything too aggressive lest the plumbing come apart and flood the downstairs neighbors.

Has anyone else had a problem with recurrent clogs, and what treatment has been useful. Lately, most trips to my summer home have involved 1) going to wal-mart to get toilet unstopping supplies, and 2) nstopping the damn toilet.

DATE: Sunday November 28, 2004 -- 9:25:11 pm
My pug is sick, she's been throwing up like crazy and I haven't really thought about how much crap is going into the toilet until it clogged. I don't have a plunger or that other snake thing, so I'm going to try the hot water trick. Won't this just fill the toilet up with hot water though?

FROM: Tori
DATE: Monday November 29, 2004 -- 3:15:11 pm
Tampons are the devil!!! I plunged all this morning and this afternoon to no avail.. and then looked up: tampon toilet clogs and found this site.. I was like, hot water? hmm.. and I'm not the most "graceful" of people so I'm imagining scalding myself while pouring it down the toilet.. but it worked.. one pot. thanks!

FROM: Laurie
DATE: Thursday December 2, 2004 -- 8:01:52 pm
The water in my toilet is going down very slowly. I think that it may be clogged. It's not overflowing, so what could be the problem?

FROM: Susan
DATE: Wednesday December 8, 2004 -- 12:59:53 pm
Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOu are King of the Crapper, and I thank you

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 8, 2004 -- 2:49:58 pm
You're welcome, my loyal subject.

FROM: Rene
DATE: Thursday December 9, 2004 -- 12:48:16 am
Thank you immensely!
I doubted the hot water trick was going to work but since I was at my wits end, decided to try it and Voila! it worked with the first bucket. I am so grateful to you for such a great tip and for your site!!! Much cheaper than a plumber, an auger, and all the work of using one.
I am passing this site on to everyone I know.
You made my day, week, month, maybe even year!

FROM: David
DATE: Friday December 10, 2004 -- 12:45:20 am
Thank you so much!!! Nothing like waking up and suddenly finding your toilet is clogged at midnight. Thankfully I don't have to be anywhere tomorrow!!!

FROM: Amanda
DATE: Tuesday December 21, 2004 -- 1:11:06 pm
Thank you for posting this information, and for doing it in a way that it can be understood. I actucally got the toilet that had been clogged for days unclogged! Unfourtantly, my husband is sleeping and therefore did not witness this miracle.

DATE: Tuesday December 21, 2004 -- 5:36:07 pm

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 22, 2004 -- 7:38:48 am
The toilet auger (which runs ~$25, but is a good investment) is the best bet in that case.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday December 22, 2004 -- 8:50:45 am

You simply may need to get a bucket and a cup you never want to use again in order to bring the water level down. If the toilet refills when you remove the water, you should shut off the supply valve. Wear rubber gloves!

FROM: Geri
DATE: Monday December 27, 2004 -- 7:29:52 pm
Hi, I plunged and augered all day today...then poured in hot water...and plunged again. Still nothing works! The auger (3ft) seems to come out through the same hole, rather than up the curve and into the trap! HELP!!!!

FROM: King
DATE: Tuesday December 28, 2004 -- 1:58:19 am
Belive the Hype, the hot water trick did it for me in one shot. I used a pretty big bucket and some pretty hot water but it worked. It must be nice to know you've helped so many people. Thanks!

FROM: Wow!
DATE: Tuesday December 28, 2004 -- 9:22:48 pm
Thank you so much..the toilet was clogged and after much desperate plunging for over an hour i searched the web and found this site. The hot water worked well, it took about 5 buckets and now my toilet flushes superbly!!! Thanks again!

FROM: Hot Water.....YES!!
DATE: Wednesday December 29, 2004 -- 9:27:41 am
Thank you!. I went directly to the "hot water" treatment. It took three "hot water" treatments before the toilet flush. The toilet flushes better than before.

Thanks Again

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:17:36 pm

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:18:23 pm

FROM: angele
DATE: Monday January 3, 2005 -- 3:49:07 am
we have tried plugging, the snake, and now we have the toilet off, put a new toilet on and the toilet is still backing up with the new toilet. it's a basement washroom. could the problem be in the sewer pipe? we have tried looking in the hole when the toilet was off, but we couldn't see any blockage. when i run water in the shower or sink drain, I can hear the toilet water bubbling. if the blockage is in the sewer pipe, could the hot water trick work? What about liquid draino?

DATE: Monday January 3, 2005 -- 4:09:52 am
AMAZING... the frigin hot water trick worked.... took 3 times then it started to finally go down a little.. than a little plunger action.. then a few more hot water treatments... and just like new... I cant believe that actually worked... Thanks so much

FROM: angele
DATE: Monday January 3, 2005 -- 8:37:28 am
Hooray!Hooray! It worked! The old hot water and the bucket trick. Thank you so much for something so simple as that. And we were going to call a plumber to come in this morning. The funny thing is my husband is a good handy man around the house, but I solved this problem through your help, and now I know how to install a toilet.

FROM: Elsie
DATE: Tuesday January 4, 2005 -- 10:19:14 pm
We deal with a plugged up toilet every time our grandkids come. Tonight we spent 2 hours without any results. We don't have an auger, but we have a plunger, three snakes and half a dozen books that are supposed to help in times of need. I decided to ask Jeeves. Thank you so much, we did the water bucket thing a half dozen times or more, but it finally did the trick. Next Christmas or birthday my grandkids are getting branflakes.

FROM: Lisa
DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 9:08:45 pm
I can't tell you how much enjoyment you have brought to my husband and I during this trying time. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only woman who clogs the toilet every month. This one was a doosie. I thought we were going to be owing the plumber on this one, but a lot of plunging and two buckets of really hot water later, the flushing is music to my ears. I even did a little dance of joy to the sound of the flush. Hooray for this wonderful source of information.

DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 10:23:28 pm
You know so many people visit this page in particualar because they dont knwo how search engines work so they type in thing like "how to unclog a toilet" and it perfectl matches. But, once i own a home i will come back and read this, since it is always in the last 25 comments.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 10:31:42 pm
"How to unclog a toilet" is a perfectly logical thing to search for... it's exactly what I would suspect an article to be titled (and since "how" and "to" are likely to be ignored anyway, it's pretty much the same as searching for "unclogging a toilet").

DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 10:35:30 pm
I can't believe I just typed unclogging a toilet in google. My plunger really sucks so I did the hot water trick and after about 5 tries it finally unclogged, you rule man.
How did u find this webpage? And while we are on the google subject, i got detention last month for going online and finding a way to solve this "balance 9 nails on top of one puzzle" it took our group like a minute and i got extra credit but a week later the teahcer found out how i did it and he was really pissed.

DATE: Saturday January 8, 2005 -- 4:34:41 pm
Ok, toilet flapper closes early. I bought a new one, and it still closes early. i have taken all the slack out of the flapper chain, and moved it all along the flush handle rod. cleaned out the slanted inlet hole inside the bowl too. toilet doesn't flush all the way, and i'm stuck with el crapo in the bowl. any ideas.....

FROM: webseth [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday January 9, 2005 -- 12:46:27 am
get some people come into your house, they would love to lick clean your toilet in no time, yummy

FROM: Georgia
DATE: Sunday January 9, 2005 -- 1:40:08 am
Help! My bath tub backs up into the toilet and flood the floor. They must be on the same line. What can be done to fix this?

FROM: In love with Mr. Fix it!
DATE: Monday January 10, 2005 -- 1:25:33 pm

I LOVE YOU! I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE YOU! You are the greatest man to have ever lived. Forget romance, flowers, candy... a man who can tell me how to fix something that has made my life a NIGHTMARE... now that's what long lasting relationships are based on! I LOVE YOU!

My toilet has been clogged for THREE days... YUP... three days! I am a single woman who is also a first time home owner and the thought of paying someone to fix a clogged toilet... not only was it embarrassing but I just didn't think it was necessary but I was getting desperate!

The hot water... that worked! One bucket... nothing... bailed out all of the water and thought I'd give it a second try... well... the second bucket followed by the plunging action... it's A MIRACLE!

Have I mentioned... I LOVE YOU!

Thank you!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday January 10, 2005 -- 1:49:29 pm
I LOVE YOU! I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE YOU! You are the greatest man to have ever lived.

Even after the thousandth time of being told I'm the Greatest Man Alive (nod: Muddy Waters), it never gets old.

FROM: Susan McFee
DATE: Monday January 10, 2005 -- 10:26:41 pm
Our 3 toilets have been backing up for 4 months, and require plunging. Each has overflowed 1 time. A plumber came and augered them out and cut holes in the buckets that surround the flapper. Now 2 toilets are clogged, they flush but the water raises all the way to the top and then takes about 10 minutes to drain. The past two times have been when I have gone poop. I am pregnant and have really hard, constipated, big bms. Is it my fault or is it the toilets. We don't have any big trees in our yard so it can't be root problems. We also have not had anything back up out of our main line. Help. I am too scared to go to the bathroom in our last working toilet. Susan

FROM: First time MOM
DATE: Tuesday January 11, 2005 -- 8:13:09 am
I am pregnant with my first and my husband and I have only been married for 8 months, so there was NO wasy I was gonna let him see what I did to the toilet. I already sent him to the store for suppositories, and that's bad enough. We don't have a plunger-yet-and I was starting to panic because he has to go sometime, him peeing in the backyard would only buy me so much time. Well, my father is a plumber and after I read your instructions I remember him pouring buckets of water down the toilet. It took me 45 minutes of doing this at 6 AM, I made a steamy bowl of poop soup, and Praise the Lord! It finally broke loose and Whoosh! Thanks for the reminder!!!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 11, 2005 -- 8:18:15 am
I made a steamy bowl of poop soup

I was debating about what to have for lunch today. Now I know.

DATE: Wednesday January 12, 2005 -- 1:00:57 am
After having my toilet back up simply on pee alone (I had run out of toilet paper and was flushing before dashing to my housemate's bathroom to steal a roll of paper), my toilet would overflow randomly-even when it hadn't been flushed.

Just when I thought I was going to have to call a plumber, I tried your bucket trick and viola! Hot water must scare off the toilet monsters....:)

FROM: summer
DATE: Sunday January 16, 2005 -- 1:43:47 pm
you are a god

FROM: E.A.T. man [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 19, 2005 -- 11:48:22 pm
I have had a non-complying toilet for the last two weeks. Plunging it down each time gets really old. I have tried every drain cleaner that is made. DRAINO__LIQUID PLUMMER_ ACID_ LYE, everything except dynamite. The hot water trick did not even work!! This toilet has been removed "TWICE" without positive results.----------> I finally found the answer- 1)Remove the toilet, 2)take outside, 3) Find the largest sledgehammer you can and beat the sh@#%$t out of it, 4) spend the $80.00 and buy a new one!!!!!!!!! p.s. make sure your main line is not blocked first.. GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD FLUSH!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 20, 2005 -- 7:39:59 am
Don't Liquid Plumr and Draino specifically say, "Don't use in toilets"?

FROM: Marion
DATE: Friday January 21, 2005 -- 5:51:55 pm
Its Friday night and I'm giggling at a plumbing site - must be something wrong there.
Anyway - here's something that worked for me on a 2nd floor toilet. Plunging and chemicals failed, so as an experiment, I half-filled the adjacent bathtub, then drained it. The siphon effect (I think) sucked the clog away and cleared the toilet!!!! In hindsight it might be a good idea to first make sure the house drain isn't clogged (it wasn't).

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday January 23, 2005 -- 2:01:31 am
ok... I NEED HELP the toiliet isn't draining the water at all and before I found this site I HAD TO BAIL THE WATEE OUT!!! I only have a plunger that doesn't work well, no wire hangers(only plastic and they dont work), no drain cleaner, and no money to get tools. The hot water thing didn't work.

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Monday January 24, 2005 -- 3:25:55 pm
Help! One of my children likes to swallow her gum.. and well.. it came out the other end. Now, it's clogged up my toilet and I can't seem to unclog it. I've tried the plunger, the snake, and the bucket of water. However, it's still clogged. There's a little bit of water at the bottom and when I flush, it goes close to over flowing and then goes back down again eventually. What do I do!?

FROM: E.A.T man [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 27, 2005 -- 9:45:25 am
Ryan- You are not to use certain chemicals in the toilet for two reasons, 1)They could kill the enzymes in your septic tank if you have one,2) this way you can't sue the maker when the stuff splashes on you and burns or blinds you! ANYWAY--being a person of limited funds like the rest of the folks on this site I decided to give it a 89th try before I got out the hammer. Took off the toilet, removed the tank, and placed it in the tub upside down.Ran the HOT water through for a few minutes, snaked it as far as it would go, turned it over, HOT water, snake, turned it back over--etc,etc,etc ..........DO NOT LET THE "STUFF" THAT COMES OUT GO DOWN THE TUB DRAIN OR????????.....Poured more buckets of HOT water through toilet with it sitting upright in the tub,seems to finally be working correctly. One more time won't hurt before I put it back in place.Turn,over, warm water,(HOT is gone),place upright again????????????????WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?????????? Reach in and pull out a GIANT damn dog bone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Glad I tried that last time before I reinstalled it or ............... This bone is over 4" long and 2" wide at one end. UN-#@*%-IN" believeable. Toilet reinstalled now-what is that noise- oh yeah, that's what it is supposed to sound like when it is flushed, been so long I had forgotten. We just don't know if it was the huskey or the shepperd (probably not the Westy) they're not talking. I hope you all enjoyed this TRUE story--I sure didn't,though it is funny NOW!!! The bone will be bronzed and placed on top of the toilet as a conversation piece, WHERE DID IT GO????????????? OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. BYE>

FROM: Casey
DATE: Friday January 28, 2005 -- 2:50:46 pm
Ok please help, i am drowning in dung....literally. My fiancee, as most guys, used waaaaaaay too much toilet paper and now everything that was suppose to GO DOWN- CAME UP....gross. yea. well...we have tried draino, that has worked like magic in the past but this time its not happening. there is liquified ( day old poop that is decomposing in water)- i feel like vomiting just thinking about it. and the water is just under the rim of the toilet bowl...i....ended up pouring 2 entire bottles of draino in this stupid thing and still...doesnt take.

helppppppppppppppppppp....pleeeease....the weekend is almoust here =)))

thank you

FROM: sean
DATE: Tuesday February 1, 2005 -- 10:06:31 pm
thank you so much i live in an old apt and have problems with the toilet often. but not anymore thanks. your the man

FROM: Ryan (not the blog dude)
DATE: Wednesday February 2, 2005 -- 2:46:59 pm
Thanks for your advice. Step number one did the trick. The industrial-strength plunger (the valve-like kind that creates a quasi-seal at the bottom of the toilet) helped, too. Who knew you could actually shit a brick? (more like steel-reinforced concrete, to tell the truth)

FROM: John
DATE: Saturday February 5, 2005 -- 1:05:23 am
Ok my toilet cloged due to waste. It is filled with water to the brim. I tried the plunger it did not work. I have drain cleaner will that do the trick?

FROM: jamie
DATE: Saturday February 5, 2005 -- 4:40:09 am
i have a 9 month old puppy who pees and poos every where and stupidly i used kitchn roll to clean it and though it down the toilet now its blocked solid any idears on how to unblock

FROM: bob
DATE: Monday February 7, 2005 -- 12:22:26 am
i just took the biggest shit i've ever seen. honestly the size of a huge cucumber. it was really dry, and big, and i had trouble getting it to go down. sometimes using a hanger and breaking up the poop works. so i did that and then plunged and like magic, it went down! other than the massive dumps, i usually enjoy pooping.

FROM: Zenachick
DATE: Monday February 7, 2005 -- 10:14:03 pm
Thanks for the great advice, the people on my floor clogged the toilet and then ignored it. We had no plunger so I looked and found this site. I sacrificed a pencil to pull back the bulk of the ickyness and then used about 5 buckets of warm water. When it went down I flushed and tada! No more clog! The other girls were very impressed. I am now toasting myself with a Diet Coke because I am proud of myself (and because I know I can now use the toilet)

FROM: Renee
DATE: Tuesday February 8, 2005 -- 6:34:54 pm
Thank you thank you thank you. After losing one of the new fangled toilet cleaning brush things down the toilet and clogging it, and plunging didn't work, and well, I had to go, much to my husband's chagrin, I began pouring hot water down the toilet. Voila!!! He will now clean the toilet and I will take care of the maintenance. Thank you again!

FROM: Kate
DATE: Tuesday February 8, 2005 -- 9:54:29 pm
I have never done a tiolet before and i really need help! I've tried the plunger and it hasnt done anything. Is the "dish soap theroy" really true? will shampoo or soap help it "flow"? I'm totaly lost and i want to scream. Please HELP!

FROM: Kate
DATE: Tuesday February 8, 2005 -- 9:54:36 pm
I have never done a tiolet before and i really need help! I've tried the plunger and it hasnt done anything. Is the "dish soap theroy" really true? will shampoo or soap help it "flow"? I'm totaly lost and i want to scream. Please HELP!

FROM: kate
DATE: Tuesday February 8, 2005 -- 9:57:44 pm
i have to go, please email me if you have info to help me!

FROM: kate
DATE: Wednesday February 9, 2005 -- 9:07:31 am
the shampoo works! YAY

FROM: Norey
DATE: Wednesday February 9, 2005 -- 12:53:25 pm
My lucky wife dropped two round camera len holders into the flush toilet and managed to get one out. The other got stuck so exactly that any attempt to auger, plunger, run hot water (just overflow!) won't work the system. I think I have to dismantle the throne and turn it upside down to force it out, but does anyone have any better idea before I attempt the last resort or shall I call the plumber ? I have never done this but it will be my first attempt! Please help as I am broke and cannot afford to call the plumber!

FROM: Audrey
DATE: Sunday February 13, 2005 -- 2:25:33 am
I am like so pissed.. my little brother clogged the toilet and used a toilet brush to push it down, and now everytime I flush, the toilet overflows! Parents arent back until monday and heaven knows when the next time little Carl needs to potty. PLEASE HELP! i've already tried that warm water thing and I dont have a plunger, and what in the blue moon is a snake.. please help!

FROM: Francesco
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 2:25:45 pm
Thanks for all of the support and tips. I was ready to flush a stick of dynamite and call it a day. After many buckets of water and vigorous plumbing, in my underwear no doubt- not wanting to get my clothes all shat up- and gurgle, turning into a heavenly woosh- down goes the now whitish green coloured water( from bleach and then all natural non-toxic fluit and veggie cleaner, which does wonders for the smell), with chunks of seaweed laver left over from the movements of my ex-wife, and 4 year old daughter. Talk about piping hot loafs! My ex leaves the biggest mass of unmentionable turd I could bear to imagine, and my daughter takes after her. It looks like a bear had come in, shat in her little potty, and sat her back down when I wasnt looking. So needless to say all this turd would necessitate the use of much paper, and wipes. I think it's the wipes that did it really. It's an older house so the piping and water pressure is not so hot. I wish I would have caught myself in video cursing at the toilette bowl as I'm pluging away in my underwear, shoes and sox, so as to not step in shite. My daughter was laughing her arse off.
If nothing else it made for good entertainment for my little one.
Be well, and eat lots of fiber.

FROM: Belle11231
DATE: Thursday February 17, 2005 -- 10:00:10 pm
STEP 3 really works. I had a wicked stubborn clog--2 kids who need 1 roll per trip to the potty! :) I bought this plunger called the master plunger and it helped a little, but the hot water worked immediately. RAM if you're still reading this---THANKS!!

FROM: Francisca
DATE: Saturday February 19, 2005 -- 4:00:21 am
You are my saviour! It saved me from paying a bomb to the plumber. I used STEP 3 and it didn't matter that the water wasn't warm. It works anyhow. Thanks!

FROM: Jessica
DATE: Monday February 21, 2005 -- 8:47:43 am
My father had clogged the toilet very bad and it still will not work i tried step 1 and 3

FROM: jessica
DATE: Monday February 21, 2005 -- 9:13:04 am
its still not working wut do i do??

FROM: Miranda
DATE: Tuesday February 22, 2005 -- 8:51:20 pm
I think a combination of hot water buckets and a closet auger is what helped me. I got the auger at Home Depot for $7 and used about 10 buckets of hot water. Works good now! Thanks for the suggestions.

FROM: Frustrated
DATE: Wednesday February 23, 2005 -- 11:08:02 am
HELP! I accidently got a round decorative soap down the toilet when pouring dirty water in the bowl. Forgot soap was in bucket. I've tried the plunger, snake auger, and sulphuric acid. So far the clog hasn't budged. To make matters worse, my elderly mom crapped in there after we'd informed her it was plugged. She forgot because of senility. What a mess. Had to dip out the bowl into an old 5 gallon bucket.
Any suggestions?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday February 23, 2005 -- 4:23:07 pm
I'm guessing that the decorative soap is ruined; you'll have to replace it. Other than that, I've got nothing.

FROM: Maria
DATE: Wednesday February 23, 2005 -- 10:43:40 pm
My toilet in my student apart. sucks! It has gotten clogged before but I've managed to flush it down. This time that wasn't an option. My roommate wasn't around and I needed to take a crap. Thanks to your website I learned how to use a plunger. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FROM: Emily
DATE: Friday February 25, 2005 -- 1:36:49 am
Hot damn! Thanks so much. I never would have thought to add more water to a clogged toilet. I can't thank you enough. I'm gonna go pee now!

DATE: Sunday February 27, 2005 -- 6:57:32 pm
This has got to be the longest running thread I've read on the internet. :-)
Thanks so much, the HOT water did the trick in combination with the auger and plunger.
I now know that by plunging quickly up it will cause less splashing than the quick stroke down.

FROM: Craig
DATE: Sunday February 27, 2005 -- 10:47:09 pm
NEED ADVISE ASAP....Here is the deal, while doing dishes I find two sausages left in a bowl (whole ones) so I droped them in the toilet as I flushed and seemed to get sucked in ok one after the other...well later that day I flushed a bowl of oodles my son did not finish and my toilet does not flush or drain well and plunged it forever... I do not know if it was cloged before or after the oodles. What do I do? These sausages where made in my Set It & Forget It and were not all soft like the boiled ones & i can't get them un-stuck??

FROM: Craig
DATE: Sunday February 27, 2005 -- 10:51:47 pm
If they look like terds why don't they go down like terds? I have droped bigger logs than these 2 sausages in my toilet. These were not the breakfast ones, they were the jumbo sized ones that have 6 in a package.

FROM: mei
DATE: Saturday March 5, 2005 -- 10:42:45 am
yeah okay, what happens if the clogged toilet doesnt have the water down at the base were you can see through it. i cant add water to it or it will over-flow

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 5, 2005 -- 5:46:29 pm
Then, you need the auger.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Saturday March 5, 2005 -- 6:15:44 pm

This may be an obvious point, but toilets are not designed to convey undigested foods. I just recently had to plunge my mother-in-law's toilet because she attempted to flush a small quantity of shredded cheese. The thing backed up immediately.

I suppose soup, sauces or something of high liquid content like those might be okay, since barf usually goes down no problem. But even this shredded cheese sort of fell into a lump at the bottom of the toilet and blocked it.

I suppose if you preflushed and got the toilet swirling the cheese might've gone down. Cutting the sausages might've worked, too--just like cutting the big logs up with a coat hanger.

God, this ping topic is the perfect antidote to the Bob Jones University thread.

FROM: Craig
DATE: Saturday March 5, 2005 -- 10:59:07 pm
After 4 days I finally freed the sausages & you have to hear this one... I trid every trick here & was even droping 5 gallon buckets of water from a stool down the bowl and my socks were soaked, didn't even work with hot water so I got a bright idea & I blew these F@#k@#'s out by sticking a 6 1/2 hp shop vac and filled it with water then stuck the hose in the rubber plunger for a seal and stuck it to the hole in the toilet and put it on revere Never herd a rumble like the one this made. If I had to do it agian I would use a smaller shop vac cause I almost blew the sausages out of the downstairs toilet cause water came up that one and was all over the walls.

FROM: Craig
DATE: Saturday March 5, 2005 -- 11:05:06 pm
Don't bother with an auger. If a good shop-vac can't do it nothing can. I was almost atempted to try my leaf blower but I got rid of my electric for a gas one. They have fine cone at end that would stick in the hole but I would recommend wearing goggles of some kind for that one as it may send s@#t flying all over the place.

FROM: Wondering
DATE: Sunday March 6, 2005 -- 11:25:33 pm
Wondering if anyone has good suggestions for what toilet to buy? Looking at an American Standard Champion or a Kohler Cimarron? They already put in one and did a horrible job so I asked for my old one back adn they told me it wasn't possible to reinstall it because the parts are now new due to federal mandate and it would be impossible to reinstall the same ones? help anyone?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 7, 2005 -- 9:23:21 am
I almost blew the sausages out of the downstairs toilet cause water came up that one and was all over the walls.

Best sentence ever.

FROM: Andrea in Texas
DATE: Wednesday March 9, 2005 -- 12:52:59 am
Arggggggggggg.... My son flushed one of those plastic toilet fresheners...the new ones that hang on the bowl.... we have plunged and snaked... NOTHING !
Please give me some ideas....Thanks

FROM: Salman
DATE: Wednesday March 9, 2005 -- 2:11:14 am
The hot water trick worked perfectly for me. Took about 3 - 4 buckets and now clog is gone. I dont have a plunger and its too late to go and buy one, so this really helped. Thank you!

FROM: Andrea in Texas
DATE: Wednesday March 9, 2005 -- 6:56:19 pm
Okay folks... $65.00 paid to a took him 3 minutes... and now the porcelain commode is ruined and looks awful from all of the snaking that my husband did last night. $65.00 for 3 minutes ! Wow...

FROM: Earl
DATE: Thursday March 10, 2005 -- 12:37:25 am
The over flow pipe in the tank is too short. It won't allow the tank to fill to the water level. I plug the pipe and hold down the float to fill it up. How can I lenghten the over flow pipe so it will fill up?

FROM: shithappens
DATE: Tuesday March 15, 2005 -- 1:51:53 am
I'm not going to even say what my toilet problems are, I'm just going to try everything I have seen here.

Mostly what I wanted to do here was commend Ryan for all his smartass remarks... you are too funny. I have never laughed so hard while reading a repair it yourself site. LOL Aloha

FROM: me
DATE: Wednesday March 16, 2005 -- 1:16:31 pm
I've got a Kohler two piece toilet that has the slow draining disease. No plunger fits tightly on the odd-shaped drain. I tried the "biological" cleaner, didn't help. However, it did work once before. I was about to buy an auger, but I'll give the bucket of water a try first. I'm going to avoid bleach, Draino, etc. for fear that they may damage the seal unfer the toilet.

FROM: Electro
DATE: Wednesday March 16, 2005 -- 6:47:29 pm
I too have a stubborn toilet, it had one mean clog on her. I tried a coat hanger and a plunger to no relief.

Then I came across this site recommending the bucket of warm water. No being male, I decided to use the hottest possible water. It took me about seven times, but you know what, she's a flushing meaner and cleaner now. Thanks dude! Whenever I relieve myself, I'll be thinking of your name. Hasta lasagna don't get any on ya!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 16, 2005 -- 9:49:08 pm
Whenever I relieve myself, I'll be thinking of your name.

One could ask for no higher praise.

FROM: me
DATE: Thursday March 17, 2005 -- 4:06:09 pm
I went to Home Depot anyway to buy an auger but the plumbing department was closed for renovations. Must have been a sign. *VOILA* the bucket worked!

DATE: Thursday March 17, 2005 -- 10:14:31 pm
My toilet will flush, but it is coming up in the bathtub. I tried the chemicals, tried the water, tried the vinegar, tried the baking soda. What next?

FROM: sleepy
DATE: Saturday March 19, 2005 -- 8:28:28 am
i generally do no post on blogs, but i am just so grateful to have found this site last night! my toilet had a slight problem i was not aware of...the tank slowly drips water into the bowl so after unsuccessfully plungingf for an hour, and after a dinner out with friends, i came back to a dripping toilet bowl. thank god the water was (semi)clean and there wasn't too much on the ground. throughout the night i had to get up every 2 hours or so to bail out the bowl so as not to get angry knockings from my downstairs neighbors...finally, at 8:15 am, the plunging started to work and then voila...the hotwater trick. and now i can sleep in before disinfecting the entire bathroom. :) thank you...

FROM: John T. [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 23, 2005 -- 8:52:23 pm
Apparently you are not supposed to run celery and carrots down your garbage disposal. We had a party where most people drank bloody marys. After they were done, everyone simply poored their ice and celery in the sink. Well, it all went down the disposal, but kind of back-tracked after going down into the basement and clogged one of the branches of the main drain.

That was two weeks ago. I have use about a gallon of drain-o and run probably 75 gallons (takes about 2 hours to drain a gallon) through the drains (and yes I mean multiple drains, as part of the main line is plugged). Still no luck. I'm a little worried about trying the auger myself after having used the drain-o, even after the water.

Should probably break down and call the plumber...

FROM: John T. [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 23, 2005 -- 8:57:10 pm
Ohh, forgot to mention. I tried plunging many times but it doesn't work. Plus I have to watch it, because we have a 4" drain in the heater closet that will overflow if you plunge (at least with this clog) too much.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 10:36:12 am
Sorry, we only specialize in toilets here.

FROM: Susan
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 7:10:40 pm
NEed help!! NEphew visiting overflowed toliet with toliet paper and what.. plunger did not work, chemicals did not work. toliet is full now what HELP!!!

FROM: Mr. Big Stool
DATE: Friday March 25, 2005 -- 11:03:28 pm
WOW! Jammed it up with a big one last night, plunged for an hour with no luck, in the morning I plunged some more, again no luck:( Poured a gallon of bleach on it and went to work expecting free flow upon my arrival home. By now I had a BIG BIG one ready to head down the old turnpike. I plunged, plunged, and plunged with no good swirl going. By now I'm sweating, hyperventilating, and getting near panic. I log on and find this site, now I've got 3 pots filling with hot water,I 'm plunging and pouring, my hands are burning from the hot pans, I'm moving fast, fill, plunge, pour, fill, plunge, pour etc..........Finally I can wait no more......flush, I scream "DAMN IT'S STILL CLOGGED!" I put 3 garbage bags in a big old bucket and squat... what a relief until the smell hits, now I'm ready to puke, I wrap up the turd and bring it out to the trash (it's a good thing I went in the bucket because that one never would have gone down) Now I have to keep working on the toilet, I pour another pan of hot water, hear a funny gurgle, flush and wouldn't you know a perfect little swirl and drain. I think if I feel another big one coming I may just poop in the bucket again.

P.S. For all that are still clogged with Easter guests coming just get a bucket and some plastic bag liners. Unless your guests are skinny minnies that do string bean poops, they'll understand.

FROM: John T. [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 26, 2005 -- 7:00:24 pm
Update on supposed celery and carrots blockage: I was completely wrong on what caused it, it was a toilet clog. I thought that the disposal on the ground level of our place caused the problem from running a bunch of celery/carrots through it (which you are not supposed to do), but the plumber pointed out that everything at ground level or above flows directly out to the sewer.

The clog was in my lower level (a finished basement), where everything first flows to a sump pump then out to the sewer. Apparently one of my guests from my party flushed a number of toilet paper bombs down the toilet. Since the clog was affecting my tub, toilet, sink and a 4 drain in my heater closet, the clog was in a branch of the main drain line.

The plumber tried rodding through the toilet just to see if he could reach it but no luck. He ended up having to pull up my sump pump and using the power auger for almost 45 minutes before the entire thing got cleared (about 1.5 to 2 hours total).

I was shocked by the price but called a few other plumbers after and it seems right on par for having to pull up the sump pump, auger and then reinstall the pump. Instead of the normal $65 to $110 for having a plumber auger, it ran me $360. Of the other plumbers I called to check prices after, two were more expensive and one was just under.

FYI: The plumber did say that the hot water thing will generally work when plunging doesn't.

FROM: Christopher K.
DATE: Friday April 1, 2005 -- 12:57:07 pm
There's a plunger and there is a plunger...

I have searched for you for all my days! Recently being the owner of a house, most of my funds are going towards expanding and renovating the place. And I got cheap. I did not want to run out and pick up a plunger that I knew I would only use for this one time. However, after last night's house warming party few of my guests decided to purge before they set out. Little did I know that one or more of them purged more than from one source of one's body! Let's just say that whatever I fed them, they did not keep it at all when they left. I later found out that that person(s) did not chew well either.

Visiting my local hardware store I picked up a 99 cents plunger. It was a simple plunger with a plastic handle. I have been trying the hot/warm water method for hours and even with plunger's aid, I had to resort to my 2nd bathroom for my comfort. Just this afternoon I purchased another plunger. This plunger had "lip" sticking out. So picture this if you could: the first plunger was a rubber cup with a handle, the second plunger had softer "lip" sticking out from the bottom. 4 pushes and one giant splash later, I can claim my throne once more. I suppose that lip portion sealed the gap better than the first one I had purchased.

I just thought that your readers should know...

Thanks a bunch!

FROM: Christopher K.
DATE: Friday April 1, 2005 -- 1:10:40 pm
My last note sounded like I was a terrible cook. I am a good cook. I blame on cases of French wine, croque monsieur and chricken cordon bleu! Those darn French...they've screwed me, again!

FROM: Adriana
DATE: Tuesday April 5, 2005 -- 4:48:16 pm
I live with my elderly grandmother and there is only 1 toilet (Very BAD). It's a low flow toilet to boot (the most evil creation on the planet!). Anyway, to make a long nasty story short, I have poured gallons of hot water down the crapper, looking at floating poop that isn't mine. :(
I really wanted to puke. The crap got on my feet and I am completely traumatized. I have never heard of either an Auger or a Snake. How is this not common knowledge!?!?! Anyway, for those in trouble and frustrated, I think the trick is to pour large amounts of continuous hot water. At first, I was using a little bucket and NOTHING was happening and I wanted to rip my hair out. I started to use a bigger bucket AND I filled a basin and poured both in really quickly - one right after the other several times. I THINK and I pray it's unclogged now. It seems to be, so I think A LOT A LOT A LOT (ungodly amounts, really. Feel like you could quench the thirst of a small poor community and you've got it right) of constant hot water is the trick.
And thanks for this website. It is so funny and I didn't feel so alone in my miserable poop woes. It's so funny how you don't appreciate a toilet when it works!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday April 5, 2005 -- 10:42:10 pm
It's so funny how you don't appreciate a toilet when it works!

I pray to mine frequently.

FROM: cory
DATE: Thursday April 7, 2005 -- 1:31:52 pm
i have a bath soap that got flushed and iv tryed the snack and the plunger and it wont budge the water drains vary slow does any 1 know how to get it out

FROM: Cindy
DATE: Monday April 11, 2005 -- 3:49:24 pm
Do you have any advice after spending $100.00 for a plumber to tell me there is a toy stuck at the bottom of the toilet & he couldn't remove it after taking the toilet of the o ring???? It their any special tool I could use???

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 11, 2005 -- 4:00:50 pm
i have a bath soap that got flushed and iv tryed the snack and the plunger and it wont budge the water drains vary slow does any 1 know how to get it out

Use the dictionary you're clearly not using in your everyday life to dislodge the clog.

DATE: Friday April 22, 2005 -- 12:01:05 am
My 3 year old son flushed his small toothbrush down the toilet. I've tried the plunger, snake and hot water, but no luck. Help!!!!!!

FROM: Michelle
DATE: Saturday April 23, 2005 -- 12:30:56 pm
*laughing* This website is absolutely hilarious... with permission I'm going to blog it to all of my friends! An important note to parents: equip university-bound students with a plunger and an auger!! My boyfriend dumped some old stew down the toilet last night, and called me from work "mid-duty" this morning to let me know that the toilet wasn't flushing properly. I've tried everything, I'm off to buy an auger now, and I have to be at work in an hour! Mind you, I would probably be gone and back by now, except that I got carried away laughing at everyone's responses. Toilets: the things that unite us all!!! ps, my favourite was definitely the suggestion to send the rabbit after the carrot. cute! Now wish me (and all future cloggers) luck!

FROM: John
DATE: Wednesday April 27, 2005 -- 11:15:15 am
After reading through all these posts you would think that I could have came up with my own conclusion. Sorry I have not. The house i live in is only two years old. All of the plumbing has worked great until my brother in law came by for the weekend. Low and behold he clogged the toilet. Ever since then we get a clog at least once a week. This has been going on for at least a year. When i get a clog all it takes is a few plunges and done. It's just so annoying that we have to go through this all the time. I am going to take the toilet from the floor and search it for foreign objects, other then that i am at a loss. Do you have any ideas for persistantly clogging toilet?

FROM: Just Unclogged
DATE: Saturday April 30, 2005 -- 3:20:20 pm
I don't know if people have brought this up here, but the TYPE of plunger is a HUGE deal. If it is the normal kind with what looks like a bowl on the bottom, it has really low pressure and bad suctioning and does not help you... get a power plunger!!! It has a rubber lip that you pull out that fits tightly over the hole in your toilet. Under 6 dollars at the hardware store, about 3 plunges cleared my toilet as opposed to dozens in 2 hours the night before with the shitty plunger. Really, try this before you go draino or poking something else down your toilet- esp if you are in an apt and don't want to call the landlord- embarrasing!

FROM: Clogged
DATE: Sunday May 1, 2005 -- 2:14:18 am
My toilet is clogged. I tried to use an auger and I tried using a bucket full of warm water to try to break the clog. Neither seems to be working too well. What should I do?

FROM: Jeff
DATE: Monday May 2, 2005 -- 2:07:25 pm
Hey this is the best read on the internet!

My toilet still does not flush for shit, but at least I am laughing

FROM: yeah
DATE: Wednesday May 4, 2005 -- 7:19:03 pm
you rule. warm water rules.

FROM: liza
DATE: Friday May 6, 2005 -- 5:30:47 pm
great site about to try the hot water, i heard your meant to fish out all the poohy water and stick a loo brush up and down the pipe?

DATE: Tuesday May 10, 2005 -- 11:15:05 am
There is more truth on this site than any other in the world. In short I have a major paper waster in my family and I plung pour and snake at least 3 times a month. I am serious ly looking at a high pressure tank to solve this delema. Thanks for the smile and gut busting laughs.

FROM: Kelly
DATE: Thursday May 12, 2005 -- 7:40:58 pm
That water trick is the best. I didn't really want to use a plunger (just the thought made me gag). I tried the water trick 3 times and things are going great again. Thank you so much.

FROM: Jennifer Trejo
DATE: Thursday May 12, 2005 -- 10:38:31 pm
thanks for the water trick!

FROM: William
DATE: Friday May 13, 2005 -- 7:42:26 pm
Great Tip! I used the bucket of warm water and I added a whole cup of pine sol to the bucket. When it washed away the poo I was able to clean up the bowl afterward. Everything is pine fresh. give that one a try to freshen up the bucket method!

FROM: maidarose
DATE: Thursday May 19, 2005 -- 12:30:18 am
I never thought I would be corresponding with the GURU of Toilet Woes, but, now "FLUSHED" with success, I must tell you how entertaining this site has been for the last 6 hours of my angst!! After 7 buckets of hot water and a LOT of praying to the $400 (almost new!!) Porcelain Princess, the simple act of using an uncoiled wire coat hanger for a couple of jabs....I live to defecate another day! Even the cat has decided to return now!! Hoorah! All is right with the World when one has a functioning toilet!! Thank you for the needed diversion!!!!!!

FROM: Sara
DATE: Friday May 20, 2005 -- 2:56:29 am
Just checking back in. I posted back in November. Pooping at work has its challenges, among them trying to escape detection as the culprit in the "case of the mystery clogger". Only online-I'll admit I've hit and run. BTW, the gramma complaining about children clogging toilets isn't mine....

FROM: doodie`
DATE: Friday May 20, 2005 -- 11:00:46 am
Hey, thanks for the hot water tip. I went one step further, and poired 2 kettles full of boiling water into the toilet with about 1-1/2 cups of vinegar. Worked like a charm!! Thanks.

FROM: doodie
DATE: Friday May 27, 2005 -- 11:32:52 am

FROM: sewer bass
DATE: Thursday June 2, 2005 -- 12:43:27 am
wait!!!!! it's a cookbook!!!!!

FROM: Hillery
DATE: Thursday June 2, 2005 -- 5:59:42 pm
Clumping kitty litter is BAD, very Bad!
3 weeks ago, I had my toilet back up BIG time. Caused an estimated $15K damage. The city came out and did something with a big hose and a truck to my out take valve right by my front door. I thought they caused the problem and filed with them and told my Home owners Ins it was the city too. Today, I finally heard back from city and they are telling me that it is not there fault but it is my "lateral line" that was clogged up. Now I have to call a plumber anyway and get him to say that it was a clog on our side. Not sure how that is going to work seeing the city fixed the problem when they came out.
I did pour clmping kitty litter, that says it is safe to flush, down the toilet daily. I was told by insurance man to tell the adjustor that it was my fault cause I was using that litter and flushing. Sounds good to me and actually makes sense. How would something that clumps when wet be safe to flush??? Do not flush litter! I have learned my lesson!
Would you have the plumber snake the line to be sure anything left in there is out now? Hopefully he will find the litter or is that possible now?

FROM: Nick
DATE: Friday June 3, 2005 -- 1:59:18 pm
Fantastic!! The bucket tip worked, and we have a cleared toilet. Thanks so much -- this is the most useful web page ever!

DATE: Friday June 3, 2005 -- 11:16:36 pm
I have just spent 45 minutes reading this entire thread and have the following observations:

1) I am very thankful I live in a house with 4 toilets, none of which have ever experienced (in the 5 years I've lived here) anything even remotely as disturbing as some of the things I've read here.

2) I am very glad that 2 of those toilets (including the one in the master bath) are not the wussy water-conserving kind. I am CONVINCED it makes a difference.

3) When my brother and his wife have their twin babies in a few weeks, I will make sure that, when they're old enough and using the bathroom here, that no toys go in there with them.

4) I can't believe anyone would attempt to flush FOOD down a toilet. Cat litter I can see (not that I'd do it), but FOOD?? And don't try the "it went in me, it would have come out of me" argument. It's entirely different when it leaves you (thank you gastrointestinal tract) than when you consume it. With the notable exception of corn.

5) For those of you that are experiencing problems in new construction, maybe it's because the builder really hated you and purposely threw things down the can when they were still working on the house. Sure, they're probably not supposed to use them, much less throw things down them. But they do. Because they can.

6) I will never ever buy any type of disposable or flushable toilet cleaning device. Ever.

7) For God's sake, buy a decent plunger. It's worth its weight in gold. And learn how to use it correctly. Somewhere there MUST be a statistic on how many people don't use plungers effectively.

8) Apartment renters have my sympathy and jealousy. You have someone to call to bail you out (not that they'll get there fast, but still--the sympathy). And you can always up and leave when you're lease is over--something not that easy with a house and a mortgage--the jealousy.

9) If the time comes that an auger doesn't do the trick, I will be trying this hot water thing.

I will note that non-water conservation toilets are readily available for purchase in Canada, where they're legal. However, the laws for bringing them into the United States are either poorly written or poorly enforced or both. In one place, I read that your everyday citizen (i.e. those not representing a contractor, trying to bring in 50 toilets in a U-Haul) should not have trouble getting a 3-gallon toilet through U.S. Customs. But I have also read that U.S. Customs have CONFISCATED 3-gallon toilets from people trying to sneak them into this country by not declaring them. Maybe it depends on the Customs agent and the mood they're in. Can you imagine 3-gallon toilets in a duty-free shop?

This all said, I'm glad I took a big dump at work today. If I don't dream about toilet clogs tonight, it will be some sort of minor miracle.


FROM: robin.g
DATE: Sunday June 5, 2005 -- 4:14:58 am
Has anyone heard of squeezing a couple squirts of dish soap into the bowl before plunging? Sure you get a lot of suds but it seems to really work!

FROM: spongebarb
DATE: Tuesday June 7, 2005 -- 5:51:29 pm
Actually did have a poorly draining toilet which works much better after the hot water thing. BUT, the laughs I got out all the email were worth MUCH more!! Sorta brings everybody to the same level dontcha think?

FROM: tolietdelema
DATE: Thursday June 9, 2005 -- 3:57:50 pm
im gunna try this.. im home alone house sitting for my parents.. please work!!!

FROM: Bunnie
DATE: Friday June 10, 2005 -- 10:11:07 pm
I couldn't figure out why our new toilet (I call it the Pretty Potty) suddenly wasn't flushing properly. Then, I remembered we previously had overnight guests-my parents. They HAD to be the culprits! I was grateful to find this site because flushing and plunging weren't working. The hot water took care of the problem. What a great sound it is when a flush completes! I'm so happy the Pretty Potty flows! Thanks!

FROM: L. Rolappe
DATE: Sunday June 12, 2005 -- 3:43:57 am
This won't work for toys, carrots, small animals, etc., but if your clog is from normal things like toilet paper and poop, try flushing down some highly active yeast. Find it for cheap in the baking section of the grocery store. It'll eat right through the clog. I recommend using yeast once a month to keep things clear, and it's safe for septic systems.

FROM: Mark
DATE: Wednesday June 15, 2005 -- 11:42:53 pm
Help! Son flushed a part of his apple down the toilet! I tried the hot water trick no success, plunged again no success. Do you think anything will make it "dissolve" I know for vegies you can use salt...but in this case it didn't work. I refrained from bleach...simply because I don't have any, same with the auger. Helpus!

FROM: RobertM
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 9:39:48 pm
Okay, I don't have a garberrater / food disposal thing in my sink so decided to throw some old food (cut up yams and sweet potatoes (in fries shape)) down my toilet. Well it's now blocked. :-( It's been fun reading all the stories on this site. Thought the hot water in the bucket would help but I've done that about 20 times and still nothing. Well I've made progress, the toilet now flushes but drains very very slowly, unlike before where it'd overflow and stay full. The plunger I don't think works, even trying the method here. Those yams and sweet potatos must be lodged somehow! HELP!!!! Anyone? :-(

FROM: danindenver
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 9:55:50 pm
The purpose of the water in the bowl is to cover the plunger and make a more effective seal. Then, use the plunger to pull and, thus, dislodge the solid matter. Then try flushing again. Usually works for me, but I've never tried flushing yams.

FROM: RobertM
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 1:03:13 am
Yeah, I understand the principle of the plunger method explained. I've tried it over and over, pushing the matter and pulling it, neither seems to dislodge it.

I went to the local hardware store and bought a 6ft toilet auger. I've tried that several times and have now broken the auger, almost having it too stuck in the toilet! :-( Luckily the tip was sticking out where it broke and I was able to yank it out. When I pulled the auger out I did not see any matter on the end of it, which I was hoping to see.

Also I've managed to cut my middle finger in this whole process. So now it's a mess. There's blood everywhere, me working with crappy water on my open cut, it's just nasty! The towels I moped up the dirty water with yesterday is now starting to smell real bad too!

HELP!!! I seriously screwed this toilet up! :-( :-( :-(

FROM: RobertM
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 1:57:00 am
Okay, I attached the broken end of the auger to my cordless drill and tried again. This time when I pulled it out I had a piece of sweet potato in the end. Good sign! So I tried it another time, but broke the auger again!

Toilet still flushes slowly, i.e. fills up to the top with water then slowly goes down to proper level.

What drain cleaners could I use down the toilet? I think I should head to the store now to see what they have. What would break up sweet potatos and yams? What if I poured oil down the toilet to provide some lubrication, but I know oil floats, so maybe put it in a pipe and blow it in over the hoop at the back.

Suggestions? I'm out of ideas!

FROM: RobertM
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 4:05:27 am
It's late! It's cleared! Finally! Liquid Plumbr Pro did the job! After that I poured buckets of hot water down as per the instructions on the bottle of drain cleaner. (The guy at the hardware store said I should be careful about hot water as I could crack the porcelain with cold water coming in from the tank.)

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 9:40:38 am
What would break up sweet potatos and yams?

What, praytell, were potatoes and yams doing in your toilet?

FROM: RobertM
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 12:12:59 pm
I was too lazy to throw them out in the garbage because they'd start to stink and I wasn't planning on taking the garbage out. So I thought I'd flush them. If I have old food in the fridge, usually cooked, like old pasta or stirfry vegetables for example, I usually flush it, no problem. It was a lot of cut up yams and sweet potatos, about 2 very large potato sizes worth and I tried to do it in 1 flush. My girlfriend can't stop laughing at my stupidity. Her brother's a plumber, so she can't wait to tell him this story. :-(

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 12:43:04 pm
Holy hell, man, you're lucky you didn't have to buy a new toilet.

Try composting or something next time!

DATE: Wednesday June 22, 2005 -- 9:37:46 am
Thank You, Your advice is greatly appreciated. My toilet was clogged to the max and I got it done without the family making a bid deal out of it. Thanks!

FROM: Michael Shum and Rayan Rafay
DATE: Wednesday June 29, 2005 -- 9:29:45 am
May god bless all of you, each and everyone of you!!! We are Canadians in Beijing... I am brown, I shit perhaps differently than your average yellow bear. My toilet seemed to be having difficulty keeping up, like a amputee in a three-legged, race, HE DOESN'T HAVE LEGS MARY-JANE, HE DOESN'T HAVE LEGS!!! I put up with this clogged toilet, which had shit at the surface for over a week, but my friend discovered your Godly site, and we followed the advice and Voila, THE TOILET HAS BEEN SAVED FROM THE DEVILS THAT BE BENEATH THE PIPE!!! May no human ever have to deal with the Gnomish creatures that reside beneath our toilets, EACH AND EVERYONE OF OUR TOILETS!!! IF I have to kill an African to get a non water saving toilet, or if because of my purchasing a water-saving toilet two African children do not have access to safe water, I DONT GIVE A DAMN, they are better dead, then to live in a world where toilet clogs are commonplace, NO WORLD SHOULD BE LIKE THAT, not EVEN PLUTO!!!

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday June 29, 2005 -- 2:22:40 pm
I am brown, I shit perhaps differently than your average yellow bear

What the ?????????????????????

IF I have to kill an African to get a non water saving toilet, or if because of my purchasing a water-saving toilet two African children do not have access to safe water, I DONT GIVE A DAMN, they are better dead, then to live in a world where toilet clogs are commonplace

Yikes. Shit into a bucket and let the children have clean water, man.

FROM: anonymous
DATE: Wednesday July 6, 2005 -- 12:57:13 am
I dont know what to do! help! i took a big shit about 6 hours ago and it was huge and long i thought that it wouldnt go past the lil hole in the toilet but it did. it got stuck somewhere in the drains. i flushed the toilet a couple of times but all that happends is that the water comes to the very top and than the water goes down very slowly. i have plunged and plunged i dont know what to do. also is there any way to make ur poop smaller and not so huge? i heard eating fiber helps. is that true?

DATE: Thursday July 7, 2005 -- 9:34:32 am

FROM: snaily
DATE: Thursday July 7, 2005 -- 1:50:42 pm
My family and i went to macon georgia for vacation this summer. we were desperate for ice cream so we went to dairy queen and brought back a shake to the hotel room. unfortunately there was no garbage can in the room, so we had no where to throw out the left over ice cream that we couldnt finish. but of course my dad had a GENIUS idea! why not flush it down the toilet? so my mom poured all of her reeses and penuts ice cream down the toilet and flushed. about a minutes later we heard a strange gurgling sound issuing from the bathroom. sitting in the toilet was a pile of pre-flushed ice cream and nuts. yuck. we couldnt unclog it until my dad did the bucket of warm water trick. Thanks for the tip!

DATE: Thursday July 7, 2005 -- 11:57:02 pm
Ok, Here goes! My toilet on the main floor isn't flushing everything down.It barely flushes at all, It will flush but the water doesn't go down like it should except MAYBE every10th time or so. I have snaked it, Plunged it MANY MANY times & just tried the Hot Water about 8 Gallons or so & plunged in between. I can hear the water level go down but only to the normal level it stays at. I am LOST!!!! We have tried adjusting the water level in the tank, Checking the float valve. I don't know where to go from here. Please Help.

FROM: steph
DATE: Friday July 8, 2005 -- 12:34:52 am
my niece flushed the wire from "pleasently scented: bowl fresh toilet deoderizer" down the toilet. We've tried plunging and that hasn't worked. It almost goes down but it still doesn't flush all the way. Any suggestions?

FROM: Jessica
DATE: Tuesday July 12, 2005 -- 8:55:30 pm
I read the comment about a deoderant stick being flushed down the toliet....i thought that i was reading my own article before i even wrote it!!!! Anyway, I went to the BR to get a string of floss, which happened to be stored in the cabinent above the toilet!! I noticed that my bf didn't flush the I decided to flush it for him.....typical woman's job right? As the water was swirling around I reached for that floss.....and hit the deoderant (that i had just bought by the way!). Before long it was gone, literaly, down the drain. Now the crapper won't flush properly, and it's not the right time of the month for it to not work!!!! Someone help me please!!!!!! Better hurry too, i gotta go peee!!!!!!!

DATE: Thursday July 14, 2005 -- 1:04:11 pm
My toilet flushes fine...every other time. This seems to be problem for two toilets in our house. They have become every other flush toilets. Makes is hard to conserve water. Any thoughts anyone..... I will be glad to read every other comment :)

FROM: Margo
DATE: Saturday July 16, 2005 -- 8:09:45 pm
Thought I'd contribute some alternate information for those of you who - like me - clog up their toilet (or BOTH toilets in both bathrooms, in my case) and can't solve the problem(s) in time before nature calls, urgently. For men, it's easy. For women, it's a fate worse than hell. We need to actually sit down!

So, I have devised several creative ways in which to take care of "urgent" business - while trying to unplug a toilet (or two).

Urgency helped create my first method, when I grabbed my Rubbermaid office waste paper basket that was half full of discarded papers. It was approximately 2.5 - 3' high, and had a rolled edge around the top. With shaking hands, I quickly put THREE plastic trash can liners in it on top of the papers .... slid it lenghways between my legs (the other way was like riding an ox) and managed to rest myself on the top of the it just perfectly! It worked like a charm! Afterwards, I closed the top of the liners over the contents, and sealed the first one, and disposed of it outside immediately. I even returned it to my office with the papers inside not even disturbed!

I availed myself of the same option several times that day as my efforts to unplug my toilets failed.

Other times I have used the same method, but with different sized containers. Sheesh, one time it took three days to fix the toilet and I used that method the whole time!

I had purchased a RV portable toilet, not with the chemicals, etc., but jiust a round plastic container with a bucket inside, and a top piece shaped like a toilet seat, all with a cover. With chemicals inside of the plastic liners, you can even let that one sit a few hours before emptying it.

There's also the hiding in the back hard between the foilage so the neighbors won't see you. I don't recommend this for those with arthritic knees, however. One has a tendenecy to fall into the results and not be able to get up again. It also requires hosing off. Have YOU ever tried to hose off the BACK of yourself?

Anyway ... to help you get through those long or multiple days of the above described toilet unplugging - when nature calls, grab anything nearby and use plastic trash can liners. You might even decide to make a permanent switch! No clogs - EVER.

With all serious intent and a bit of justing ......


FROM: Margo (again)
DATE: Saturday July 16, 2005 -- 8:13:50 pm
Ooops, that should have been .... " .... and a bit of JESTING .... "

Sorry. Must run now to use my lined hat box.

FROM: Anne
DATE: Friday July 22, 2005 -- 12:20:45 am
I just have to write to say that I have major problems with my toilet. I live in an older apartment and the flush doesn't have very much force. I'm sick of always calling the maintenance man so I thought I'd search online. Well, i read about the warm water trick and thought that it was just a bunch of crap (sorry, i just had to use that word). But I thought, what the heck? I put a pot on the stove and warmed it up until the bottom had bubbles and poured it in the toilet....worked great. I recommend that. Oh, and my grandma says to pour bleach in about once a week to get anything up in there loose before it gets completely clogged!

Good luck!

FROM: Jennifer
DATE: Saturday July 23, 2005 -- 5:04:09 pm
Wanted to say thanks for the guy who wrote about taking off teh toilet. Mine had been clogged for ages and flushing ssslllooowww. We took the toilet off, augered it from behind and I heard a PLINK! Looked into the bowel and saw a plastic round toilet deodorizer! Whew- Glad I never called a plumber....

DATE: Saturday July 30, 2005 -- 6:07:27 pm
Thanks for the help. I had nowhere to turn when the horror struck me. Overflowing DuDu. It's like a nightmare. Actually I have recurring nightmares about it. Just look at these comments, it's like a support group. Why arent the pipes bigger? Why cant the hole in the toilet be, say, 5 inches in diameter and the pipes downstream from the toilet 6 or 7 inches in diameter. End of problem. Right? Or will generations to come have to deal with overflowing toilets seeping into their host's carpets.

FROM: Faust
DATE: Saturday July 30, 2005 -- 7:42:44 pm
Thinking of using the woods and giving up on the modern toilet machine. But then, I reconsidered. I wrote this poem to express myself more clearly:

Right! There is one way to avoid the water, the problems, the pipes and the overflowing bowl.

Pack up your things and live off the land.

Keep to the narrow round, confine your mind and live on food of the simplest kind.

A beast among beasts, and don't forget, to use your own shit on the crops you set!

FROM: bob
DATE: Tuesday August 2, 2005 -- 5:28:34 pm
you suck. none of your tricks work. loser. better find other crappy birdbrained theories to sell.

FROM: Donna
DATE: Tuesday August 2, 2005 -- 9:28:43 pm
Life is good until the toilet gets clogged.....I was so frustrated with my toilet it wouldnt flush all the way and would fill the bowl up with water and then ever so slowly go down. I plunged and plunged and was completely frustrated I searched the internet and found this site. I laughe my ass off it is so funny but I could competely relate to everyones sorrow. I went back and after putting 4 five gallon buckets of hot water and a lot more plunging it wasnt flushing right but it was moving. Frustrated I went to bed and found out today that my child "accidently" dumped a bowl of potpourri in the bowl and flushed. No wonder it wasnt moving wood chips in the shitter I could have cried and to top it off the Dell repair guy was coming and I had shit that wouldnt go away and he actually asked to use the bathroom and had to explain sorry out of service today. I bought a manual auger (WalMart $10 for 25 ft.) and a "better" plunger. I used the auger several times and even made my son do it since he flushed the chips but nothing worked. So I came back her and read some more and laughed a lot more and went back. I plunged and tried the hot water again and WOOOOOOOSH I was so happy I screamed and put more water done just to be on the safe side and it even flushes right again. On the up side my child said that he would never take the toilet for granted again since I made him help with this.

DATE: Wednesday August 3, 2005 -- 2:25:26 pm
Thank u so much for all ur help!!!!... ur website rocks!!!!!... the plunger did the job... apparently the clog wasn't as a big as i thought it was!!!.. Thanks!!!! & Good Luck on the future

DATE: Saturday August 6, 2005 -- 4:41:44 pm
Woohoo! Thank you! I've tried everything from chemicals, the auger and finally a bucket of warm water. The good ol' reliable bucket did the trick. Of course, I tried it waist high at first...nothing. Then tried it head high. It's like Niagara Falls, a thing of beauty.

Thanks again!

FROM: James [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday August 7, 2005 -- 6:15:09 am
It's always a good thing to remember when you work with the various toilet tools to ALWAYS keep your mouth shut as you plunge away. Otherwise even with the toilet running smooth it could still leave a bad taste in your mouth.

I hate to admit it but I learned that first hand at about 9 years old and mom wanted me to learn what is was like to go in and save my plastic army man from our toilet. Man I will never forget that experience.

FROM: jeff
DATE: Monday August 8, 2005 -- 7:35:17 pm
Here's one for ya, brand new bar of Irish spring, flushed down by my 3yr old. I've tried hot water, plunging and a snake to try to break it up, all to no avail. Please help!

FROM: Alexa
DATE: Tuesday August 9, 2005 -- 9:28:04 pm
Thank you so much! I am in my first apartment by myself and have never had to unclog a toilet before. I didn't want to tell my landlord (it's embarassing for girls to have to tell someone that THEY messed up the toilet) I didn't know how the heck to use a plunger, and had never heard of the bucket of water. So after a combination of both, and a little patience, it worked. Plus, there are some funny stories here! It helped me remember how much worse it could be!

FROM: Biff
DATE: Wednesday August 17, 2005 -- 4:09:55 am
I'm broke in my own apartment. So plunger, snake, and chemicals are no go.

I'm going on my third or fourth bucket. God this sucks. I was cleaning my bathroom and threw a bunch of paper towels in the toilet. God I'm such an idiot.

FROM: Bobbi
DATE: Wednesday August 17, 2005 -- 11:08:21 pm
Okay. So, I accidently flushed a hair dye bottle down the toilet. Will an auger be able to push it out? Or is there anything else I can do!?

FROM: darla
DATE: Friday August 19, 2005 -- 4:00:04 am
my husband's brothers used my tiolet after getting off work. they both did a #2. at 2:00 a.m. i flushed the tiolet and water came all the way to the top. i plunged it several times and nothing seemed to help at all! my husband gets really mad & frustrated whenever he has to fix problems, so i decided to try to fix it myself. i read that dish detergent and warm water can help unclog a tiolet. i really didnt think it would work, but i still tried it. first i used a bucket of warm water. it didnt help. i then put 4-5 tbsps of dish detergent in the warm water in the tiolet. i plunged it down some and added more warm water. to my suprise, the tiolet water flushed down! *never use hot water because it can crack your toilet. the dish detergent helps the blockage slide through. dish detergent and warm water is a life saving remedy for the tiolet! it really works!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 19, 2005 -- 9:28:44 am
they both did a #2. at 2:00 a.m.

"2 at 2" ... sounds like a cheesy radio gimmick.

FROM: darla
DATE: Friday August 19, 2005 -- 2:50:56 pm
lol! they did a #2 in the early evening. i woke up at 2:00a.m. and flushed the toilet.
the "2 at 2" sounds better though! lol

FROM: Unknown
DATE: Monday August 22, 2005 -- 3:43:38 pm
Oh jeez-its. I hate these water saving toilets. Everytime I take a crap it freakin' clogs so like I'm always afraid to go. My dad usuallys unclog it without thinking it's me (I hope) and never says a word about it really. But the toilet clogs so often, I had to try unclogging it myself. I have been discouraged as I'm only a girl. And our plunger sucks. I tried again again. It's not like someone taught me to do this stuff.

So I've been looking on the net for awhile now. Today the clog is just unbearable. There's shit all over. >_> I felt like I needed a gas mask as I kept using them sprays to hopefully make it smell nice, but I used so much it seems like my nose and throat just took on a load of acidic chemicals.

I think I'm gonna throw up. The smell of poo and ucky citrus smelled spray combined... I really want a gas mask for this job... And I'm just so chicken to tell my dad cos' like man, there's shit everywhere around the bowl...The water is like freakin' brown and crap is floatin... What to do, what to do... :(

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 22, 2005 -- 4:04:56 pm
Auger. Auger. Auger.

Pony up $20 at Home Depot and you'll be good to go.

FROM: onenadonly
DATE: Monday August 22, 2005 -- 8:31:30 pm
UNBELIEVABLE....the warm water in bucket with dish detergent works!!!! Put some dish detergent in the bowl and leave for a while. fill bucket to about a qurter, and pour from about waist high....
4 years and this thread is still alive :)

FROM: Unknown
DATE: Monday August 22, 2005 -- 9:26:04 pm
@ Ryan, yeah man we don't got one of those in our house. Only an ordinary plunger that doesn't even work. I would honestly secretly buy one, if 1, I was old enough to drive, and 2, if it was at least close enough so I can ride a bike there. Unfortunantly... this is not the case. >_<

I feel like I need to ram my head in the wall several times. My dad came home already and I had about 4 hours to solve the problem and I could do nothing! It was too gross to unclog the toilet. I mean... I crapped in it once, clogged. Woke up at around 7 AM to go since I was in bed and THE PAIN AND THE URGE, GAH! Just when I thought I was done, I wasn't... So I went AGAIN in the same toilet cos' I didn't wanna clog another toilet just in case. I thought the poop would at LEAST go down and flush up clean water like the first time... But that wasn't the case. I had been holding my crap in me for like 2 days (no lie...I do this a lot...), hoping mom would go grocery shopping for my chance to go THEN because I know their toilets work excellant. Like I said... Water is brown...Crap floatin'... I was about to barf. To leave this job to my dad feels HORRIBLE. I wish I had magic god parents who would grant wishes... I know what'd I wish for at this moment. .____.

@ onenadonly, I have got to try this out... Your talking about the common green liquid soap we use to wash dishes by hand right? Or something else?

@ Ryan again, well keep this spot up, it seems to have helped numerous people. And it's giving me some hope of solving this problem of mine if it happens again...And if dad doesn't look under the toilet seat today... He just ate...Looking at it would make anyone vomit, even the original pooper, me, heh. My clothes stank up after staying down there trying to unclog it. Afterwards...I kinda just went to bed hoping I wouldn't wake up till tommorow so dad's gone, and I can wake up really early to fix it while mom's still sleeping. But I only woke up like 3 hours later and here I am desperate to find some solace by reading this page. I'm hopeless. T_T;

FROM: Micky
DATE: Monday August 22, 2005 -- 9:41:18 pm
I live in an student apartment complex and everyone at the office including the maintainance person is female! HELP! I have a seriously blocked toilet and i'm only living here 4 days! I can't buy a plunger or an auger because i cant find any anywhere, in any diy shop or anything. I'm going to try the warm water trick in a few minutes when the water level is low enough!! hope it works...

FROM: Steve-0
DATE: Thursday August 25, 2005 -- 2:59:37 pm
Thx! This really worked and now my toilet is fine. JUST NO ONE FLUSH BABY WIPE DOWN THEIR TIOLET!! EVEN FLUSHABLES! Thats how my whole problem started and I use Flushable wipes.

FROM: Steve-0
DATE: Thursday August 25, 2005 -- 3:00:31 pm
- baby wipeS that is.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday August 26, 2005 -- 4:50:49 pm
Usually when I clog a toilet, the water is clear and I just plunge it along with the hot water trick with the occasional dish washing detergent. But noooooo, the water has a nasty colour with bits of material I was not able to digest, and it smells bad. I don't even want to stick a plunger in there!!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday August 26, 2005 -- 5:21:35 pm
I don't know how I unplugged it. Just threw in some dish detergent (masked up the smeels, phew), and then plungged furiously. The plunger kept on getting stuck and I had to take the stick out of the bell contantly. Is this normal?

FROM: Patty
DATE: Saturday August 27, 2005 -- 4:38:21 am
Great website...I was laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face.

Plunging wasn't working after a few hours, and the only thoughts going through my head were, "Holy sh--! I have to go out of town in two days...I can't just leave it like this!" No way was I anywhere near getting an auger or snake at 3 am, and anyhow, I could just imagine plunking that thing on the counter and having some clerk look at me knowing what I just did, or worse, saying, "Did you clog the toilet?" like he/she is shocked that women do unladylike things like taking a crap. Ditto the plumber. I was skeptical, but after googling "unclog toilet" and finding some sites, I figured that I might as well give the Palmolive a shot since I actually had it in the house. Three tablespoons and a few plunges later (the whole thing took less than 10 minutes), I heard a whoosh, and everything's good. I flushed a few extra times just to check, and I hear the beautiful sounds of normal flushing. And I had a whole support group built in along the way...I love this site!

FROM: Laura
DATE: Sunday September 4, 2005 -- 12:52:48 am

FROM: rob the bog
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 4:48:42 am
Just to add a bit more to the poo mountain of knowlage, hot water and washing up liquid do the trick. It heps lubricate the blockage. keep a bottle by the loo and squirt it down, usfull for exsesive paper users. Again this helps keep things moving and prevents blockages.

FROM: brian chiles
DATE: Tuesday September 6, 2005 -- 7:55:08 am
incomplete information

FROM: James P.
DATE: Tuesday September 6, 2005 -- 11:46:55 pm
I'm having a problem and maybe you guys can help me. I came home from work today to find out from my sister that my guest toilet was backing up. I took the plunger to it and it still won't go down. I bought an auger and still nothing. Now my wife is telling me that the master bathroom toilet is acting up. It still drains but very slowly. I told my sister to use some liquid plumber in both toliets and let it sit for a few hours. We come back home to find that the shower floor is full of crap and toilet paper! What is going on?! I start plunging the shower drain and I notice that all the water in the toilets go down. And when I flush the master toilet, it's like old faithful coming out of the shower drain! Can anyone help?

FROM: Cameron
DATE: Wednesday September 7, 2005 -- 11:43:39 pm
Okay now I don't actually have a problem with my toilet right now, but we just got over a toilet clog, and I decided to share it with this forum.
Okay this all started last Friday, in the afternoon my Dad took a 30 pound dump, promptly clogging the toilet he tried plunging for a while then just let it sit, so then a couple hours later I ask him if the clog is gone from the toilet and he was like yeah sure its probably gone now, so I promptly use it and place my own portion and it ends up even more clogged. It fills up and then goes down very very slowly. We try plunging some more, but to no avail. So my Dad goes out into our shed and finds a old toilet snake (non-electric), but it just wont go over that first curve. So we go out and get some sulfuric acid the only stuff the store had that could be used for toilets $14 right there, and we poor half the bottle in, let it sit for a while then we try flushing All the toilet does is start to drain a little faster, so we put in the rest, nothing.
The night passes; the outdoors is our only extra toilet.
Luckily the next day we were gone most of the time, but then we get back in the evening, and we go out and buy a brand new snake $6 (non- electric), and we realize that we were doing it wrong, so we follow the directions and it still wont go over the first curve We try for ages, different angles, sticking a hand down there to try and guide it; all we gain is some scratches in our bowl. So Im really frustrated now, we dont want to spend hundreds of dollars on a plumber, and its going to be annoying going another night with out a toilet. So I promptly start surfing the net looking for alternative ways to try to unclog, and low and behold I come across this site and read #3 the bucket with hot water. So I tell my Dad and he gets too buckets and sets them in the tub and starts dumping water one bucket at a time from shoulder level (if they tell you to do it at waist shouldnt shoulder be better?) and it starts draining really fast, we start hooting and hollering, but it still wont flush quite the same, so we keep on doing it, until it has almost its full gusto back. Mission accomplished, thanks for the tip on the bucket O water thing. And it was hilarious reading what some people sent in.
Oh and if you happen to be getting a new toilet soon, you should get one that actually flushes well, heres the URL to a site that has done tests on a whole bunch of low flow toilets: You will need acrobat to read, or you can read an article:

FROM: Noelle
DATE: Thursday September 8, 2005 -- 4:37:28 pm
I accidentally dropped a plastic toilet roll dispenser down the toilet. I believe it is lodged behind the first tunnel curve but I can't reach it. I'm assuming an auger won't work since the dispenser is hard plastic and I'm concerned that I may accidentally push it farther down if I use a plunger. Isn't the object to pull it out into the toilet bowl instead of pushing it farther down, where it may get stuck below the floor? I'll try a plunger if "an expert" believes it won't be a problem. Yah or Nah?

FROM: Brian
DATE: Friday September 9, 2005 -- 3:28:21 pm
I googled "unplug the toilet" and found this site -- it is hilarious. Do you think people will think I am weird when I tell them I am laughing hysterically because a pooper problem-solving site?

I awoke this morning an went downstairs to get my coffee, took a leak in the bathroom off the kitchen, flushed and realized my day had gone horribly wrong. I had poopy water running out onto my feet before I even opened my other eye from sleeping. I plunged and plunged with no success - went to work an hour late and am going to go home to to wrestle the poopie soon. My 5 & 7 year old daughters like to use A LOT of paper to wipe for #1 - imagine how much they use for #2. I have a sneaking suspicion there is something in there. I am going to spread butter on my arm and see if I can reach in to get it. Wish me well...

FROM: Jamie
DATE: Sunday September 11, 2005 -- 1:19:14 am
Alright, well, here's a story that pays homage to this site. I just graduated college and moved to the outskirts of a big city with only my cat as my companion. It's a huge apartment and the rent is great so I knew there had to be a catch. I've been living here for one week, and I think I finally found it. My toilet might just be the spawn of satan. It constantly makes the running water sound (which of course makes me have to pee every couple of minutes) and when you sit on it it wobbles (many a girl who's visited me says it makes them feel fat!). Okay, so aside from these nuisances, everything is fine until this morning. My mom came to help me get stuff and on a hunch i bought a plunger from Target THIS morning. I even joked about how I'm the queen of breaking toilets (long story short I had to have a toilet in a hotel room REPLACED because I clogged it so badly). I'm a little person, I don't know how i manage to always do this! So anyway, tonight I used le toilette for numero dos and it didn't go down very smoothly when i flushed. So on a hunch, i flushed again and the water started rushing up! Now, I'm a lesbian so I'm very very handy so i figured I could handle this without a problem. I'm plungin and plungin and plungin and not letting it overflow...just like a pro. Only problem is, nothing is happening. Plus the damn thing is laughing at me! (In the form of making all sorts of noises like "You're succeeding! Good Job! Clog's almost gone!" Then I take the plunger out and its like "Bwahahahahah! Still clogged!" So I come on this site, losing all hope because yesterday i tried to find a solution to the horrible leaking noise and all the websites i found blew, and I see all of these success stories! So back to the bathroom I go, with faithful and helpful kitty at my heals! I don't have a bucket, so i tried a tupperware first. Needless to say, no success. So I frantically dumped my garbage can out, filled it with hot water from the bath (while the shower head dripped hot water onto my head) and poured it in from shoulder height. More taunting, but no success. At the same time I'm trying to plunge...only problem is (as i learned on this site) it is physically impossible to pull the plunger out quickly while maintaining any kind of air proof seal because of the damn rocking. So I keep doing this switching back and forth, all the while the toilet is laughing at me and the cat's looking at me like i'm a complete idiot (his toilet is so easy to use!). FINALLY i'm plunging the hot water convinced i'm just exacerbating the problem by adding MORE water to a toilet i'm trying to PREVENT from overflowing, and all of a sudden a white flag of surrender flies out of the toilet and it gurgles to defeat. Unfortunately, it still makes the horrible pee inducing running sound, but I won this battle and thats all that matters. Oh, and to make matters worse, I have horrible OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and I must have washed my hands 30 times in the past hour while all of this was going on. Whatever, I can pee worry free! This site is great- good advice and hilarious stories (I laughed out loud!). I think for now, this handywoman is gonna stick to putting up shelves and fixing dry, clean, not toilet things!

FROM: Angie
DATE: Sunday September 11, 2005 -- 9:22:58 pm
Aside from kids dropping things in the toilet, I just can't believe that this many people have problems from simply going number two. Half of these problems could be prevented with a courtesy flush. I came across this page in error and I started reading and just about fell out of my seat laughing. I thought I'd put in my two cents, as this was passed down from my mom when my brother shoved a couple tooth brushes into the toilet. I also used it on a hot wheel that my own 2 year old sent down the hole: About 5 cups of pretty hot (close to boiled) water, 1/4 cup laundry soap and about 1/2 cup of bleach. Throw the soap and bleach in the toilet and carefully pour the hot water in the middle of the bowl (make sure there's some water left in the bowl, otherwise, add some from the sink). Be careful not to hit the porcelein or you could crack the bowl. This concoction makes the water slimey (workin' things loose) and the hot water helps break up the doo doo. Leave it for a while and then try flushing, plunging, snake etc. It also disolves the toilket paper and some plastic, like the toohbrush bristles! Give it a shot. I've used it more than once. Also, we had the sluggish problem for a while, where it would flush but not with much force and you just stood there praying to god that "you're shit don't stink" . So we went and bought a new butt gasket (always buy the gasket before removing the toilet or you will regret it) and ripped the toilet off the floor. That allowed for a most thorough inspection of the poop shoot. Discovered the 2 year old had taken the child lock off of the toilet (home daycare)and tossed it in the toilet where it became lodged sideways, allowing the goodies to pass but at a slower speed. That's pretty easy work if you've got two people and a good back. Goodluck :)

FROM: Brian
DATE: Tuesday September 13, 2005 -- 2:15:57 pm
We got the confession - my 5 year old accidentally knocked a little wooden angel in the toilet (5 inches tall, about 2 inches deep) - going to snake it out tonight!!!

FROM: danielle
DATE: Wednesday September 14, 2005 -- 12:52:46 pm
some asshole clogged my toilet , (pun very much intended!) nothing seems to work, i've tried EVERYTHING! pouring the got water down makes the smell even worse, and, it only makes the flow even slower than before, what do i do? help me please?!?!

FROM: danielle
DATE: Wednesday September 14, 2005 -- 12:55:18 pm
i should've proof read huh? lmao! supposed to say, "pouring the water down" , sorry! hahah

FROM: zaneta
DATE: Monday September 19, 2005 -- 5:28:12 pm
My toilet is bagged up. I've tried just about everything. I've even called my apt. complex office for assistance. I haven't gotten any help in 3 days. I've had to use the bathroom at the cornerstore. please help!
The water rises and falls but it still won't flush.

FROM: Angie
DATE: Friday September 23, 2005 -- 1:21:51 am
Brian, well 4 days later you beat it out of your kids that they plugged the toilet with an Angel of all things. Satan works against us in mysterious ways. Did the snake work?

FROM: michael [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday September 23, 2005 -- 1:43:46 am
the water trick worked after two hours of plunging. thank you, thank you. the gurgling sound is euphoric.

FROM: Phyllis
DATE: Thursday September 29, 2005 -- 9:44:45 pm
Woohoo, what an adventure! Not so much as a testimonial here as a warning...

A few weeks ago I was cleaning out the litterbox and decided not to bother walking outside to the bin with the cat doodles, so I put the contents of the entire litter pan (while flushing) down the toilet in my master bathroom, which stopped flushing immediately and stared at me. Tried plunging (with one of those accordion-shaped Power Plugers) until it triggered another flush, which sent a tsunami of clay-water and cat turds cascading out all over my floor and down the central heating vent. 4 hours and 2 Shop-Vac buckets later the floor was finally dry and the toilet empty, so I made the next unwise decision - to go to work and deal with it the day afterwards. 24 hours later, the kitty grit had solidified into something the consistency of wet concrete all through the lav's trapway, and my futile attempts to auger it out left the bowl etched like someone shat out razor-blades or something. To condense the rest of the story, the toilet had to go (dragged it down the stairs), only the tank bolts were rusted so badly I couldn't get it off and put the lav in the car, so I had to throw it around on the driveway until enough chunks had broken off to fit it in my honda and take it to the dump. Cut myself on one of the broken porcelain edges and now I'm worried that I might have cat parasites.

(On the very slim bright side, I now have a brand spanking new quiet-flushing loo!)

FROM: Trance [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday October 2, 2005 -- 8:23:25 am
I have a very crappy toilet that constantly stops up on a dime. You can as much as look at it, and it will stop up.

My Landlord is not in too much of a hurry to do anything about it and one of my friends suggested pouring a cup of liquid detergent, and I asked my father and he advised against it.

What should I do?

FROM: Phyllis
DATE: Sunday October 2, 2005 -- 2:40:50 pm
Detergent is supposed to get everything inside really slick and start it moving again, but beware of a foam-up.

FROM: Suze
DATE: Thursday October 6, 2005 -- 12:10:17 pm
Ever taken a dump that blocked ur toilet so that the water flow doesn't go down over a whole 2 days!? Thank GOD i have another one. So, if i wear rubber gloves when i stick my hands down the loo, i won't ctach anything... right?

FROM: rob
DATE: Monday October 10, 2005 -- 10:02:11 am
I had a shit so bad my ass hurt for weeks!! MY toilet couldn't handle the torpedo i fired at it. First the shitter filled to the brim with shitty brown smelly ass water with giant chunks of dump just floating around and smearing shit all over the edge of the bowl i had to act quick so i flushed it for a second time hoping it would sort out the shit infestation so i could carry on with part two of the shit sadly my idea didnt work out to plan overflowing the brown water and several foot longs i had to dodge them with great skill at this point i was scared so i left my flat for a week when returning there was creatures roaming and feasting on the wild logs if only i had read this post first and used the bucket of water

FROM: Never to late in life to learn
DATE: Tuesday October 11, 2005 -- 7:46:14 pm
Wow, thanks to all the posters! The bucket of very hot water did the trick on the second try, and after hours of trying other ways. Namely nothing accomplished with a good plunger, a couple tablespoons of dishwash liquid, and a bent coat hanger.

So here the details.

1) We have an expensive $20 plunger, the costliest of about 5 models in the home repair warehouse. This thing has done the toilet job several times last few years. Not this time, so obviously a rare tougher clog this time (caused by using paper hand towels while I was being nice and washing the terry cloth ones in the machine as a treat for the wife while I'm lucky to be home all day puttering on Columbus Day :/

And yep the crapper is a low volume water saver that is conservationly correct as required by U.S. law: Booooo!

(Somewhere I read a hint to cross the border into Canada and smuggle back a real toilet with a label specifying 2 gallons per flush. Maybe they have these in Mexico too? Can the border patrol dogs smell toilets hidden in the trunk?)

So after reading hints online here, I removed all the water possible out of toi bowl with quart jar. And filled two gallons of very hot water together with two tablesppons of Dawn dish soap into a plastic kitchen garbage can and dumped it all out quick as possible directly at the hole from chest high to really put the pressure on all at once: first time nothing good happened. Second time it cleared the problem instantly!

(The hot water was hot as possible from kitchen fawcet and then that same hot water heated further for three minutes in two 2 quart skillets on electric range burners at highest heat setting, and then immediately repeat for two more skillet fulls to make a full 2 gallons in the pail. Or a microwave and glass casserole dishes would have worked to get the water hotter than tapwater, but not all the way to boiling.

Sheesh, that was easy...

FROM: Never to late in life to learn
DATE: Tuesday October 11, 2005 -- 7:56:46 pm
And for a humorous posting please read:
FROM: Phyllis
DATE: Thursday September 29, 2005 -- 9:44:45 pm

Quote (...all over my floor and down the central heating vent...). Unquote

Now that's RE-AH-LY funny!

FROM: Rick
DATE: Tuesday October 11, 2005 -- 8:57:13 pm
Hi What does it mean when the toilet bubbles when we run the bath tub or sink thanks rick

FROM: Caelyn
DATE: Tuesday October 11, 2005 -- 10:58:00 pm
Haha, phyllis' story is hilarious. i hope you don't have cat parasites. thank god for the hot water trick. nothing else worked. Thank you!

FROM: Stella
DATE: Saturday October 15, 2005 -- 1:13:23 am
Thanks for the tips on how to plunge--push in slooowwwly, then pull out quickly! It worked! Thanks!

FROM: the plunger
DATE: Monday October 17, 2005 -- 9:58:40 pm
thank you for the hot water trick - i couldn't hold up much longer - i'm now resting in the toilet bowl covered in comet spray with bleach and that insane girl is taking an alka seltzer

FROM: j3ff
DATE: Tuesday October 18, 2005 -- 7:18:45 pm
My new roomate thinks her backside is too delicate for tp so she uses baby wipes...... can you guess what happened next? She swears it's not the baby wipes and they are ok to flush. I pick up the box and read aloud these wipes are made of CLOTH not paper and are designed to be extra strong. I don't think sulfuric acid could disolve these things. So ive been working on it and I get it to what I call a half flush the water goes down but doesn't completely evacuate the bowl so it's usable then mysteriously after my roomate uses the bathroom the clog is back and this time it's pissed. Once again she swears she hasn't been using the wipes. This has been going on for two weeks.

FROM: Permanent Bucket?
DATE: Saturday October 22, 2005 -- 5:30:23 am
I never clog the toilet, except at my sister's place where the damn toilet doesn't have enough pressure to flush down pee let alone any TP. Anyway, at my own place, I never have problems. Today, however, I somehow clogged it. I can tell it ain't going anywhere before the water fills to the rim and I turn off the valve. I wait. Maybe it'll just drain slowly. Nah! I go out and get a plunger from the nearest store open at this hour, and that got a major part gone, but not all the way. My arms are so tired from plunging. Thinking, I don't think I'm doing this right, I google and find this site. I had completely forgotten the water bucket method!!! (told you it doesn't happen to me often). Anyway, 20 buckets later, it finally did that gurgggg and swoosh sound that was music to my ears. However, if I flush again on the clear bowl, the bowl just fills up again. I tried a couple of more buckets, gurrrggg swoosh. Flushed, water filled up again. Repeated process over and over. Am I doomed to keep a bucket next to my toilet as a flushing mechanism?

Am now adding my post to the site and going to bed. Will call maintenance in the morning. At least the embarassing stuff's gone. In the mean time, if anyone has any ideas on what is causing this or can think of a way to fix it, pls post. Thx.

FROM: Stacy
DATE: Sunday October 23, 2005 -- 9:46:59 am
My toilet had been acting strange for a few days...the paper would spin around and there just didnt seem like there was enough suction...October 23rd 2005

Log entry 124:

I once again find my face braving the raging shit infested waters. On my knees I am digging my way to shitting freedom with a coat hanger in one hand and my will to conquor this bleet world in the other. I am plunging with all my might, hoping to hook the beast that has "reeked" such hell upon my family. Sweat and feces drip from my brow, but I urge myself on, thinking of my young children whose survival hangs on the hope of a sanitary, operating toilet system. I begin to feel faint, am I hearing a cry for help in the distance??? I shake my head, and for a brief moment, i think maybe the end is near and angels are calling me to the heavens above...However, I now know I hear this panicked, sweet vioce again...I plunge with my mighty coat hanger!! Harder and Harder...I know a fair maiden is calling for her rescue!! Soon my eyes feast on the beautiful sight of soft pink..Could it be?? I havent seen such a beautiful color in a very long time. Brown sludge and shredded grey paper has haunted me for so long....are my eyes playing tricks??? I reach for this newfound figure...I quickly pull it from the waters...ALAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....It is Barbie Toothbrush!!! We both weep together in this monumentous moment of sheer joy...She no longer has to endure the wicked depths of turds and human waste....and I have found and end to my perilous shit infested quest. However, I know in my heart the end may not be near..... I hesitate to try the handle on the commode...Could this truely be an end to my suffering, or is it just one more road block...My hand shakes as I reach for the handle...I push down and pray....Thank you Lord!!!!.... I will never forget the beautiful gurgling sound as all the evil contents of my toilet are sucked to the depths of hell where they fester.....Its a good day...

PS Barbie Toothbrush is in critical condition...She is in need of extensive psyciatric care...She has been packaged and is being sent to the Vintondale Waste Management Retirement Home where I hope she rests in peace

Until Next time.....

DATE: Wednesday October 26, 2005 -- 5:49:42 am
hey, thanks for the help. I never knew exactly what to do with a plunger before. There are six toilets in this house, this very very old house, and a tonne of teenage girls, who don't really think of others in a time of need like this (time of clogging). Instead of trying the different steps at different times, I did them all at once - I was sick of poopin scoopin. I added a trick of my own though, since Coke is supposed to be so acidic for my belly and I was out of any good cleaners, I poured a can of Coke into the almost empty toilet, then "snaked" with a bent up clothes hanger (the paint peeled right off the hanger), poured a bucket of hot water into the bowl, plunged according to your recommended method, turned the water back on, and flushed - I am oh so happy and relieved now - thanks so much for making this site!

DATE: Wednesday October 26, 2005 -- 7:34:06 am
dohhhh, I should have kept reading more blogs before using the coke, could have used the dish soap instead, cause now, after bleaching the entire main floor of the house (and some stairs), I am freakin thirsty. As for the youngin who has a toilet that is constantly running, you'll need a new ball cock, 10 bucks at walmart or wherever. It also means you're using a lot of water, so, in the mean time, shut off the water (little knob near floor at the back of the toilet) to shut it up. Good luck!

FROM: flyer
DATE: Thursday October 27, 2005 -- 2:23:47 am
I seem to be having some trouble with my toilet here and you all seem like the experts. For the last few weeks the toilet has been slow to get rid of waste or tp, we were careful to only put a little tp in at a time but in the last few days its clogged up completely. The water rests at a very low point. We now have some clump of waste sitting there but it wont flush down, (when we try to flush it just fills the bowl with water that slowly drains away until only a little bit is left) Ive tried plunging but its doesnt appear to be doing anything, Ive also tried pouring water in but that does seem to do anything either. I dont have any toilet snakes or anything. I may call a plumber tomorrow. Any ideas?

FROM: Phyllis
DATE: Thursday October 27, 2005 -- 7:27:06 pm
Buy a snake. They're about $5 and you can root around in there yourself before spending scads on a plumber. Heck, I killed my lav completely but it was still cheaper to replace it than get someone to dig it out for me. (read above, Thursday September 29, 2005 -- 9:44:45 pm for details).

Good luck,

FROM: Michelle
DATE: Thursday October 27, 2005 -- 10:46:51 pm
I purchased the JetPlunger from Bed Bath & Beyond after the hot water trick and a cheap plunger failed to unclog the toilet. It's very easy to use and doesn't take much time.

FROM: CountryGal
DATE: Friday October 28, 2005 -- 12:50:45 am
I have been reading this off and on for 2 days, laughing and remembering past events. I still have only gotten halfway thru all the posts!

I'd suggest you NEVER put these things down a toilet:

paper towels
clumping cat litter
excessive amounts of TP (particularly the thick stuff)
meatballs or any other large, solid foods

I couldn't believe when I read people throw paper toweling down their toilets and flush. And unless you're using industrial strength toilets, I wouldn't suggest putting tampons down one either.

We once had a real mess when flushing the toilet and everything came out of the bottom all over the floor. Ended up the wax seal went bad. ACK.

Another time our plumbing started backing up after we'd moved into a home that had been vacant for 6 months. Once we moved in and started using the plumbing, the stuff that had sat in the laterals had solidified and eventually had no where to go. A septic service/roto rooter type service had to bring their 'big gun' out to auger the lines out.

Anyway, thanks for the laughs... and the good tips!

FROM: j3ff
DATE: Friday October 28, 2005 -- 6:05:51 am
Wait a minute.

leet- a few years ago..i stuck a highlighter up my ass...and when i took it out it was all full of i decided to flush it..

am I the only one that finds this odd?

FROM: Shannon (Vancouver BC Canada)
DATE: Tuesday November 1, 2005 -- 4:28:43 pm
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ya know, the horrific knowledge that your precious throne is irreversably clogged, blocked and ain't movin' for nothin'~ certainly lends perspective to Life.
Suddenly, all your petty little problems go down the drain when you are faced with THE BEAST.
The CLOG BEAST (clearly sent by Satan, for THAT huge thing in there can't possibly have come from anything human!) has taken over the bathroom!!
Ok...calm down-
Plunger thingy...
ya, now plunge- plunge, plunge as if your very life depends on it!
Hmmm- think think think...
That's when I found this site-
The bucket are an angel!
Well..I used hot water in a big old pot but- same effect-
3x's and then I held my breath,
prayed a lot, and flushed....

IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!


So, I flushed 8 more x's, just to make sure that it was really happening.

SSDD = "Same Sh*t, Different Drain".

Thanks again Ram:)

FROM: mommabeans
DATE: Wednesday November 2, 2005 -- 12:54:07 am
i have read through every comment posted and have not come upon my problem. Yes, my toilet is clogged, but when I was able to flush came up in my I plungered the shower and little particles of toilet paper kept coming I went and flushed the toilet again and it won't flush but there's no toilet paper in the toilet just a bunch in the shower now I have to take a shower in my rain boots. I have used every type of drain cleaner in every single sink and toilet in my house and nothing is working...can anybody help me out here. p.s. do the fumes from these clog products cause brain damage?

FROM: geezer's girl
DATE: Friday November 4, 2005 -- 7:23:02 pm
Toilet has been clogged for over a week. Thank god for the second bathroom. Relations are getting strained though (girl living with two guys and needing some privacy). Been plunging for a week now in desperation. No good! The irony of the situation is that I own a snake (from a previous dog poop and paper towel incident) and never thought to use it until I googled you guys. Used the snake- took a couple of tries and viola- flushing heaven.
I had been blaming my boyfriend for pooing and clogging it. It ended up being a tampon! I don't care what the directions on the box say- I am never flushing a tampon again.

FROM: JoeTDirt
DATE: Sunday November 6, 2005 -- 6:02:47 pm
Hey I just finished remodeling my house. Yes brand new High Performance Kohler toilets included. My son just tossed a bunch of Grab-it wipes in both toilets upstairs and the sewage is overflowing the shower and the Tub... No clogged toilets, This is a mayor clog in the swage system. How can I get the shitty wipe disolved? Other than Laser beams???

DATE: Tuesday November 8, 2005 -- 5:45:13 pm
HOLY CRAP (no pun intended). some kid put massive amounts of toilet paper in the bathroom at my job... I'm freaking out cuz my boss is coming back to the office from Europe. I leave it alone for a day not knowing what the hell to do.

I come back to the job and realize that the problem will not just GO AWAY. I take the plunger, I plunge and plunge away... nothing... Im thinking damn I'll need to call a plumber - buy why spend all the money... I hit this site and read post after post after post... I really didn't think that the hot water thing would work... then I realized "you dummy" use liquid dishwasher or laundry washer (I used the latter one). so I out lots of laundry washer in the toilet bowl as well as 2 buckets of HOT water and I'm plunging away for a few minutes.

I decided to go back to my desk and let it soak (in my mind I'm thinking this isn't going to work). I leave my desk to check on it and WOW no more over flow... I flushed and yes folks I heard the glorious sounds of flushing and I will not hear the angry cries of my boss.

I don't have kids... but I sure know what to do now.. in case something like this happens.

its always a blessing to learn somethin new - no matter how small it is.

thanks so much.

FROM: beenthere
DATE: Thursday November 10, 2005 -- 12:51:28 pm
After reading the hilarious and desperate entries, I have a few tips of my own to offer.
1) Having a problematic toilet, upon flushing, I watch the water level. If it starts rising, I immediately turn off the water supply under the toilet. That stops overflow. Then I can deal with the clog.
2) To prevent splashback while plunging, I wrap an old towel or sheet around the handle of the plunger, covering the entire bowl opening.
3) To prevent splashout while pouring buckets of water down the toilet, I leave the seat down (not the lid) and start gently so as not to splash, THEN dump water more aggressively to get the push.
4) I have a wonderful tool to assist me in alleviating clogs in toilets and drains..a profi pipe cleaner..uses air pressure to clear blockage, just pump and pull trigger. It's sold on QVC, item #V12268 for $28 plus shipping, well worth the price when you NEED it! Here's the shortcut to the product page.. if that doesn't work, go to and search for item V12268). I am not affiliated with profi or QVC; it's just a GREAT thing to have around.

FROM: been there
DATE: Thursday November 10, 2005 -- 1:01:03 pm
Me again..just a couple more things!
If you use the profi pipe cleaner mentioned in my previous entry, you CERTAINLY want to use the towel over the bowl trick! It splashes pretty big sometimes.

Also, and this is a BIG one..NEVER, EVER flush ANY type of sanitary product or matter what the manufacturer says, they are NOT flushable! If you don't believe that, talk to any plumber or visit your local water treatment plant and see what they have to deal with.

FROM: beentheretoo
DATE: Thursday November 10, 2005 -- 1:31:07 pm
Ladies, you might consider using DivaCup to avoid having to dispose of sanitary products. Find it at, or These products are more friendly for your body and for the environment.
(I'm not affiliated either.)

FROM: beenthere
DATE: Thursday November 10, 2005 -- 2:55:38 pm
Having the old full tank toilets does not guarantee a good flush! We have two 25 year old american standards; one flushes great almost always and the other is a huge problem. It's most likely the's always been a problem.

We're giving up and buying new Toto's..they have a great reputation and I've read rave reviews on their toilets.

FROM: Steve A.
DATE: Thursday November 10, 2005 -- 5:05:39 pm
Mammabeans.. welcome to my former world. I was a single guy living in an apartment in Upstate New York. I would problems with my toilet whenever I had friends over (who used the second bathroom). Drain-o (or any family members), plunging, snaking, WHATEVER didn't seem to make a difference. I had stuff coming out EVERYWHERE. And it always seemed to happen on a Friday as I was ready to head out to the restaurant.

Well, it turned out there was a FOUR FOOT piece of rebar in the house's lines which made things back up.

What I'm trying to say is It may not be your fault!

. o O ( I wonder if I got the HTML right this time )

FROM: Lani
DATE: Friday November 11, 2005 -- 8:44:32 pm
Ok, so we've had a mouse in the house for at least a month. Finally, after not being able to catch it with a trap or anything, we find it half dead on the floor of the kitchen. Of course, i'm like "bag it up and throw it in the dumpster. But, my boyfriend thought it would be a bright idea to flush it. I told him not too, but he did it anyway. That was last night. Today, i'm thinking "whew", we're in the clear, because it didn't clog. But when i went to do laundry today, and the spin cycle began, water started pouring out of the toilet and the bathtub. I could've killed my boyfriend on the spot if he hadn't been at work. I am going to try this hot water thing among others...anyone ever had this problem??

FROM: tiredofcloggs
DATE: Friday November 11, 2005 -- 10:52:08 pm
FINALLY SOMETHING THAT WORKS!!! This blog turned my tears of frustration from my shitty clog into tears of laughter. I had a party 2 weeks ago and I'm sure that a couple of people left me 'housewarming gifts' that kept my toilet clogged off and on. I moved into this apartment a couple of months ago and thought that I hit the jackpot with a great flusher-alas, the party proved that it was all just a pipe dream.
2 cups of hot tap water and some dish soap did the trick!
Awesome site for a gal livin on her own :)

FROM: SeanFLynn
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 12:23:36 am
Thanks! Came home to a clog, and a girl I wanted to impress, the hot water worked perfectly after the second time, Thanks again!!!

FROM: Beth
DATE: Tuesday November 15, 2005 -- 8:47:11 am
The water in my toilet rises everytime it is flushed and takes forever to go down, I have a feeling that something is down there, I have tried to snake it but it does no good. I need to know how to take the darn thing apart. Please help me, someone??!!

FROM: Deena
DATE: Wednesday November 16, 2005 -- 5:29:13 pm
Help!!! My toilet has a bad smell. I clean it and clean it but the smell always comes back. The other night I smelt it in my dreams! I flushed the toilet paper roll down a few months ago but it went down without a problem. COuld it be stuck up there somewhere? ANd could this be causing a bad smell???

FROM: Silko [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday November 19, 2005 -- 3:27:01 am
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FROM: pooped in baltimore
DATE: Saturday November 19, 2005 -- 1:51:17 pm
Ok, my girlfriend's son visits after school and uses damn near a whole roll for his 6th grader's sized turds and now.....72 hrs later I am yelliing and screaming at everyone who continues to use the toilet. I am exhausted by the plunging, CHASING poop all over the floor....or the little disgusting floating submarines that seem content sailing in a circle in the bowl..... our neighbor suggested that I use his crank handle luck...damn I'm not even sure if I am using it right. I shoved it in about 2 feet...then BAM won't go any further. Plunge some more, snake some more....flush....either I flood the bathroom floor or I am being entertained by the pool that flows just to the rim of the's like a serious pyschological &%$#....u think it's gonna flod but doesn't. I'm on potty are scared to death of the back hurts from balancing in the shower standing on the sides to pee....I'm totally disgusted and I know the people at Burger King are starting to recognize me ...same time everyday poopie time in their rest room.


FROM: pooped in Baltimore
DATE: Saturday November 19, 2005 -- 2:02:56 pm
GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It took 3 buckets of hot water and many four letter words in between....and swish the water made its beautiful typhoon circles and it all went down....I guess the trick is you have to literally pour the water right into/over the hole.......I'm am so thankful!!!!!!!!!

FROM: Relieved in Kilkenny, Ireland
DATE: Sunday November 20, 2005 -- 11:18:46 am
Oh thanks be to God. There was something terrible in my toilet, which refused to go away. I flushed and flushed, poured gallons of caustic soda down into the toilet, but it resisted admirably. Now, eight buckets of hot water (and two more after that, to be sure to be sure), the porcelain god is functional again.

Thank you so much! I only had to trawl through 18 pages of Google results before I found this page. Obviously, I should have typed in "how to unclog a toilet" rather than "flush toilet problem poo"...

FROM: Frank White
DATE: Tuesday November 22, 2005 -- 5:32:41 am
Had some friends over and were partying. My buddies sister from Vegas who is tiny in frame I might add, dropped a mega-bomb in the toilet and clogged it up. She then puked in the clogged toilet to boot. The next day after the hang over, I went to face the music. I dumped a half gallon of bleach in to try to disinfect and to cover that disgusting smell that seemed to burn holes in my nostrils. After some plunging, some cursing, and some dry heaves, I dumped a bucket of streaming hot water into the bowl. I do not recommend using water this hot if you have a particularly stinky situation since the steam rises and adds significantly to the smell, (more dry heaves). Also bleach fumes, hot stink, and steam can kill! Anyway after a few a minutes the bowl burped and the clog was clear!

FROM: Jennifer
DATE: Saturday November 26, 2005 -- 1:55:45 pm
okay, so what do you do when the bowl is filled (with God only knows what) and it appears that pouring more water in would just make a disgusting mess on the floor? Please give me the soluation because I really don't want to have to pay someone to clean this crap up! (literally)

FROM: avid googler
DATE: Sunday November 27, 2005 -- 1:28:30 am


yes, dish soap.

put a healthy amount (i used about a steady 5-10 second squirt) in there, let it sit for a minute or so, then give it a couple plunges.

this trick has dislodged the WORST clogs in my house, like fucking MAGIC.

as a college student living with 4 other guys, i always keep dish soap under the bathroom sink now.

for an added kicker, combine with very hot water, but ive never needed that much power.


FROM: Jennifer
DATE: Monday November 28, 2005 -- 1:30:24 pm
Well I don't know what did the trick, the plunging, the build-up remover, the hot water and soap, the snake, or a combination of all the above, but at least the damn toilet will flush again! Thanks for the suggestion!

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FROM: Shit Slayer
DATE: Monday December 5, 2005 -- 1:18:41 am
Well I'm not exactly known for my diminutive turds, so I have a lot of experience. I usually get the best of the throne and tame it's mighty currents. Unfortunately, today the porcelain gods have wreaked havoc on my life. It started with I would call a "once a year" turd event, something so gaping that I thought I needed an epidural. I knew it would be trouble, but nothing a Da Vinci of plunging such as myself couldn't handle. Well, one plunge, two plunge, three plunge, four. No dice. I try to flush again as this tends to add a little more pressure to my thrusts. Again, 15-20 plunges and no luck. Note that I have already turned off the water to the toilet. Then, to my horror, water comes rushing out of the tank into the bowl. WTF! Muddy waters overflow and turn my bathroom into a miniature Lake Titicaca. How did this happen? Who knows. After a stomach churning cleanup, I then add some dish soap into the mix. Plunge, plunge,...into eternity it seems. Now when I plunge, water is somehow backing up into the tank. WTF again! I have no luck. I go to Lowe's and buy a toilet auger. That doesn't work and I broke the piece of shit to boot. I plunge some more, and some more...I then have to leave and I come back 3 hours later. The muck level in the shitter hasn't even gone down one bit! I then go to Lowe's again and buy one of those CO2 powered plunger things called the Power Plumber. Man that thing is forceful. Alas, not forceful enough to dislodge the turd to end all turds. "Ahhhh!" I scream at the top of my lungs. I then take roughly 3/4 of the water out of the tank and the bowl. I add some bleach and now it is sitting there, hopefully eating away at my bowel asteroid. Could the hot water trick work? I am going to try that at once. I will conquer the beast and live to tell about it!

FROM: dan
DATE: Tuesday December 6, 2005 -- 3:28:50 am
boiling water always works for me

FROM: Molly
DATE: Saturday December 10, 2005 -- 11:51:43 pm
Thank you so much!!!! After days of plain plunging, plunging with dish soap, plain dish soap, dish soap wtih hot water, and plain hot water, it finally flushed!! It took three buckets of hot water, but it worked like a charm! You saved my life! Thanks!!!

FROM: Oliver
DATE: Sunday December 11, 2005 -- 4:02:44 am
I do NOT own a plunger and my toilet is filled with poo and it won't flush!!!

What the hell do I do now??

There's kleenex and poop everywhere and whenever I flush, the water rises higher and higher!

What can I do to fix this without a plunger?

I don't think pouring a bucket of hot water is going to fix my problem?

Please HELP!!!

FROM: Tina
DATE: Tuesday December 13, 2005 -- 6:05:32 am
My 7 year old son dumped a pan of cat litter down the toilet!!!!! Help, what do I do?

FROM: Elaine N.ireland
DATE: Wednesday December 14, 2005 -- 10:06:59 am
Had fun reading the tales of poo on your site.

We had a clogged toilet . Tried caustic soda and drain cleaner . My husband went to bed saying we,ll borrow some dyno- rods tomorrow.
I went on the net (not to be beaten ) and found your site.

Three buckets later loud burping noises could be heard and low and behold the toilet cleared.
Next morning I put down a few more buckets of hot water just to be sure .
Many thanks !!!!!

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DATE: Monday December 26, 2005 -- 8:32:25 am
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FROM: Scott
DATE: Tuesday December 27, 2005 -- 5:52:09 am
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FROM: Low Flow Blues
DATE: Friday December 30, 2005 -- 2:00:28 am
Thanks, everyone, for sharing your stories. They made a crappy night much more enjoyable. We had a nasty clog. We had it all - the odor, the brown water, and the overflow that made me want to burn down the bathroom and start anew. After trying to lay blame, (hey, I was gone all day!) hubby bailed and plunged while I helpfully added constructive criticism. Even I conceded to our porcelain-scratching auger (which would not go around the bend.)

Finally, hubby gave up. I found this site, and after laughing out loud, proceded to get buckets of hot water and perfect my plunging technique. Sucess!! The toilet - she flushes again.

With the devil incarnite low-flow toilet, more clogs are bound to happen, even though I preach "poo flush, wipe flush." Water saving, indeed! So I ordered the toiletta for the next time. I never want to see anyone that I haven't paid big money digging with their hands in my toilet again! I hope it works. Here's to happy gurgling and downward swirling to all.

FROM: Jake Brogan
DATE: Saturday December 31, 2005 -- 1:15:24 pm
Done gone clog the Great White [Porcelain] Throne around 4 am. Wife and I had a guest over so I had to do something before daybreak. Decided to push the toilet brush as far as it could go down the rabbit hole...and snap! it broke in there. Fancy plunger from Target wasn't working, neither did the bucket flush. Drove over to Lowe's at 5.45 am (sat outside till they opened at 6/6.20 am) for a new plunger and a toilet snake.

Got seduced by an air plunger/pump in the plumbing aisle. It's total crap, despite all the "patented" nonsense on the package. But the snake finally got things (yup, really brown 'things') moving. Brush head is probably still down there somewhere, but at least it flushes quite well.

Thanks for the tips and the stories, y'all.

FROM: kimikki
DATE: Sunday January 1, 2006 -- 10:58:42 am
Wow...I read as much of this site as I could handle. What a load of c**p! Literally! I feel for all of you. I know how bad it can be to have to unclog a toilet, and it usually doesn't happen until a crucial time -- company coming over, you REALLY gotta go, whatever. Our problem was resolved by renting a Roto-Rooter type of thing. We have cedar trees with roots that have grown into the septic line year after year. They stop everything up, making the toilets flush slower and slower, the drains all gurgle, and the place stinks. We now know what to expect, so we get on it right away and go get the "thing" to auger out the line. For a mere $45 a year, we don't have toilet problems any more. Also, I don't flush those feminine things down the toilet. They only make it worse. We used to do maintenance for a small apartment building. We got called all hours of the day and night to unclog toilets. No one there knew how to use a plunger. How difficult can it be to learn??? Have they never had to unclog a toilet? Helpless.

FROM: Jessica
DATE: Sunday January 1, 2006 -- 8:32:49 pm
Dammit to hell! I clogged my toilet again (thanks to my new high fiber diet)and found this site. If nothing else, it provided comic relief. After reading , I tried the hot water thing and plunged like a mad woman. It worked! Thanks for the advice. I might try the dish soap if it happens again. What a way to start the new year!

FROM: jody
DATE: Sunday January 1, 2006 -- 8:46:52 pm
hey id like to say thanks for the tips i have treid everything and the first one worked i didnt even get it right the first time but i have uncloged the thing finally i mean that sucked and it stunk but its down for now thanks.

DATE: Monday January 2, 2006 -- 12:57:37 am
Help! Our downstaris toilet is gurgling and "burping up" and then water comes up in the shower a few feet away. Note: The upstairs shower and toilet are fine. We hear constant gurling noises throughout the night that sounds like someone is chugging 20 gallons of water at a shot! I tried flushing the toilet with buckets of water. It goes down ok (sometimes), but the gurgling and burping up of water into the shower still continues. What should I do?

DATE: Monday January 2, 2006 -- 8:53:30 am
My neighbor, who was taking care of our cats while we were away, switched our kitty litter to the clumping kind. The person who cleans our house each week didn't know that the clumps should not be flushed down the toilet. The toilet is clogged now to the point where it fills up close to the top and drains very slowly.

One of your commenters, rhoda rita [DATE: Thursday August 26, 2004 -- 7:11:02 pm] said

"I poured a half of a large bottle of Draino Gel into the toilet (says not to use in toilets...probably because they do not want it splashing on you) and let it sit for 12 hours. Then after I was sure the Draino was all gone I plunged it and it had loosened it enough that it moved the litter."

Is this a safe thing for me to try, and/or is there something else I should try first?

Thanks in advance, --Jay

FROM: phil
DATE: Wednesday January 4, 2006 -- 8:56:20 am
Even though it is a natural bodily function the is nothing quite like the momentary panic of blocking someone elses toilet, I will remember the advise from this day forward, and carry a bucket under my arm just in case!

DATE: Wednesday January 4, 2006 -- 9:19:43 pm
How can you dissolve a giant turd in the toilet so it will flush. There must be something from the kitchen, etc. that will bteak it up. My wife's is about the size of a pop can and takes all day to soften up enough to flush. HELP, Rod

FROM: Zaphod
DATE: Wednesday January 4, 2006 -- 10:14:30 pm
Thanks to this site, I also saved on a plumber bill.
Hot water bucket and auger.

FROM: Alex [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 5, 2006 -- 9:41:06 am
What that problems.(I would like that you have corrected problems with scripts. And some menus do not work! del to it of attention. Thanks!

FROM: Moici
DATE: Thursday January 5, 2006 -- 12:24:01 pm
Thanks for the laughs and the advice. Borrowed a toilet auger from my friend and finally fished out a pencil...thanks to the previous tenants children.

FROM: monica ellison
DATE: Friday January 6, 2006 -- 12:01:44 pm
well, my 2yr old is potty training and today he dicided to play with my bar of soap and i got there to late to get it from flushing down the toilet. now i have no idea of how to get it out. ive tried everthing. hot water included. any sugestions considering taking it apart lol but dont know if i could handle that mess today. normally we are able to retreve what he flushed down there and i had know idea he could still get in bathroom (childproofing is coming to an end) but i guess hes figured out the door. hmmm, its a soap that doesnt float so it should just be right there where i can reach in and try to get it right?! or could it have realy gotten flusehd further down?? grrr... i have no idea and dont have money to call professionals again..... lmao any sugesstions would be great. ways to disolve soap mabey .... hmmm. hes in time out now grrr..

FROM: Justin
DATE: Saturday January 7, 2006 -- 5:27:05 pm

FROM: Anne
DATE: Saturday January 7, 2006 -- 9:53:26 pm
Thank you so much!!! My kid plugged the toilet with a giant turd and tons of toilet paper and didn't tell me about it! I found a stink coming from their bathroom and after trying to plunge it unsuccessfully, I flushed it. This overflowed the water and pieces of poop all over the bathroom. Not wanting to call the ex-husband, I googled and found your suggestions. Five buckets of hot water worked wonders! Thanks again! I am washing the toys in the dishwasher, the towels in the washing machine and getting ready to mop the floor with bleach! Yuck.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Monday January 9, 2006 -- 12:43:47 am
Hope you can help. I have a toilet downstairs in basement and upstairs. Both toilets were not flushing. I finally got the upstairs toilet flushing but it is just raising the downstairs toilet and filling it full of poo. When i plunge the downstairs toilet all that happens is that poo and brown water come out from under the toilet on the floor. I'm afraid it is something serious like my sewer tank or something. Do you have any suggestions. If so I am dying to know. Thanks.

DATE: Monday January 9, 2006 -- 8:56:15 am
I cross my fingers as I say this, but so far, so good!! My commode, like many of yours, has been stopping up repeatedly, for years, even with little to nothing in-
side the bowl. Even using a "snake," it's been like nothing more than a temporary solution.

I had tried the "bucket of water" trick before, but with poor results. However, that info, which I found on other web sites, just said to pour water into the bowl and not "warm or hot" water. After reading about that trick here, my commode stopped up again, about 10 seconds later. I had a stubborn clog and poured in hot water, with the hope of loosening it up initially but it completely unclogged it!! But I continued pouring in lots of extra HOT water, once the clog was unstopped. Its been a few days already and it's working fine!!! Heck, I was ready to buy a new crapper altogether. But I read this first and figured I'd try it before taking the plunge. (No, not into the toilet bowl! :-) Thanks sooo much!!

FROM: Stuck with High Water
DATE: Monday January 9, 2006 -- 9:26:46 pm
I've been plunging for hours. What do I do if the water level is almost to the rim? Will the hot water pour do the trick still?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday January 9, 2006 -- 11:19:43 pm
Nope. Water level needs to be very low to use the hot water trick.

FROM: Stuck with High Water
DATE: Tuesday January 10, 2006 -- 12:41:24 am
after a good amount of plunging I had no real luck. I went away for a few hours and noticed the water level had subsided about half way down the bowl. So, I tried the hot water trick, but now the water level is back up by the rim and even though I'm plunging again there is no luck in getting the toliet to unclog or the water level to subside back down to where it was. The house owner is coming back tomorrow, so if anyone can help I urgently need some. Thanks.

FROM: I*heart*Ryan
DATE: Wednesday January 11, 2006 -- 12:15:41 pm
Ryan, You have saved my marriage!
I swear if my husband left me ONE more "present" in the morning, I was going to leave him! Sooooo helpless. How does one get through life without learning to plunge?
This was a doosey though, and I thought I would be forced to call my landlord *again* I read the dishwashing liquid somewhere and thought I'd give that a shot first. SWEEETTTT!!!! It totally worked!
Now I'm just glad I have a litany of tips to use. And thanks for the tutorial on effective plunging,,,I've been doing it all wrong!

FROM: Tampons Should be OUTLAWED!!
DATE: Friday January 13, 2006 -- 5:50:20 pm
Dude's Thanks for the advice. I had a partial Clog which was not allowing the toilet to fully flush, caused by my wife flushing a F***ing Tampon, Someone needs to warn the World about these things they are a hazard. I tried plunging without success I was about to go get a Snake when I read your 3 steps above and the bucket trick worked fantastic. Thank You I was not looking forward to snaking the thing, I've had to do that once before and its not a pleasurable experience especially depending on whats in the toilet to begin with.

FROM: Steven
DATE: Saturday January 14, 2006 -- 3:03:46 pm
Hi everyone. My family just moved into a new house about 5 months ago. The house is great, but the people who lived in here before us installed those dumb low flow water conservation toilets. I rarely clogged the crapper at our old house, but here I clog the toilet almost every freakin' time. My dad gets frustrated because he always has to unclog it.

One clog was so bad our old plunger broke. I felt so bad that I went online and found out that the plungers with force cups are the best avaliable. Of course he didn't get one of those, he got one similar to the one we had before. He's talking about replacing one of 'em with a regular toilet. After reading all these stories I dom't feel so bad. They are hilarious.

FROM: Clogged Up
DATE: Sunday January 15, 2006 -- 1:16:23 am
A half a bottle of Palmolive Dish Liquid...
A half a can of Draino...
Some Clorox toilet bowl cleaner...
and a lot of vigorous plunging (felt like a horny 14 year old boy)
FINALLY-- 2hours later-- one unclogged toilet!
Your site is funny as hell, but helpful!

FROM: Wheezer
DATE: Sunday January 15, 2006 -- 3:12:19 am
Aha! I had never had a clogged toilet in my latest place (1930s plumbing), over two years, and had not been sentimental enough over my old plunger to bring it with when I moved. I did make the mistake today of leaving a houseguest alone for a bit, though.

The upshot is twofold: First, the hot-water treatment only seemed to exacerbate the problem from slow to no drainage. Second, I'm stunned that nobody has brought up chapter 9 of Richard Farina's "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me" hitherto.

DATE: Monday January 16, 2006 -- 6:15:42 pm

Sorry everybody! this isn't a clogged toilet story...I was wondering if you could help me figure out why my toilet bubbles when our large bath tub
is draining? I'm sure there is no leak in my plumbing so what could be causing this??? By the way...just to fit in with the theme heres a funny one.
when my sister was little she took her shi@ out of the toilet and mashed it all through the baby sitters heat radiator....GROSS


FROM: Mary
DATE: Tuesday January 17, 2006 -- 3:41:23 pm
I have the same problem. Does anybody have an answer?

FROM: salena
DATE: Tuesday January 17, 2006 -- 9:00:25 pm
shiity day---ive plundged till i have blisters--poured bucket of hot water after bucket---fu--- it!my boyfriend is out of town-the neighbor who is a plumer was supposed to be here 7 hours ago---every time i plunge this shit hole water fills up in tub---- landlord out of town------found this site ive last my ass off almost shit my pants!ive called plumbers-85.00 the first 30 min-then 45 the next---call one good plumber and he said it was my septic tank 400.00 for a sump pump thank god the landlord came here he will fix it tomarrow-then ill be in doodie heaven hope every get there shit fixed!oh yeah my boyfriend said it was my fault for flushing tampax-so im glad it was not my fault! shitting outside in florda,salena

FROM: shere & kim
DATE: Friday January 20, 2006 -- 9:51:29 pm
here is our story ,i came back from school and my sister kim had clogged the toilet, with like a whole roll of toilet in order not to have any problems with our mom we had to unclog the toliet our selves.we took 5 hrs. we didnt even have the plunger so we went to the store and bought one. that was hopeless , we actually got to the point of uncloging it with chopsticks.we finally went on the internet and foud you .
the water thing did the trick,we were saved and my mom never knew it was cloged in the first place

FROM: ali
DATE: Sunday January 22, 2006 -- 7:33:52 am
thanks to this website i havent laughed so much for years and i only read about 20 posts.

Darling daughter clogged the loo again last night with too much paper, i tried the bucket trick and that didnt work for me, alas. I have no money so cant afford plumber again, he charged me 42 last time he unblocked it .

the water was up to the brim so i tried siphoning it out with the aqaurium cleaner, not so effective as it is with the aqaurium and neither am I after a few gobfuls of toilet bowl water!!!!!!!

We gathered curved branches last night to stick down the bowl and try to gouge the paper out, no luck.

Today i have had to resort to sticking my hand in the bowl (couldnt afford rubber gloves either) and pull out paper and plunge my fingers into sticky poo. Yum!!!

The bathroom stinks like a septic tank and wouldnt look out of place in a horror movie, but hopefully i can clean it out in the next hour or so.

Thanks for the laughs

FROM: ali
DATE: Sunday January 22, 2006 -- 7:44:46 am
P.S. I am gonna set up my own toilet unblocking business following your advice and charge less than the plumber

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FROM: Tired of peeing in the shower. . .
DATE: Tuesday January 24, 2006 -- 3:30:28 pm
Yesterday I came home from work to find that my long distance boyfriend ended a fight by having the last word. He totally clogged my toilet before he went home. So all afternoon, I have been plunging his disgusting, brick red poo (what a strange color for poo. I would call him up and tell him to have it checked out if I wasn't so mad at him). I have one of those ball plungers that is, supposedly, the best out there. All it does is build up pressure and spew vile poo all over the bathroom. Dish soap has not worked. Hot water has not worked. A bent coat hanger has not worked. Yuck!!!! This would be so much easier if it were my poo.

I want to call that a-hole up and tell him that he is paying for a plumber, (because I don't have the money for one). I feel like I should try other things, but I am afraid of causing damage. Drano sounds like a bad idea, but some people on here have used it. What about pulling off as much water as possible and then pouring in mineral oil. It helps people who are constipated. . .Has anyone tried that?

FROM: Billy
DATE: Monday January 30, 2006 -- 6:11:22 pm
Well i figured the best way to not get your toliet clogged is to take yourself out in the woods and have a little fun. Just tell your wife...or in my case your mother....that your going to "scout" deer or gone hunting!

FROM: dukeyqueen
DATE: Monday January 30, 2006 -- 9:45:26 pm
what is it with 17 year old boys?!!!! My teenage brother (younger) was in my mothers bathroom forever. After about 45 minutes, I can hear four letter words and the wall becoming a punching bag. I knew he'd dropped a bomb. Another hour went by before he had to come ask his big sis for help. I went in only to find that it was as he named it "a pineapple sized shit". ( I wont be having pineapple for a while now)and the bowl was still flowing over. So I had to show him how to shut the water off.(sad isnt it?)After staring at the bowl I decided to save his ass and go online looking for some extra help. The stories are hilarious! Im a little surprised at how many gals are ridding the world of female objects via porcilian express: For Shame!!!!!!!! big no no.Any way, little bro is still removing water from the toilet and practicing his plunging skills. we're going to keep trying the water trick (even if it kills him) but Im a little worried about the soap bubbles.

FROM: Anon
DATE: Friday February 3, 2006 -- 8:01:15 am
THANKYOU! You have saved me with the bucket tip! :-) Great advice!

elaine chen
DATE: Saturday February 4, 2006 -- 5:21:12 am
one night when the moon was full i ate pizza with my girlfriends. the next thing u noe i had to take a big fat shit. i felt kind of embarassed so i went into the downstairs restroom, as i dropped my bombs (atomic bombs) i had already started, as i noticed there was toilet paper already inside. The bombs couldn't stopped as it bombed pearl harbor like no other. as i was taking a shit it reminded me that my history homework was due tomorrow. as i tried to plunge to toilet, i started thinking about my history homework. i was thinking of every bomb dropped on pearl harbor. As i tried to get up and get out of there as soon as possible my girlfriends wonder what i was doing taking approximately 2 hours... i had forgotten the door was unlocked when they walked in and saaw a massaive atomic bomb as they screamed "OHHHH MOTHERLAND!!!" i ran out with my pants half=way off knocking everything down into the toilet. They called me the next day and demanded me to fix the toilet i had bombed into pieces. SO now i need your help please help me god please i can never show my face again people look at me at school (sunrise) i am only in 8th grade and i am starting to lose my friends please i need your help. this has not ony been the first time.

FROM: Jesse
DATE: Saturday February 4, 2006 -- 9:02:53 pm
So I took a gimongous shit today (a real trophy) and as I was washing my hands, I sensed that something was wrong. Sure enough, the water in the toilet was right up to the rim so I yanked off the top of the tank and pressed down the stopper to prevent overflow. Since then (maybe 5 hours ago) I've been going back and forth from the bathroom to the computer. The plunger didn't work so I was looking for advice online (My girlfriend found this hilarious...). Nothing worked, not the warm water trick or the hours of plunging. Then I noticed a gurgling noise as I was plunging, coming from my parents' bathroom which is ajacent to the one I was in. I went in there and the toilet was plugged - WTF? Well my parents came home and I told them what happened and my dad went out to the back yard, grabbed a three-prong digger and yanked something out of the ground. All kinds of sh*t and toilet paper started bubbling out. And now the toilets work. Hurray!

FROM: Michelle
DATE: Monday February 6, 2006 -- 2:13:39 am
I can't thank you enough for your suggestion on how to unplug our toilet.
However with ours it took one little kick to send it over the edge, about 2 cups of epsom salt. Your bucket idea was working don't get me wrong, but it wasn't working totally right ,so I had my husband put the epsom salt in and do your trick one more time and BINGO we had a winner and now the toilet is running so much better we can't thank you enoughh!!!!

Saved in Wisconsin

FROM: George Demma
DATE: Monday February 6, 2006 -- 7:13:40 am
My 2 year old grandson dropped a round bar of soap down the tolet. The snake scratch the tolet but did not clear the clog. Will the hot water thing work?

FROM: neil
DATE: Monday February 6, 2006 -- 3:49:07 pm
bought a second hand house ,two toilets 1st and 2nd floor and both flush very slowly .Any suggestions.

FROM: George Demma
DATE: Tuesday February 7, 2006 -- 12:20:44 pm
The hot water worked. It took about 7 or 8 buckets but it finally came unclogged. Thanks a million.

FROM: Kelsey
DATE: Tuesday February 7, 2006 -- 11:07:39 pm
I can't believe only one other person has mentioned the "courtesy flush"! My family has been using this since I was knee high to a grasshopper. This is the act of flushing either half way through, or poo flush wipe flush. The trick is to flush as the poo goes down the hole - gives it a little momentum. We started this when my grandpa moved in with us. I was probably in grade 4 or so. (I am married now, with man/toilet problems of my own!!) He left the hugest coilers ever - we eventually built him his own outhouse outside.
We started using the water trick about grade 7 - a hotel ran out of plungers, and gave us a bucket. We didn't know about the warm water, but it worked anyways.
My parents house has horrible plumbing - one poop and the whole place floods. But amazingly, I managed to flush my car keys and remote starter down the toilet with no problems - zip! it was gone. ($500 down "the drain") These keys were pretty heavy. (Note: always take anything out of your pockets prior to using the toilet - I even remove my rings!)
Now this morning, my husband tells me not to use the toilet. He kind of plugged it up. We don't have a plunger. Planned on getting one before coming home. Forgot the plunger. As he is wrapping towels around the toilet and using my plastic spoons to try to dislodge the "clog" he suggests finding something online. I can't believe I forgot about the water!! It worked after a few reps (used hot) and YES! fluuush!
This has been the best site to ever come across! My favorite has been the "steamy bowl of poop soup" - never laughed so hard in my life!

FROM: norah
DATE: Wednesday February 8, 2006 -- 7:46:41 am
my toilet was clogged,too much tp i think (first time it has ever clogged/been a problem) and after a few falied attempts,i tried hot still did the same thing..rose to the very top of the toilet. so i walked away trying to think of something else,i come back and theres literally NO water in it anymore! what the hell does this mean? i turned it off (i think) and now i'm scared to do anything else. help!

FROM: Jake Martens
DATE: Friday February 10, 2006 -- 4:15:33 pm
I believe one of the most horrifying sights in the world is watching as your toilet bowl rises faster than a cat can lick its own ass and you freeze in horror for a few seconds before scurrying to shut the water off. Just a thought........the crapper has been clogged a few times in the past year and I came across this sight for tips on fixing the problem, thanks for the stories.

DATE: Saturday February 11, 2006 -- 4:25:56 am
Hell Yeah, Step 3 For the Win!

FROM: Roger T.
DATE: Saturday February 11, 2006 -- 4:53:45 am
** FIFTH Year Anniversary of The Daily Ping's
"How to Unplug a Toilet" on April 17th **

Party at -MY- Toilet!!

FROM: Mark
DATE: Saturday February 11, 2006 -- 10:21:22 am
I own a house that I rent out and every few months I get a call from the tenant that their upstairs toilet is causing sewage to back up in the bath tub. I plunged and plunged, poured drain cleaner into the tub, tried suctioning out the plug with a shop vac and the water just wouldn't move. I tried running a snake down the vent pipe of the tub but it wouldn't make the bends. The problem has obviously been recurring since before I bought the house because when I opened a panel in the hall closet behind the tub, the vent pipe had been cut and now had a rubber joiner with hose clamps keeping it together. I loosened the clamps and slid the joiner down, put the snake down and viola!! the clog is gone.

My question is why is this continually recurring? Is it a defect in the plumbing that allows it to clog this way easily? Are my tenants flushing things that don't belong in a toilet down? When I was plunging the toilet, more sewage came up the toilet before I found the solution.

My guess is that there is something like a child's toy stuck in the drain that the snake can't dislodge and after a while crap gets stuck on it until it forms a clog and I have to come back to fix it.

Any tips for me on how to prevent it from coming back?


FROM: Tired of peeing in the shower
DATE: Sunday February 12, 2006 -- 2:12:32 pm
Yes, I'm back. After my boyfriend plugged up the toilet with his alien-like brick red dump, I finally got things flowing after trying soap, hot water, soap, plunging, and more soap. After the last bit of soap, I flushed just for fun, and it flowed. I never tried the castor oil, but I was getting pretty close to doing that.

I am back because the crapper is clogged again. And this time it was not my boyfriend's fault. . . One of my hippie girlfriends gave me some colon "help" tablets because she thinks my hair is brittle because my intestines are clogged with meat (Ever see that episode of King of the Hill?) Anyways, I clogged it up, but the thing is, the poo went down, and the toilet looked and sounded totally normal, but it was only mimicking an unclogged tiolet because the next time I tee teed and flushed, the water was a-rising. But at least it was clear water.

Anyways, tried plunging, tried epsom salts (WTF-I think it made it worse), tried pouring water, and soap. Dammit. I never thought I would be a return visitor to this forum. Will keep you all posted on my progress.

FROM: Clayton
DATE: Thursday February 16, 2006 -- 8:28:01 pm
Hi, I have a three and two year old that i beleive shoved a bar of soap down the toilet. I have tried plunger, hot water, and snake. nothing seems to work. is there any other solotions other then taking to toilet apart

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DATE: Friday February 17, 2006 -- 1:35:27 pm
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DATE: Friday February 17, 2006 -- 1:37:04 pm
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FROM: Jocelyn
DATE: Saturday February 18, 2006 -- 12:07:05 am
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DATE: Saturday February 18, 2006 -- 8:27:03 pm
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DATE: Saturday February 18, 2006 -- 11:41:31 pm
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DATE: Sunday February 19, 2006 -- 1:03:50 am
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DATE: Sunday February 19, 2006 -- 1:17:51 am
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FROM: Maria
DATE: Sunday February 19, 2006 -- 1:33:42 pm
My toilet will not flush. Sometimes the water will go down but whatever is in there wont go down. I broke two plungers trying to get the shit to go down. Thew water rises and goes down biut it doesn't make the gurgling noise. After flushing the turds and other things are still there. Please Help.

FROM: Geremy [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday February 19, 2006 -- 7:34:57 pm
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FROM: Arsebreaker [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 23, 2006 -- 6:00:34 am
I'm 21, live alone and clogged the toilet where I rent. So my dad said to bend a pegola hook to the same angle as the toilet drain. Don't get it too long because you need to go down then up like a V motion and you don't get much space to work in. I was shit scared the shit would fling into my face because I had to put some tension on the stem of the stick so I could bend it and move the hook up the hole. Also mask your lower face with a cotton shirt, it filters out the smell really well, protective eyewear, a raincoat and boots, because working with shit is like working with dangerous chemicals. A flexible but strong pegola hook is highly recommended. The water was mirky but praise the Lord the hook didn't slip and fling shitty water in my face. It took about 5 minutes to hook onto something then easily pulled and it all went down. Three paper towels clogged it. Next time I run out of TP and kleenex tissues I'll use soap instead. Two days using public toilets (the dunnies downunder are real shit holes) sometimes like midnight and 4AM is just a nightmare.

FROM: Caroline
DATE: Saturday February 25, 2006 -- 3:17:59 pm
For the LOVE! I've never laughed so hard in my life! You almost made me pee a little, which is BAD b/c my friggin toiled is clogged! I'm a single, fabulous girl in her 20's w/ no maintenance guy, so I'm sitting here freaking out about the whole "let's dump hot H20 from waist level and pray to God that shit doesn't splash on the ceiling" thing...but here goes...I'll give you an update in about 3 minutes...

FROM: Caroline
DATE: Saturday February 25, 2006 -- 3:28:49 pm

Wow, ok, so I tried that water thing, and then flushed, and this nasty brown water came RIGHTUP to the rim, but praise the Lord, it didn't overflow. I don't even know how to pronounce auger, so I got a pants hanger, took the little cardboard part off, and shoved the end of it in the murky bayou water. I shoved it down the hole, and came up with nasty chipmunks. I shrieked and just put them back in the bowl. WTF did we eat??? Now I'm just waiting for the water to go down again, and I really don't know what I'm gonna do. Help me kill the chipmunks, I beg you.

FROM: Caroline
DATE: Saturday February 25, 2006 -- 9:25:55 pm
YAY!!! I put dishwashing soap in there (didn't measure tablespoons like other people, just squirted for a good 3-5 seconds) and left it for about 4 hours while I went to the gym (had to work off the angst). Came back after buying a plunger and nearly was aghast b/c the water had gone down and there were remnants of dead ground up chipmunks all over the bowl. NAS-TY. So I got the big yellow dish gloves out, went in there, and plunged a bit. Then I got the coathanger again and scraped around a bit (found a half-turd, but it was soft...signs of early defeat!). Didn't want to flush just yet, so I put some bleach in there (don't go crazy...this stuff could kill you, not to mention its combined powers w/ the poop fumes). THEN, I got the hot water in the bucket thing going, and gave a MUAAAHAHAHAHA! as I dumped it in from from OVER my friggin head. The shit hit the fan literally and ceiling and walls and me, but lo and behold, when I flushed, everything was BEAUTIFUL. I wiped my brow, gave a delighed EUREKA! and sanitized my entire bathroom. I probably can't go in there for about an hour while the fumes clear, but everything is WHITE...not a spot of brown in sight! It's so pretty, I'm afraid I'll go constipated for fear of never wanting to poop again!

FROM: becky
DATE: Wednesday March 1, 2006 -- 7:30:16 pm
Hi...while my toilet was flushing a wash cloth fell in & went down. I've tried plunging, and the bucket trick. The toilet has been functioning before the plunging & bucket of water. My concern is what will happen if i can't get the wash cloth out. Thank you. Help.

FROM: toilet hugger
DATE: Saturday March 4, 2006 -- 12:26:26 am
yo do alll of u know that this thread's been alive for 5 years?!?!?!
like for real... people been sharing their shitty stories literally for 5 years and this thread is still alive!! hahahahha recockulous!

but on a serious note, i ended up here the same way everyone else did with the huge shit problems.....

FROM: Swallow [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 6, 2006 -- 10:13:41 pm
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FROM: Swallow [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 6, 2006 -- 10:32:44 pm
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DATE: Thursday March 9, 2006 -- 7:41:30 am
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DATE: Thursday March 9, 2006 -- 7:52:47 am
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FROM: Help!
DATE: Friday March 10, 2006 -- 7:04:32 am
Okay, so here's the story my little girl flushed a full bar of soap down the toilet... I've tried all the above steps except a snake angler, well because it's 2 am and no one's open wiht a snake angler...

Any other ideas?

FROM: phew
DATE: Friday March 10, 2006 -- 10:44:15 am
I accidentally flushed several paper towels--and the dish soap/bucket combo worked!!! thanks for the tip...

FROM: Donie
DATE: Saturday March 11, 2006 -- 3:45:53 am
I just tried the plunger with scalding hot water but also an incredible amount of dishwashing liquid-worked like a charm. I guess this time it was'nt a GI Joe because I don't think I could have melted it, but the water was very hot. Thanks for all the ideas that brought the triple threat together. Good luck in all future endeavors!

FROM: Karen
DATE: Saturday March 11, 2006 -- 10:42:40 am
Folks...I live in a 50 year old apartment building and am very kind to my pipes (don't flush stuff that's not biodegradible) and have never really had a problem until this morning. Lots of gurgling and then all of a sudden some black/brown stuff coming up in the toilet and tub!!! The plumber guy is here now and he has removed the whole toilet. Yikes! Is this normal to remove the whole toilet?? The apt. below me (much to my dismay) is an actual hair you think this is the root cause???

FROM: Karen
DATE: Saturday March 11, 2006 -- 2:23:36 pm
Nevermind...the plumber left and actually did a good job. i just freaked out a little. but in reviewing my original posting, i noticed that was a clever (accidental) you think the hair salon is the root cause. ha ha ha.

FROM: Karen
DATE: Saturday March 11, 2006 -- 3:10:49 pm more thing...i apologize for misspelling biodegradable. we now return to your regularly scheduled programming...

FROM: Cheryl
DATE: Sunday March 12, 2006 -- 11:16:08 am
When my toilet clogged this morning I thought it was going to be a horrible, very bad day. But this site has made it fun learning about a very crappy subject. I haven't laughed this hard in years. And yes, I want to thank everybody, my toilet is running free and happy thanks to the soap and water trick. I will remember that one as I have a 15 year old who thinks that going #2 is a weekly event and can not be dissuaded from that point of veiw. Thanks again for making a bad situation so enjoyable.

FROM: Jonson [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday March 12, 2006 -- 12:41:30 pm
Hello. You have got a very good site, and I liked the design.

DATE: Sunday March 12, 2006 -- 4:11:12 pm
I accidently confused this site with the one about how to bath a cat. We've had to change Fluffy's name to Shadow...what do you recommend about the odor? BTW, the toilet is still clogged.

FROM: Bobby [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 13, 2006 -- 9:27:36 pm
I just had a bad one to fix. As a plumber I get to fix toilets more often than I would like. Well this one kept getting stopped up after I would plunge it. I snaked upline, using a machine, and that didn't help. Finally I had to remove the bowl, and use the K60 machine to scrape the toilet bend. Finally got it cleaned, and flowing freely. It seemed that the 40 year old cast iron pipes had lumps and bumps that were holding paper.

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 7:30:05 am
Wilford Brimley clogged my toilet after washing down sausages and sour kraut with a prune smoothie.

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 7:30:28 am
I replaced my flapper with a flux capacitor. I now have 1.21 Jigawatts of flushing power.

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 7:30:47 am
Since mounting the toilet on the ceiling, I have had no clogs.

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 7:31:04 am
Wonder Twin powers activate!

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 7:31:20 am
After "snaking" my toilet, it burns when I pee.

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 7:31:35 am
gigidy gigidy gigidy gigidy alllllllright!

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 7:31:55 am
If you think it is hard to clog a toilet, talk to me after eating 3 breakfast burritos.

DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 6:04:28 pm
Grandpa says his depends aren't so dependable.

FROM: hot soapy water mama
DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 6:26:06 pm
The Problem:
hubby sank a "russian submarine" (his words) down the toilet.

The Procedure:
plunge with old plunger - no result;
buy new plunger; employ - no result;
pray on bended knees; idea to turn on hot water in sink comes into mind - no result (yet);
search internet - find recommendation and instructions on toilet auger;
buy new toilet auger and employ per instructions - no result;
search internet again and find "daily ping"; read blogs on clogs including ones about using hot water (THAT'S where that idea on hot water was headed);
go to bed;
in the morning, pour warm water from bucket 1/4 full into toilet - no result;
pour second bucket warm water into toilet - no result:
pour third bucket HOT water into toilet - something is happening;
repeat over and over with hotter and hotter water in larger and larger amounts - arrive at 75% functioning of toilet (this prayer appears to be working);
repeat several more times (I am determined my faith will not be in vain); reach an impasse - no further progress at 75% functioning;
return to "daily ping"; reread use of dish soap;
pour two tbsp dish soap into bucket of hot water and pour into toilet - something is happening, maybe...
pour one more gallon of hot water (no extra soap) into toilet - VICTORY!!!
say thank you prayer for success and having been saved $100 I didn't have for a plumber.

The Cure:
bucket 1/2 full of hot tap water with 2 tbsp diluted dish soap poured into hole.

The Hint:
know how to control the flow of water from your tank; I did not have any mess except for some droplet of water when I poured the buckets into the bowl.

Thanks everybody! I'll go find my hubby; I think he is watching "The Hunt for Red October."

FROM: Distressed Incessant Clogger
DATE: Thursday March 16, 2006 -- 12:20:57 am
Okay I love this forum, it seemed really helpful for clogs. I tried the soap and the hot water to no avail yet. It's been 33 minutes. I need more advice from people who live in apartments. I'm on the 3rd floor, I am visiting someone and I actually live in a house. I'm still optimistic though, waiting and waiting. Just as a warning, I've read that boiling hot water can crack porcelain. oops. Also, why is pouring from the shoulder or the waist better than just pouring water in?

DATE: Thursday March 16, 2006 -- 7:30:20 am
You don't buy corn chowder, you rent it.

FROM: odysseus
DATE: Sunday March 19, 2006 -- 8:35:56 am
yes another thankful reader -- my final victory was to poke the plunger handle through a plastic kitchen bag & put down the seat to hold the bag in place. without worry of getting drenched i was finally able to get those final, effective plunges in without having to call in help (especially funny with all those soap bubbles!!)

FROM: stephanie
DATE: Sunday March 19, 2006 -- 3:18:54 pm
My turn! My only toilet managed to clog up right before I had to leave for work yesterday afternoon, so I only had enough time to get pissed off and just left it to deal with later. After a rough night at work (making sure to use the bathroom there before I left!), one of the last things I wanted to do was deal with a clogged-up toilet, but I didn't have much choice! (I'm an apartment dweller, and of course the office is closed Sundays.) I used my accordion-style plunger, which worked in the past, for a while with no luck. Came online and got a few tips (dishwashing soap, baking soda & vinegar), neither of which worked. Found this site, tried the bucket of hot water several times, no dice. Plunged some more until my arms were about to fall off. Around 5am I called it quits, figuring I'd hit Home Depot today to buy the type of plunger with the rubber cup. And HALLELUJAH, that's all I needed! After a few plunges, the water level went down a little, and it went down even more after a few more plunges, so I crossed my fingers and pushed down the handle...the sound of water being flushed down the drain was music to my ears! I've flushed it a few times since then, just because I can! Woo-hoo!

FROM: Hale Hot Water
DATE: Tuesday March 21, 2006 -- 8:52:53 pm onlt 13 but I indeed have toliet problems.My brothers friend takes this HUGE crap in my toliet....I mean HUGE....okay soo that dident affect me but then the smell was so bad that I vomited into the toliet....not knowing it would overflow...I decided to flush it my toliet starts to overflow....ok no big deal ill get the plunger...plunger does not I call for my brother to help me...he sees the shit AND vomit all over the place and he starts running around my house screaming "Oh my F*ckin' God!!!!" and sometimes he would say...."Michelle WHAT the F*ck did you do" the basement...WOW! We just redid our basement its sooo awesome.....And now it's awesome and flooded....If I put my swim suit on and went down stairs I could have a grand time swimming in vomit/shit water. I am not concerned about how much trouble im going to get in..... I am more conserned about my brothers friend because who ever can make a shit that big has serious medical issues.

DATE: Wednesday March 22, 2006 -- 6:13:17 pm
My girlfriend accidently dropped a hairclip into the toilet and flushed it. Now the toilet it clogged and we tried the methods of using the plunger and snake. Still clogged. We rather not spend hundreds of dollars to get a plumber. Do you have any suggestions? Please help!!!

FROM: tish
DATE: Thursday March 23, 2006 -- 1:40:31 am
yeah what is up with these toliet bowls. are they made to be clogged.

FROM: molly
DATE: Thursday March 30, 2006 -- 5:07:59 am
help me cats stuck in me toilet tried hot water adn soap can get it to move

FROM: [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday April 1, 2006 -- 2:48:57 pm
Seems like you've helped a million other with this advice - now it's a million and one! My bride and I were so frustrated with a nasty clog that we were about ready to call a plumber, but decided to give it one more try, jumped online and did a search, found your advice and figured, "hey... I have nothing to lose." THANK YOU! You just saved us about a hundred bucks - and about a hundred trips to the basement toilet which we've been using the last twelve hours. --Darren Marlar,

FROM: Anon
DATE: Sunday April 2, 2006 -- 6:32:53 pm
Ah man, I took a really hefty shit this morning, and as soon as I flushed, the water level started rising!

Luckily it stopped before it overflowed but its now just stuck like that.

I left if for a few hours, and the level went down quite a lot so I flushed it again, hoping things would be ok but again, the level started rising again.

I finally had no choice but to don a pair of rubber gloves and put my hand it.

I removed all the toilet paper, and tried to "squeeze" the turd droppings so they would go down smoother.

No luck!

It seems the blockage is further down somewhere. I tried running the bath and sink and no luck. I have now just put loads of dishawasher salt down there, so I have a whitish/brown swirl of shit and soap in my toilet now.

I reallly really hope it just goes away.

I am living in short term accommodation right now, and calling the plumber is going to be sooo embarrasing because its a real mess in there...


FROM: jamesice
DATE: Tuesday April 4, 2006 -- 1:15:31 pm
My bowl was clogged this morning, luckily it did not overflow. I tried using the plunger to unlog it for about 45 minutes or so but nothing happens. I did some research on the internet on how to unclog toilet and i came upon this side. I've never heard of the warm water bucket method and decided to try my luck.
First warm water bucket, nothing happens. Infact the smell got worse, its smells like boiling turd or maybe turd soup if there's such a soup. I almost vomitted and my eyes was watery. Anyway, i have not given up yet. I waited till the water level in the bowl drops down again and poured my second bucket. This time I decided to use the pluger at the same time also. I pushed the pluger slowly until it sealed the hole and then i pulled hard to unclog it. After maybe about 5-6 times the water level just drops suddenly. At that moment i knew i did it. But i wanted to make sure and so i poured in my 3rd bucket mixing some dish detergent in it. The bowl seems to be working fine now. I did not want to crack my bowl therefore i waited a while for the ceramic bowl to cool down before i flush down using the normal system cold water.
I thanked God that it's working perfectly fine now. I was so happy that i immediately ran to my computer to post my experience here...hehe. Anyway, for those of you who's got the same problem. Just keep trying and good luck!! The warm water technique really works!

FROM: xogml
DATE: Wednesday April 5, 2006 -- 6:45:56 am
As usual I flushed while taking the dump to reduce the smell, but only this time those little bastards managed to get themselves stuck! So I had to beat the rising shit pool and quickly finish my business. Thank God it just stopped short of the rim.

As disgusted as I was at the horror and the stench, I had to get down to business. I waited until the water dropped by about half then out of sheer stupidity tried to flush again, only to find this time they went overboard.

To cut a long story short, I nearly suffocated to death with the boiling water and made no progress with the snake except fishing for the remains of toilet paper. I finally found a plunge and thanks to the technique posted somewhere above, I managed to flush the remains of those little bastards for good.

The price for this? One hour of my precious time and a flooded bathroom which happens to somewhat resemble the local sewage treatment plant both visually and olfactorally. What a truely shitty day!

FROM: ennay
DATE: Thursday April 6, 2006 -- 1:24:27 am
OK, I have a question,

We have 3 toilets in the house, 1 down and 2 up, and 2 of them work fine, but the master bath (up) clogs EVERY time I take a dump. EVERY freaking time. It plunges away pretty easily, but having to plunge each time I forget to go to another bathroom SUCKS. Especially if I poo when I am in a rush to do something else and flush without paying attention and come home hours later to a stopped up john.

Anyway, WHY does this toilet get stopped up when none of the others do, and can anything be done to FIX the problem?

FROM: stumpy
DATE: Thursday April 6, 2006 -- 8:59:27 pm
My dad came to visit for a week and used 1 1/2 huge rolls of the blue Charmin EVERY DAY. My poor toilet didn't have a chance.

Our toilet apparently is the Cadillac of low flow toilets because it never clogs but I couldn't get the water to budge. After a day of struggling, my plan was to call a plumber in the morning. I read this feed, tried the warm water trick (it took 4 tries) and it worked like a charm.

Thanks so much! My checkbook is grateful.

FROM: I Wanna Kill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DATE: Thursday April 6, 2006 -- 9:00:37 pm
Its after 9 pm, do you know your toilet's clogged?
I f***ing hate my toilets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Every f***ing time i go i end up plunging, no matter what i do. Today one of them stank like (rotten/"stale") cat-litter. So ,naturally, i went to use the other only to find out that it was horribly- horribly and hoplessly clogged. When I flushed some mystery mixture bubbled up and all over the place.
It looked like a mix of strange dead bugs, mud and grass clumps, pine-needles, and (possiably even) clumps of ashes. To make things worse, i have septic tank problems; and the dry-well some-how got backed up with "food" (?????) that looks like cheerios. Then I found (while plunging) that the toilet was loose; daaaamn it alllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Can't afford drano, so-far nothing has worked. I just wanna throw a grenade down the damn thing :( !!!!! I hate my luck!!!!!!! gotta get back to work now, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa; die toilet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FROM: Thankful
DATE: Friday April 7, 2006 -- 2:39:06 am
Warm Water Works!

I've used bucketfuls of water before but this time, it didn't seem to work. Lived with a clogged toilet for a week! looking in occasionally and trying desperately to unclog it with a toilet blown cleaner brush. Was sure I would have to call in a plumber to fix it.

So today, I approached Google again, hoping for some solution and found this site. Since I had used water, I didn't have much hope with the warm water suggestion but I tried it anyway and it worked!!!

Thank you!!

FROM: rachel
DATE: Friday April 7, 2006 -- 7:43:07 pm
My wouldnt BELIEVE what large horrors can come out of a 12 year mom and dad just got a new toilet.Its one of those crummy plastic ones that clogs once a month.It also clogs if the crap is as big as well my sister's or u use over three friggen squares.So we have this rule ever since the thing came into our house:you clog it you plunge it.WELL today it was not my sister who 'upset' the was lucky ME.So now since we have no plunger im gonna try this...hopefully it will work.

FROM: rachel
DATE: Friday April 7, 2006 -- 8:32:46 pm
im gonna keep trying....darned thing THE TOILET FROM HELL

FROM: rachel
DATE: Friday April 7, 2006 -- 8:35:26 pm

FROM: Toilet saviour
DATE: Saturday April 8, 2006 -- 1:10:31 am
Just yesterday our toilet got clogged with mostly TP and of course (its partner in crime) turd/poop/poo/dung/whatever you wish to call it.... and it didn't even get clogged further down the pipe where it hides from view, but it was just resting at the bottom of the comod. I tried flushing 4 times and nothing made it better...water level just rose to the brim. If i had puked into the toilet it was sure to have overflowed.
Anyways i searched around the net and found this site and took the advice of using squirts grease-cutting detergent (I used a slightly thicked cream-based one) and then pouring hot tap water. I left it to settle, and when the water level sank to its normal level, I flushed. I repeated this around 3-4 times and voila! On the 5th the crap soup got sucked down the toilet and clean water as far as the eye could see. I cried with joy. Not really.
So remember, by the laws of physics, hot water will help dislodge and disintegrate TP. And wear a facemask to block the smell, but just don't puke into your mask.

FROM: rachel
DATE: Saturday April 8, 2006 -- 5:37:05 pm
i found the plunger!!!!

FROM: porcelin goddess
DATE: Sunday April 9, 2006 -- 4:46:35 pm
PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO TRY THE HOT WATER IT SAVED MY LIFE TODAY. I own a pulnger but it was not working like it usually does, I went out to the home depot and got one of those heavy duty black ones with the little lip on the bottom and it did not work. After spending most of my sunday plunging I looked up this website and tried pouring a bucket of hot water down the toliet since the water level was low, it took about 4 tries but it Worked!
Thank you so much, the last thing I wanted to do was have my landlord over to fix it and give him any clues that my boyfriend is living with me (he's not on the lease and my landlord's wife thinks it's a sin for people that are not married to live together YIKES) Thank you so much you are a genius!

FROM: Gabs
DATE: Monday April 10, 2006 -- 3:56:20 pm
This site is hilarious. I just found it today. My toilet clogged on Sunday. I plunged and tried the auger thingy, but it didn't seem to work, probably user error and neither option worked. I flooded my bathroom not once but twice boy was I having a crappy day. Needless to say that every towel in my house needed to be cleaned.

I'm going to try the warm water trick as I've never heard of that before. I hope and pray this works because I don't want to call a plummer.

I will keep all posted on the outcome.

FROM: Mike
DATE: Tuesday April 11, 2006 -- 12:13:03 am
THANK GOD for the warm water trick :)

FROM: james whelpley
DATE: Wednesday April 12, 2006 -- 1:13:15 pm
two new Kohler Cimarron disability elongated and high seat toilets installed as plumber recommended for excellent flushing, particularly large discharges, say 4 to 5 inches by say1-1/2 diameter didn't just clog, it acted as if to interrupt the entire flushing mechanism; stopped it cold and bubbled in the bowl. Second flush no better, no flush, water up to brim; waited an hour with water down and flushed again; no success; had to break up the feces and use a plunger; finally plunger cleared whatever had entered the outlet to stop flush from working and bowl water cleared with remaining discharges clearing the obstruction and evacuating the toilet pipe system. This happened about four times so switched to second new Cimarron toilet to see if it was ok. Nope, same behavior, exactly--flushing action stopped dead in tracks, would not work properly. So had to repeat the same process as with other new toilet and finally got it cleared with plunging.

Somehow, this simply should not happen with a high end Kohler toilet. Something is missing in the engineering of this model that does not permit it to handle discharges of some size, not yet determined exactly, which stop the flusing process in its tracks.

Home Depot offers no remedy whatsoever. Kohler, believe this or not, has no service rep in the San Francisco area to come examine the settings, even though done by a professional licensed plumber with 40 years experience. They have no such rep, period. Part of the American corporate cost cutting or saving where a new toilet exchange is offerred free of charge, however, will see whether they will reimburse for labor charges that will exceed the total cost of the high end toilet. How's that for a product's, not to mention corporate, reputation?

Will try the hot water soap suggestion but it is clearly a temporary help with clearing clogs and not one any person wishes to repeat and repeat. If the new Cimarron performs as badly as the two new ones I just had installed, will have to go to the flush assisted toilets--probably Togo.

Would appreciate any experiences others have had with Kohler Cimarron toilets. Thanks James Whelpley Walnut Creek California email

FROM: Honey, I clogged the crapper!
DATE: Thursday April 13, 2006 -- 4:19:42 am
Tonite I am working... it's 10 pm and decided I would take a dump in the downstairs bathroom. I just moved in with my roommate, and still am kind of shy when it comes to taking dumps while she's at home.
So i'm sitting at the crapper, looking around, not doing much and the thought of clogging the f*cking toilet went thru my mind... Tried to eliminate the thought, wiped, and... shit! The damn thing was clogged.
So I looked around the whole house trying not to wake her up (she took a sleeping pill, which helped me in the task) but didn't find a damn plunger.
I will not try to use hands on methods to reduce the size of the turd... especially when there's all those micro-turds floating around... so I flushed and flushed.... and flushed some more.

I tried the hot water method... the burning hot water coming out of the faucet that many times burnt my fingers would be put to test.

The stupid water didn't do more than clogging the damn thing even more. I suspect that the turd expanded with the hot water.

Now it's 1:18am and still waiting for the toilet to react. Will keep on pouring hot water until it's time to go to work or the home depot opens up. I will not have my roommate discover a floating turd in her toilet.


FROM: Lisa Lush
DATE: Saturday April 15, 2006 -- 8:09:51 am
Thanks for the tips and ideas! bought a plunger at Wilkinsons for 2 quid which worked and then used the warm water and hey presto it is all fixed!!! See, who needs men!!!! Us woman are capable of sorting things out!!!

FROM: dee
DATE: Tuesday April 18, 2006 -- 6:59:23 pm
Wow!!!! I'm a believer!!! (Not sure in what--toilet gods? Ping? Desperate internet searches?)

Nothing else worked. Bucket of hot water from standing height poured straight in---ca-chooooosh--down it went--bingo!! Unbelievable....Thank you, thank you, thank you.

FROM: lyndsey
DATE: Wednesday April 19, 2006 -- 6:32:06 am
hey! thanks so much for your tips, just saved me from much cost and embarresment, you saved my mother in laws toilet! (shes on holiday and we are babysitting the house)

thanks again (it was the hot water down the loo that did the trick, lol)

FROM: Ferahtsu
DATE: Wednesday April 19, 2006 -- 11:46:24 pm
I SERIOUSLY need help with the clog in my toilet. A few days ago, one morning, I relieved myself of my feces and flushed, but didnt check to see if it all went down and left the house for the day. When i came home I learned that the toilet was clogged and now its up to me to fix that. Turns out my feces ended up making a barrier at the bottom, what's worse is that someone else took a dump on top of that. I tried using a coat hanger but didn't have much luck, and if i were to use a plunger I would have to throw it away after the job is done. What should i do? By the way the odor is starting to seep under the door. HELP ME!!!

FROM: dumbstruck
DATE: Thursday April 20, 2006 -- 12:07:28 am
I spent an hour and a half reading this page earlier, looking for a solution to an unpleasant problem (can you guess what?). I was about to print it out but print preview said 106 pages.

I had been using the auger, which worked awesome the other two times we had clogs. But this time it was going all the way in, unobstructed, and when flushed the toilet still filled to the top and drained slowly til empty. I was stumped, I'd already called a plumber or two to get quotes. They f*cking charge $50 just to show up at your place and give you an actual quote.

Then I spotted this hot water trick. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is, I told myself. But all these people are testifying to its magical powers. I swear I was just as ready to believe that this Ryan was some total nutter who'd been posting his own praises under invented personas, once a day on average for the last five years.

But of course I had to try it, nothing to lose (cept the $5.99 a nice bucket from Target cost me), everything to gain. I hurried home, praying for a miracle the whole way. Even if it didn't work, I could face my bitchy roommate who decided to blame the whole problem on me, knowing that a bunch of random funny people on the internet had had it much worse.

Entered the loo, held my breath, flushed the nasty stuff that'd been sitting there for several days, let out a huge sigh of relief as the bowl didn't overflow, and went off to give it time to drain out all the way.

Returned soon, saw that the bowl was empty but with lots of gross new spots everywhere. One more flush to clear some of that, and I'd get going with the hot water stuff.

But I never even got that bucket to a faucet. The toilet flushed, an unmistakably clean and proper and thorough flush. I guess I got my potty miracle, even better than the one-hot-water-bucket best case scenario I'd been hoping for.

Hopefully there's some good lavatory kharma in this post, and to anyone who's reading it: may your toilet inexplicably unclog itself the next time you threaten it with a bucket.

DATE: Saturday April 22, 2006 -- 10:44:36 am
I can't thank you enough for taking the time to enlighten us all. My hands were raw from plunging so much before I went to bed to what seemed to be no avail. When I awoke this morn and most of the water had gone down I figured there was hope, so I plunged a little more, then flushed. Only to have the damn bowl fill up again. So I immediately ran to the computer to google how to fix a clogged toilet. I mixed the genious of two sites. First I let it sit for about 10-15 minutes to see if some of the water would go down on its own. Very little went, but some did go out slowly. Then I put about 4 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap and about half cup of bleach. Wait about 15 minutes then plunge a little and you will be happy to see that things are moving along very well. To top it off, because your problem is basically fixed at that point, pour a bucket of warm water down and watch it flush itself. HOTDAMN!!! I was skeptical of the dishsoap trick because I figured it could get to be a sudsy mess, but it worked like a charm and the bucket of warm water sealed the deal. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

FROM: Brenda
DATE: Monday April 24, 2006 -- 12:42:55 am
We moved into a new apartment and have had mega problems with the John. We bought one of those Toiletta things on the internet which we found listed here on your site. That thing really works great. I a got one for my Mom. We like your site.

We are haveing trouble with our stove. The big burner works only when we have a big pot on it? Have any Idea what it could be.

Joe and Brenda

FROM: Princess
DATE: Sunday April 30, 2006 -- 5:49:51 pm
Hey you guys!

Hmm...I can honestly say that after living in my apartment for over 3 years now, I have only had my toilet clog about two times. I don't remember the first time, but the last time it clogged because I had some major diarrhea and apparently, I just didn't flush enough while cleaning up. I don't generally flush the toilet more than once because I never really found it necessary. I totally trust my toilet. And if my bathroom was located on the first floor of my home, I'd probably flush lots of things down there, including food scraps and things like that...since I do not have a garbage disposal.

Does anyone here regularly flush food down the toilet? How does your toilet take it?

FROM: Jane
DATE: Wednesday May 3, 2006 -- 10:27:03 am
Question. Could the holes under the rim have 'anything' to do with toilets that won't flush?????

FROM: Kathi
DATE: Saturday May 6, 2006 -- 5:14:17 pm
Using 2 tablespoons of liquid soap does the trick, also.

FROM: abbey
DATE: Sunday May 7, 2006 -- 2:56:23 pm
i'd like to comment on your floating candles in the toilet. that's really stupid for two reasons: 1)when somebody went pee they'd go all over the candles. 2) you'd flush them down the toilet unless you're one of those nasty people who don't flush.

FROM: ek
DATE: Sunday May 7, 2006 -- 11:31:28 pm
After an hour and a half of plunging and snaking, I read your advice and poured a few buckets of water down. It worked like magic.

FROM: Monk
DATE: Monday May 8, 2006 -- 4:14:55 pm
...i'd got into an unfortunate 'shituation' whereby i had to try and time my 'movements' so as i could use the facilities at work, due to my water closet being out of action (inconvenient on the weekend) - but thanks to this excellent site i can now lay cable at will, the bucket of hot water trick seeing off the lingering brown resident in my u-bend with ease! Thanks from the bottom of my, er, bottom!!

DATE: Tuesday May 9, 2006 -- 9:20:16 am

FROM: Jessie
DATE: Friday May 12, 2006 -- 5:12:24 am
Thank you so much! Your tip on filling the toilet directly with water from waist height worked perfectly when nothing else did. THANKS!

FROM: Big Jummy
DATE: Monday May 15, 2006 -- 6:38:43 pm
OK, I did a dumb thing. I've used a paper shredder for months now. Flushed it, no problem. But this last time, I got a little too aggressive and started kind of pushing more of the stuff down as it was flushing.

Oops. Yeah. OK. My fiance told me not to, but I did. So, Uh, I'm in a high-rise apartment building, and it seems the toilet, sink and tub are all plugged. (Kitchen seems to work OK so i think it's just the pipe to the main drain in the hall). Having trouble with the snake.

Would liquid plumber help me? Or do I need to get out of dodge?

FROM: Princess
DATE: Tuesday May 16, 2006 -- 5:08:45 pm
Big Jummy,

Are you saying that you flushed your papers down the toilet instead of using your paper shredder? Whew!

FROM: j-lip
DATE: Tuesday May 16, 2006 -- 6:57:50 pm
Why does my clogged toilet slowly drain, and then keep draining to a lower than normal level? I don't understand. The water is turned on. Shouldn't a clogged toilet drain slowly to its normal level?

FROM: biff
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2006 -- 9:05:14 am
the bucket of warm water worked well on my toilet from hell... nice..
oh and by the way.. stay away from the blue stuff...yeeesh..

FROM: rebecca
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2006 -- 8:54:55 pm
I am up to my eyeballs in crap. cant flush the damn thing. have no idea what is in there. it has been blocked for about a week. cant find a plunger to fit my bowl and have no cash to buy a snake thing. i need advice. please help me

DATE: Sunday May 21, 2006 -- 8:16:49 pm
yeah, potty training is good, but man it can make for some fun encounters of the clogged variety when little boys try to be big boys and do it themselves....

Anyway, after plunging for a few hours, I tried a bucket of hot water while plunging, 2 buckets later she's flushing great. Never woulda thought of that myself, thanks

DATE: Sunday May 21, 2006 -- 9:38:16 pm
That person with the 18 meatballs just cracked me up - almost made me forget about my own problems! Our toilet was bubbling and gurgling today. No one had used the facilities recently, it just came out of nowhere. The water drained out of both toilets. More gurgles. Then, tried flushing - everything is working again, but I'm worried about the future. The thought of it bubbling while I'm on it is unsettling.
Our plumbing lines meet with the neighbor's near the street, then drain into the city sewer line. I've witnessed him out there several times over the last two weeks, trying to clear his line. Is it my problem? Should I call the city for the sewer?
thanks for any advice you may have

FROM: Shawn
DATE: Wednesday May 24, 2006 -- 5:40:32 am
HELPPPPP!!! It's 4am and my toilet is completely colgged with something. The toiled bowl is full of water my sister had the bright idea of flushing it which mde more water come and now it's everywhere. I tried the warm water thing which only made it worse. I need to get some sleep I've been at this for 2 hours.

FROM: Darth Wayne
DATE: Thursday May 25, 2006 -- 5:55:25 pm
A man dressed as a lobster in West Virginia has had the hiccups for 32 years.

FROM: Baron von Rasche
DATE: Thursday May 25, 2006 -- 5:58:30 pm
How would one go about rescuing a box of toothpicks that were accidentally flushed down a toilet?

FROM: Kevin Federline
DATE: Thursday May 25, 2006 -- 6:00:35 pm
Having re-occuring dream where a naked Star Jones and Oprah are serving me pancakes from a giant toilet. Can anyone recommend medication that could alliviate this problem? Please advise.

FROM: Ricky Voicemail
DATE: Thursday May 25, 2006 -- 6:02:38 pm
Does anyone know if Nerf makes a brand of toilet that's suited for both indoor and outdoor usage? I have the Nerf Filing Cabinet, and am thrilled with the results!

FROM: Pepe
DATE: Friday May 26, 2006 -- 12:54:21 pm
I have just unclogged the toilet, the last solution worked fine. Now I know what to do next time: bucket - hot water - target the hole - poor from high above. I should be thanking you, but I won't - unless you tell me what is the trick with the hot water :). This way you may also save me from further clogging it - just for the sake of experimenting :)).

FROM: mom gone insane
DATE: Tuesday May 30, 2006 -- 12:35:15 am
i'll be damned if my son wasn't playing with a bouncy ball in the shower and it bounced out and into the toilet where he proceeded to flush it after he got out of the shower thinking i wouldn't notice a ball that is at least 2 inches in diameter. I fat arm can't get down far enough to feel the ball, but my sons can and he said there's no give on anyside. it won't push further down, it won't pull back up. it won't even wiggle side to side. i got all the water out of the toilet, now all thats left is the shit that he took to cover up his unwitty mishap. i've done the snake, the hotwater, the soap, the i think i'm going to have to take apart the damn toilet. do i HAVE to replace the wax ring even if it seems in good condition? or would i be screwing myself in the long run??

FROM: Mr. Wiffle
DATE: Wednesday May 31, 2006 -- 10:48:26 pm
I've chipped a tooth on my toilet seat for the third time in as many days. Which type of scotch tape should I use to re-attach them to my gums?

DATE: Thursday June 1, 2006 -- 10:26:48 pm
Thanks for the excellent bucket trick. Plunger was useless but the bucket trick fixed our dodgey toilet! You've saved us some crazy plumbers fees!!!

FROM: anne-lloyd
DATE: Monday June 5, 2006 -- 11:38:38 am
i recently moved in with my fiance and his cat. i decided to take control of the litter box, ditching the clay litter (stinky) for the fresh step scoopable (tolerable). it's been a while since i've cat-sit and i thought litter was designed to be flushed? this stuff wasn't. in fact it's designed to clump when mixed with water: duh.

after a few clumps down i tried flushing. a few gurgles, then nothing. i tried plunging, which was messy but not fruitful. i tried everything recommended on this site (hot water from above, epsom salt, palmolive, etc: more gurgles but no movement.

finally i remembered that regular coke had worked on my bathtub drain a few years back. i got two cold cokes from the fridge and emptied them in the toilet. voila! after 45 minutes of panic, i am so thankful i won't have to explain this to the co-op board.

FROM: jess
DATE: Monday June 5, 2006 -- 5:46:14 pm
This morning I pooped the biggest poop I have ever pooped, and just as I was about to flush I noticed that there was a big glob of used TP and no water in the toilet...I spent a minute debating whether or not I should flush it, as it appeared to be clogged or getting ready to clog. But I couldn't just leave this huge poo in the toilet, so I decided to flush. Of course, the toilet nearly overflowed. After a few unsucessful plunging attempts, I left it alone for a while, then found this website. A couple of hours later the water had gone down so I decided to try plunging it again. The warm water bucket and plunge/flush method definitely worked for me. Then I cleaned up the mess I made, and ended up cleaning the entire bathroom, including scrubbing the caulking in between the tiles on the shower - no joke. I guess clogging the toilet ended up being pretty beneficial for me, or at least my 7 other housemates, who can now enjoy a spotless bathroom and working toilet. Thanks for the sound advice!

FROM: michelle
DATE: Monday June 5, 2006 -- 9:05:49 pm
Hot water all the way i will use this for the rest of my life thank you and thank the wonderful internet!!!!!!!!!

DATE: Tuesday June 6, 2006 -- 9:26:25 pm
Hot water worked! It worked! I didn't even plunge. Just poured the hot water. Yea!

FROM: alvi
DATE: Friday June 9, 2006 -- 1:00:46 am
TRY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go to your local hardware store and buy a drain cleaner made of +95% SULPHURIC ACID , it only costs about 8 bucks, fish out all the shit inside and pour it in when the water level is at its lowest. The will water boil so becarful. It best to take out all the shit and scoup out as much water as possible before pouring the acid in. Now wait for a few hours and pray :D

You might need to use to plunger a few more times just so that things go more smoothly.

FROM: Dwight
DATE: Saturday June 10, 2006 -- 7:35:01 pm
Okay, I've plunged for hours. Then used the auger. Then I tried the dish soap. Then I tried the buckets of water. I don't think a chunk of C4 explosive will help at this point. Any other remedies other than buying a new house or calling a plumber anyone can suggest?

FROM: Ashley
DATE: Monday June 12, 2006 -- 3:38:07 am
Ok. I am only 14, and I am the only one up and I would be in really big trouble if I woke my parents up... they have to get up for work in three hours. Anyway, I am not sure what to do! We have no plunger, and one of my brilliant siblings clogged the toilet before going to sleep, so here I am at 12:30 at night having to go to the bathroom, and having not a clue what to do with the whole toilet issue. I kinda tried the water thing, cause that is obviously my only choice, but after I flushed the toilet to see if the job had been done, the water level is now EXTREMELY high since I dumped the water in it. If you have ANY way to help me out, I would be eternally grateful!

FROM: hatty
DATE: Monday June 12, 2006 -- 10:38:43 am
I have had a right good laugh at all the toilet blokage exploits everyone seams to have had. My friend who is staying with me Laura G went to the loo and all i can say is that it must have been the biggest turd a girl has rver done!!(not yesterday evening but the one before) because the water is still at the top!!!
Going to try all your handy tips. Thanks x

FROM: James K. Polk
DATE: Monday June 12, 2006 -- 6:59:13 pm
It's been scientifically proven that, amongst Baptists, candy cigarettes are just as harmful as real cigarettes.

FROM: Morrissey
DATE: Monday June 12, 2006 -- 7:00:45 pm
In the late 1920s, the Periodic Table of the Elements briefly included Peprika and hair conditioner.

FROM: Roddy Piper
DATE: Monday June 12, 2006 -- 7:01:38 pm
Regardless of ho wmany toilets are in their home... in Denmark, it is illegal for two members of the same family to own the same shirt.

FROM: Quincy
DATE: Monday June 12, 2006 -- 7:02:30 pm
It's a little known fact that the first material used in breast implants was cookie dough.

FROM: Dwayne Hussein
DATE: Monday June 12, 2006 -- 7:04:30 pm
My kid sister heard in her Home Economics class that a significant majority of birthday wishes involve lesbians.

FROM: Les Nesman
DATE: Tuesday June 13, 2006 -- 6:33:46 am
Radio industry researchers have found that office productivity in toilet factories actually doubles on Two for Tuesdays.

FROM: Frank Stallone
DATE: Tuesday June 13, 2006 -- 8:24:58 pm
Supporting what the plumbing industry has told us for many years, 39% of the average American income is actually spent on candied yams.

FROM: Abe Simpson
DATE: Tuesday June 13, 2006 -- 8:26:37 pm
After Bingo, the second most popular recreational activity at Senior Centers is Indian leg wrestling.

DATE: Thursday June 15, 2006 -- 12:27:20 am
Wow....great site and thanks to all the advice.

I'm at a hotel this month and the toilet was clogged for two whole days. Nothing obviously clogging the toilet (I almost always "triple flush"), but yet it would fill to the top with water without flushing and then go down (way down) so there was very little water left in the bowl.

Well, I wasn't about to talk to the hotel staff and managed to flood the bathroom once by flushing too much... so I found this site. I did the water thing twice and the second time put some laundry detergent and made sure the water was hot. I didn't have access to a plunger or auger, so this was my first thought. I didn't think the water worked, but then I saw the bit about the wire hanger. Sure enough, it finally worked. Thanks for this awesome life knowledge. I wish I could say it won't happen again, but at least when it does... I'll be ready!

FROM: robmatic
DATE: Monday June 19, 2006 -- 2:36:48 am
I just spent my father's day weekend working on a clogged toilet and reading this thread. I guess that's what being a father is all about. ;)

Anyway, one thing I noticed here is that there are a lot of people asking questions, but not very many people answering. It would really be nice to hear from people who have posted here, with a followup describing how they solved their problem.

So here's my story and I hope it's helpful. One of our toilets starting draining very slowly, and wouldn't flush anything of substance. (Oh, yes, we have more than one toilet in the house, so the problem was not critical. My sympathies to those of you who do not have this luxury.) Anyway, I tried the plunger(s), with no luck. I tried the snake (yes, I own one, purchased a few clogs ago) but for the first time ever, it failed to work for me. Then I read this thread and tried the warm water, the hot water, the liquid soap, etc, etc. Nothing made any impression whatsoever on this clog.

After screwing around with the snake for quite a while, I realized that the auger wasn't actually going through to the drain pipe; I could hear it twisting in on itself inside the porcelain, and with enough twisting, I could even see it wrapped up in itself! I came to the conclusion that it was meeting an immovable object, clearly something unnatural.

I was faced with the only remaining possibility. I had to unbolt the toilet from the floor and get at this clog from underneath. It actually wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. First, I shut off then water supply coming into the toilet, then I emptied the toilet as best I could and disconnected the water hose. Next I took out the bolts holding the tank to the toilet, and removed the tank and set it aside. Then took out the two bolts holding the toilet to the floor, and turned the toilet upside down to empty the remaining water into the gaping hole in the floor. Then with the help of a flashlight I could see what was going on- there was actually a bottle of some sort lodged in the toilet trap. It was just a little too long to make it all the way through, but just small enough to still let some water through, albeit with a severely restricted flow. A few minutes work with a wire hanger and the bottle was pushed out the way it came in and I was able to retrieve it. It was a little bottle of "Sun ripe pear bath and body gel." I think we can safely blame this one on the 12 year old stepdaughter, who will nevertheless deny it vehemently. ;)

I haven't put it all back together yet, but I've already got a new wax seal and I don't anticipate any complications with it tomorrow.

Executive summary: If your toilet is clogged with paper or something organic, then plungers, snakes, and hot water have a very good chance of solving the problem. If the clog is something really solid, then all of that stuff is going to be utterly useless and removing the toilet is the only option.

Hope this helps.

Rob G.

FROM: robmatic
DATE: Tuesday June 20, 2006 -- 2:10:41 am
Followup on yesterday's saga... I put the whole thing back together today, and it all went smoothly and quickly. I feel I have conquered the evil of toilets and they don't intimidate me any more. I urge you all to meet the evil head on and destroy it, then take a dump on its sorry head. ;) ;)


FROM: lee
DATE: Saturday June 24, 2006 -- 8:19:11 am
does draino or liquid plummer work in toilets?

FROM: Sangeeta
DATE: Sunday June 25, 2006 -- 1:53:30 pm
Our toilet clogged suddenly last week for no particular reason at all. We tried the plunger and the drano and nothing seemed to work. We were at homedepot and picked up this new product called 'Kleerdrain'. It actually has a high pressure carbon dioxide bullet which you load and pump into your bowl. It worked wonderfully.

FROM: Beth
DATE: Sunday June 25, 2006 -- 4:00:15 pm
This webpage has been so helpful, if only for the entertaining comments posted by other viewers. Not to laugh at anyone's misfortune, but you know how it's such a relief to know that other people have toilet problems, too. On this Sunday I relieved myself and was pleased to observe that I got away with using LESS toilet paper than usual without sacrificing hygiene. Of course, only now did the toilet clog. I live with my parents and brother, so my father decided he didn't want me to use a snake or any solvents, so my only option was to plunge the sonofagun, which wasn't working, even after hours of using two different plungers. My mother came home from errands and I finally caved and asked her for help or at least advice (my father is busy with another home improvement project), so she took a turn at plunging. By now I'd been at it for about three hours. Then she drafted my brother to take a turn, which he didn't appreciate but he helped, and then his girlfriend came into the bathroom to give advice. So the whole family was getting in on this when bro looked in the toilet tank, poked around, and concluded that the problem was probably with the flushing mechanism at this point, rather than a phantom clog. Well, I've had enough of that bathroom now and it's time to watch some NASCAR, so I closed up the toilet, cleaned the floor, put away the plungers, and walked away. I don't know if the inner workings of the tank decided to act up at the same time that I did that load, but I'm fed up with these toilets, which have been acting up for the last twenty-two years that my family has lived in this house. I hate plumbing! Though I refuse to live without it.

FROM: Kevin B
DATE: Thursday June 29, 2006 -- 1:26:08 pm
Hey! Hot water trick worked for me! Give it a go. It's a great fun way to spend some spare time even if you don't have a blocked toilet! Gonna make it part of my daily routine from now on. Thanks!

FROM: jenny
DATE: Friday June 30, 2006 -- 12:28:16 am
my toilet seems to clog regularly, but over an hour it goes down where there is no water in the bowl. i tried flushing it and again it filled up to top like it was going to overflow. ive tried plunging but doesnt work. any suggestions?

FROM: robmatic
DATE: Friday June 30, 2006 -- 4:24:36 pm

It sounds to me like you've got a partial clog, one that the plunger can't push through. Fortunately, the clog doesn't completely block the flow of water, so eventually your toilet drains. Try an auger (aka "snake") to try to root out the clog. If that doesn't work, then you may have to pull the toilet out like I did. (See the story I posted a few weeks ago.) I found a small bottle wedged in the toilet trap, partially blocking the flow. Did you accidentally drop anything "unnatural" into the toilet recently?


FROM: Bat Shaver
DATE: Sunday July 2, 2006 -- 3:45:49 am
The most frequently stolen book from public libraries? The Autobiography of Fran Tarkenton.

FROM: Cliff Burton
DATE: Sunday July 2, 2006 -- 3:46:55 am
Before the invention of the touch-tone phone, 900 Americans died each year in rotary dialing accidents.

FROM: Ernest Angeley
DATE: Sunday July 2, 2006 -- 3:48:50 am
Despite studying toilets at a very young age, the Dalai Lama spent his teenage years working at an Arby's near St. Louis.

FROM: Judge Wapner\'s Lotion Boy
DATE: Sunday July 2, 2006 -- 3:49:52 am
Every 12 seconds someone chokes to death on a piece of vanilla-covered gravel.

FROM: Dr. Ruth
DATE: Sunday July 2, 2006 -- 3:51:42 am
The invention that later became known as "Silly Putty" was originally intended as a contraceptive device, despite being publically banned in the Mormon church.

FROM: Girllie Unplugged
DATE: Sunday July 2, 2006 -- 5:31:42 pm
Oh, thank you, so so much. The sweet gurgling sound of a Royal Flush has made me dance the FlushaRoo !!. I succeeded gaining the flush by using an all at once method. As a unit it worked perfectly. I don't know which component was my saviour. I simply did everything you suggested and threw in a couple of hints from your fan club. My Poo-er is not one that ever flushes strongly so often poo has to be whacked into a few pieces to get them to go down. But this time it backed up stubbornly and evert time I flushed the clog became tighter. It took longer to drain with each flush and finally it stopped draining. I couldnt get my head around that idea so I flushed just once more, ending up with the following recipe: Use your blender add 1c lemonade and throw in a brownie. This recipe presents well when flooding over the edge of the porcelain bowl. BYO punch cups. Brownie Punch!
Do little shots of straight Pine Sol on the side.

First I used the auger about which I have no knowledge. I did it gently as not to scratch what I couldnt see in the PooSoop. There was one in the garage, perhaps attesting to previous experiences? It did nothing except later I found even in my gentleness it still scratched the Brownie Punch Serving Bowl. 

Heres what worked:!!!!:

1. Filled the bathtub about 1/3 full of seriously hot water.
2. Filled a 5 gal. bucket 1/3 full of hot tap-hot water (didnt wanna crack the porcelain so I didnt boil the water.
3. Using an M.T. ice cream container I dipped the PSoop into a large bucket for later disposal (fingers crossed.)
4. I quickly unplugged the hot bathtub and let it start to drain. One poster in this thread said she thought it might help create a suction..
5. Dumped the 1/3 full hot water bucket from waist height, purposefully, steadily and quickly, while at the same time flushing.
6. Immediately started plunging as soon as the bowl refilled!!! Its one of those big black accordion type from Wal-Mart. Looks like it doubles as a musical instrument in Star Wars Bar scene. It seemed to create a good suction and had a nice fit. Flushed again during plunging.
I heard flush wanna be noises in the Soop so I just kept playing my accordion (push in firmly pull out determinedly repeat) in my nice steamy hot bowl of PSoop with an occasional unchewed corn crouton. The fragrance given off by this steam allowed me further calorie control because I lost food I didnt even know Id eaten. I was smart enough to hurl this into a garbage can, instead of adding it to the Soop.

How sweet is the gurgle of a successfully flushing toilet? Its going to get me through Pine Sol-ling the brownie bits up from the floor, washing the walls without any reluctance. I am in such a good mood. La La La La La!! .

Girlie Girl Unplugged

Oh, can anyone help me with my porcelain scratches? This toilet will never help me sell the house. Please E-me or post ideas. It's pretty scratched anad Iwas soooo gentle!

DATE: Monday July 3, 2006 -- 12:16:18 am

DATE: Monday July 3, 2006 -- 12:19:20 am
ok, that last one was a test. get this: i clogged my toilet, but i didnt have a metal hanger. i just moved to the area and dont know where the hardware store is to buy a plunger. its night time on sunday, so even if i found the adress of a hardware store online, it would be closed. and even if it were open i wouldnt be able to drive there cuz i dont have car insurance. no hanger, no car insurance, no store, all the stores are closed, and no buckets for hot water and no bleach and no drano. how did i get it unclogged? i jammed a pen into the top of a Motrin bottle and taped it in there really good and then poked away at the stuff until holes were made and it flushed. MOTRIN AND A PEN WITH TAPE! and i put a plastic bag around my arm that did the jabbing, so i didnt even get wet!

FROM: anita [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday July 3, 2006 -- 8:28:04 am
i need help the toliet had been clogged up for 6 days cause my son dropped the case of floss in the toliet , we try put snake in it , it wont work what am i going to do i hate it to see it get clogged every time we get flushed the toliet still over flow pls help me

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Thank all things wonderful for this site! I've been working on my toilet all day, dreading making a phone call to my hottie landlord who's also plays handyman. Imagining the horrified look on his gorgeous face, I plunged and planged and plunged, the nightmare in my toilet splashing everwhere. Close to tears, I turned to my trusted friend google, and wound up here. Two buckets of hot water and Yay! I'm home free.

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DATE: Sunday July 9, 2006 -- 9:05:40 pm
warm water did the trick,cheap and ez.
Thanks for the guy who figured it :)

FROM: bee
DATE: Monday July 10, 2006 -- 1:11:46 pm
I have tried it all!! My toilet has that damn S shape, cant work the coat hanger down the curves. Anyone know why Drano and sorts say not to use on toilets? I really want to use it but not sure why not? Please post or email an answer if you have one.

FROM: Maxie
DATE: Tuesday July 11, 2006 -- 2:54:51 am
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! worked! Man, I thought I was going to have to call a $$ plumber $$!! It's a funny story actually, I wasn't suppose to eat these special pickles that my roommate's mom made (her mom was making a batch for me, but I couldn't wait) for her in a huge jar. Anyway, I snuck about 4 pieces in a bowl and just when I took my first bite my roommate came home so I ran to the bathroom with the bowl of pickles!
I panicked and stupidly dumped them in the toilet and flushed...DO NOT DO THIS FOLKS!...big mistake, of course IT got clogged! Luckily, my roommate just forgot something and left right away. *whew* So, for two hours, I was a nervous wreck and finally decided to look for any solutions on the computer, voila!...found this website, my toilet savior! My roommate will never know how evil I am!

DATE: Saturday July 22, 2006 -- 12:10:43 pm
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DATE: Saturday July 22, 2006 -- 1:25:35 pm
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FROM: Brian
DATE: Monday July 24, 2006 -- 10:57:17 am
My wife dropped a roll of toilet paper into the toilet just as the toilet was flushing. She got the roll of paper out but the roll holder thing that goes through the roll (made of wooden dowel) is now stuck in one of the bends of the toilet. I tried to fish/auger it out, used the reverse/up plunging technique, reached down from the opening in the tank, but nothing worked to get that thing out or cause it to flush down. When I use the reverse/up plunging, I can hear it rattling around. The toilet flushes OK, but the tank fills higher and drains more slowly than before the "incident". No one has pooped in the toilet because of overflow fear. Would flushing a long string or thin ribbon, while holding one end, cause the string/ribbon to wrap itself around the object so I could pull it out? Has anyone successfully done that?

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The warm water trick worked like a charm. I had worked on this clog for several hours. Had tried a plunger and then a snake many times. After finding your site on Google, I acutally dumped hot water from waist high and it cleared. I'm thrilled to know this great trick to solve a disgusting problem! Thanks!

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FROM: Jessica W.
DATE: Friday August 4, 2006 -- 4:30:14 pm
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FROM: Kerri
DATE: Sunday August 6, 2006 -- 11:52:30 am
I'm so sick of little boys, between the ages of 1 1/2 and 4, flushing non-flushable items. Every one of them has resulted in several expensive and extensive plumbing repairs.

Cole flushed a couple of raw sweet potatoes once. The plumber had to auger them back out and they'd swelled up to the size of freaking pineapples and started sprouting from being under water so long. I didn't know what was in there when we called the plumber, but he managed to get them out in peices. He also flushed a white teddy bear and a cloth diaper on different occasions.

Adam flushed hotwheels cars in both toilets on the same day (doing magic tricks, like now-you-see-it-now-you-don't) and the plumber couldn't do anything after spending a great deal of time so we actually had to REPLACE the toilets and it cost us about $300. Between saving up for it though, because we didn't have the money, we were getting ingenius in our attempts to go to the bathroom without actually using our bathrooms. We had just watched that stupid movie "Jackass" and I kept trying to talk my husband into going down the street to the hardware store where they had new toilets on display. If you've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about.

Now Noah dropped this pink toy phone a few days ago. He didn't actually even flush it, but it just kind of vanished. Then I tried to reach in, and so did he, but it was out of reach. Since then the toilet's been used lots and it's just getting worse and worse. I've done lots of online research and it looks like I'll have to take the toilet off and try to pick it out from underneath. I've done that before, but when it's off and I'm looking at a huge hole in the middle of the floor, it really freaks me out. There's something disturbing about an open sewer. I can't explain it.

I'm highly recommending this site to all I ever speak with about toilets. I've laughed myself sick, tears running down my face for hours. Anyway, it improved my mood. Now I'm off to break the sabbath and buy a toilet seal and an auger on the way home from church so I can tackle this.

Why, oh Why do children put things in toilets?


FROM: trav
DATE: Monday August 7, 2006 -- 5:17:38 pm
thanks... steps one and three did the trick... i'm definitely going to remember this the next time i face any of this trouble. you're the man

FROM: to kerri
DATE: Monday August 7, 2006 -- 6:13:00 pm
children put things in the toilet, because they can.

FROM: Kerri
DATE: Monday August 7, 2006 -- 7:54:23 pm
Just had to add that I did fix the toilet on my own. I am the toilet master! Took it up, poked around underneath until I found the pink phone toy. Yuck. I somehow didn't think it would be quite so filthy. Gross. And also a few marbles and some tampons still in the wrappers which the baby must also have done. Sheesh.

Anyway, I successfully replaced the seal and got it working again and it's not leaking or anything! Such victory. You don't realize how much you take a running toilet for granted. Course, it did overflow before I fixed it and ran down the heating vent into the basement ceiling, but it could have been worse.

But honestly, why are there such extreme curves in a toilet? And why are the pipes so narrow? It seems it should be an easier passage-way, to me.


FROM: Brenda
DATE: Friday August 11, 2006 -- 5:44:52 pm
I really couldn't believe the water trick, but after 3 hours... I gave it a try. It took 3 pours (I used a large container, not a bucket), but it WORKED!! I am so happy and thankful for this info!!

FROM: Dr. Spock
DATE: Saturday August 12, 2006 -- 8:20:03 am
Kids flush things downt he toilet because they hate you.

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DATE: Saturday August 12, 2006 -- 5:46:52 pm

DATE: Saturday August 12, 2006 -- 5:48:15 pm
woops, sorry. anyways i clogged the toilet and now im dumping bucket loads of hot water, my mom nearly beat the shit out of me when she found out. :(

FROM: melinda
DATE: Monday August 14, 2006 -- 2:03:10 pm
help plzzzzzzz what do i do for stoped up toilet when i let my bath water out it makes my toilet gurggle then the water come out from underneath my toilet and sometimes when i flush toilet it overflows and sometimes works perfact im gonna give the bucket of hot water a try im at my wits in god bless anyone who can help me

FROM: to melinda
DATE: Monday August 14, 2006 -- 10:11:33 pm
do you have a septic tank or a sewer system?

FROM: swirless is san diego
DATE: Sunday August 20, 2006 -- 12:57:58 pm
Plunged til my hand was raw

Augered in to the length of the auger

Poured in chemicals not made for toilet clogs

All was no match for the mighty clog.

Several buckets of hot tap water did nothing.

I boiled a huge pot of water, poured that in, a few plunges later the glorious sound of drainage returned.

Thanks for the tip!!!

FROM: RYAN please help Girlie Girl Unplugged
DATE: Sunday August 20, 2006 -- 6:30:51 pm
I enjoy the entertainment value of this site, but I unfortunately have to be serious a moment, because I really need an answer to this:

RYAN RYAN RYAN RYAN RYAN, I need the worlds best flushy expert! Help me, please.

Each time I have a largish poo, I have to plunge. Each & every time!!! (The plunging works great) but what a hassle. I always pray guests don't need to "go." So, Ryan, what does this mean to me? Should I susupect roots growing in my pipes out in the yard, or something like that?

Do toilets get old? Do I perhaps need a new toilet?

The toilet worked fine for 18 years and in the last 2 years it gets touchier and touchier. I see a tiny crack on the outside of the toilet from near the floor level extending about 13 inches long. (The crack is not visible on the outside) Could a fine crack on the outside make any difference? (Maybe I caused the crack using hot water chasers.)

Do toilets get old and become less effective? Or am I looking at an excavation out in the yard? Eeek,

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FROM: Erica
DATE: Tuesday August 22, 2006 -- 11:20:17 am
Hey!! We have had terrible problems. We put in a new fill line last night and pumped out our septic tank 3 weeks ago and still having the same problem. Yes, unfortunalty they both had to been done thanks to pine trees and there roots. After finishing the fill line, we thought that our problem was fixed, NOT!! The water comes out from under the toiled when you drain water from the bathtub. Any suggestions on fixing the problem?

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DATE: Tuesday August 22, 2006 -- 1:50:02 pm
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Jacs September 8, 2006, 11:42 pm

I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My hopes go out to all these people with clogged toilets. I really feel your pain. I have lived the past twenty nine years of my life completely oblivious to what a real problem plugged toilets in fact were. I am a MTPU (Massive Toilet Paper User) and have always been very careful when flushing to make serious attempts at not only a second but sometimes a third and fourth flusher. Whenever I have been in a real bind I have found that cutting a two litre bottle in half really did the trick. You can stick your thumb or finger in the top adjusting the flow of air in and out of the bowl. Also you can just throw it out. Today however my normal trick of just shoving the toilet brush in never worked. It did not get quite as serious as some of the posters on here but for me it was a very dangerous time in my life. I almost had two complete backlashes as I didn’t take the patience and re-flushed too swiftly. Nothing was getting through. I got out the plunger and beat this thing like a rabid dog that just ate my only child. In complete frustration and fear I googled. Where did I end up? That is right my friends, here. Thank God that it did not come down to snakes and other methods although they were ready to come into full operational effect at any point. I used the gentle method while listening to some classical to calm my nerves. I gently place it into the murky while. All the while the bubbles whispered hope that the water would succeed and a fresh flow of revitalizing aqua would spew from under the rim once more. I pressed its lips gently around the dark hole against the white of the porcelain. Gentle now. Push softly. NOW QUICKLY! PULL BACK ON HER LIKE ITS THE REINS OF A HORSE ABOUT TO HURDLE YOU OFF A CLIFF TO YOUR DEATH! Again and again I slowly began to pull massive wads of toilet paper once again coming to the light only to be slammed back down again as I triumphantly hammer down on the toilet handle releasing the final blow. For this I have thanks, for showing me the way. I will continue to spread the knowledge which I have learned for the benifit of all.

Kelly September 12, 2006, 12:46 am

My toilet had a stubborn clog and I decided to use the old method of just plunging. After about an hour of wasted effort, I decided to go on the internet for some advice. What I got was to use detergent and that finally got the toilet to unclog. What you have to do is squirt a couple of teaspoons of detergent and then flush. Let it sit for ten minutes, then flush again. That should do the trick, but if it doesn’t, repeat the process while adding a few plunges here and there. Good luck!

relieved September 12, 2006, 3:13 am

Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!
While my problem was not anything as awful as some posted here. The toilet would fill out, not overflow, and slowly empty. Hours of plunging and boiling water later I googled & found you. Correcting my technique for plunging & pouring the water in when toilet water level low & from waist height, finally cleared it up. You saved me an embarrassing phone call. Thank YOU!

stacy September 13, 2006, 12:52 am

HELP. My 3 year old just flushed her best friend – a 3 inch little baby bear!

He’s smaller than some poops so I’m wondering if he’s gone forever.

The toilet was clogged before we realized he was flushed. My husband used a plunger. Now the toilet flushes fine but no bear. Is there a chance he’s hung up some place … like how sink drains have a catch?

I don’t even want to use the toilet till we know if we can retrieve him.

michelle September 17, 2006, 2:14 pm

I ‘ve been noticing a bad smell in the downstairs bedroom closet so I finally ripped up the carpet and it looks like it had, at one time been wet. So I went to look at our sump pump and it smells like a sewer. I did some troubleshooting (per internet) and the motor isn’t working. Anyway If there is sewer waste in the sump pump I’m thinking the septic lines are backing up even though our toilets aren’t overflowing, although in August the septic tank alarm went off.
My husband is in mexico scuba diving (I can already hear the jokes) and I’m wondering if I should try and snake the downstairs toilet or is their some septic sewer lines outside I should be snaking? The downstairs toilet needs the handle to be held the entire flush and there is always a blackish residue that forms around the water line. But it seems like that is the way the toilet has always functioned.
Anyway any problem solving would be appreciated, it smells like high heaven in here, ohmaybe I should go shut off our gas fireplace while I’m thinking about it.

xeno September 18, 2006, 9:04 am

My son flushed a controller for his brothers’ racetrack. The wires were still sticking up out, but as I pulled on them, they snapped off. I am fortunate that the oldest brother can draw, and so he drew me a sort-of scale model of the device. It’s roughly the size of a… Twinkie, I guess. Plastic. What’s my best option, tearing up the toilet to see if I can get it, or calling Roto-Rooter?

Holly September 30, 2006, 5:24 am

I just found your site and I hope this works! A friend came by earlier with her boyfriend who use my toilet….well, apparently he had been rather stopped up for some time…it’s is disgustsing but it must be stopping up my toilet.

Where is a guy you need him? I have a plunger but didn’t know how to use it. I have been plunging away as though my life depends on it…but, I’ve just been going up and down with it really fast and I take it that is not the correct method!

Oh geez! I thought it was ok and flushed and now the water has almost overflowed. I’ll wait until it subsides and hopefully it will subside! Then I guess I’ll try the hot water method….sigh 🙁
Will post back about my results….

Holly September 30, 2006, 7:12 am

Ok, I feel really stupid! Typical girl, here! I didn’t read all of the directions clearly! WAAAH!! I poured in the hot water but didn’t flush at the same time. Now what do I do? Help, someone?

Kizzi October 4, 2006, 5:23 am

I have a comb stuck in my toilet! I knocked it off the vanity while the toilet was flushing and didn’t have enough time to grab it. :-\ Will a snake or step three still work even if the object causing the clog is solid?

Sandy October 6, 2006, 12:53 pm

Its 7am and my boyfriend clogged the toilet. I’m yelling at him from bed to use “bucket of hot water trick”, my mom taught me this solution years ago, my grandfather taught her.What does he waste time doing? Grabs a wire hanger turns it into a halfass snake and starts stabbing at the toilet. I yell at him to not wave it around and splash everything with the disgusting toilet paper stuck on the end of it. Of course the wire hanger, didnt work, tried the plunger again didn’t work. In desperation he screams he really needs to use the bathroom so he’s gonna crap in the backyard grabs a roll of toilet paper opens the back door and a possum on the deck makes him run back inside. Poor City boy. His final solution! Leave me with the mess and Go to his mom’s to crap! Great today is my Friday off and he leaves me here with a toilet full of his! crap! So I get on the internet because he is so sure hot water will not work and what do I find? *The pouring of the hot water bucket waist high while flushing tried and true solution* I have not looked in the toilet so hopefully the water has gone down just a little to get a good velocity goin with the water. I’m only 5’2 so I can only pick up the bucket so high. Here it goes..

Unbelievably Bored October 7, 2006, 3:05 am

I can NOT believe I sat here and read every post on this thread. I will now proceed to flush myself down the crapper and hope I go down without getting stuck.

chrome October 9, 2006, 5:59 pm

I don’t know if mine are coke-can sized, but they are large. And I know for a fact that, for me at least, “it’s the poo, stupid” not the toilet paper.

So I know from the moment I feel the twinge that trouble is on its way. My poo and one of these common “modern” toilets is a sure-fire recipe for chaos. “Gerber 1.6gpf” reads like the foreshadowing of smelly doom.

Lately the plunger is not helping much, so I’m considering things I can do *before* the turd falls to prevent this half a day’s hellish work.

One idea: bending backward and monitoring the work, grab large turd by the head as it emerges, “deliver” poo one-handed and then let *only half* fall into toilet. Using free hand (one hand is still holding half a turd), flush toilet and hope the half in there goes down. Drop the other half and repeat.

Second idea: Any “fellow traveler” out here has probably already spotted a potential weakness with the above scheme. The modern toilet can’t necessarily handle even half of a decent sized turd. So again, place hand under butt, *catch* the problem turd – always the first! – and use fingers to squish into a fine paste that even the most water-efficient modern toilet can handle. If need be, put hand in water and repeat for any pieces that might have “slipped by” uncaught. Once you’ve successfully flushed, Use clean toilet water as your “finger bowl” to clean off poo hand.

Third idea: because the hot water seems to help, try this: Bring a large casserole into the bathroom and poo the notorious first turd there. Remaining turds are usually not the problem, so put pan to one side and enjoy your remaining bathroom time. (TIP: Prevent relaxation-killing shocking odor coming from pan by covering with some water from bathtub.) When finished, bring casserole to kitchen and heat on stovetop. Act like you’re making stew with some hamburger that needs to be broken up. Don’t heat too much as you don’t want to crack the porcelain upon return to toilet. Emulsify the end product with corn starch – DON’T SPLASH! – and spoon out about 1/4 cup at a time into the mouth of the beast and pray that that modern miracle of progress swallows.

Fourth idea: OK, this may be the best one yet: Bring a teflon cooking spoon with you and flush toilet with scalding hot water *before* pooing and continue filling with hot water until water level is normal. After poo falls, make stew, stirring with a teflon cooking spoon (must protect the porcelain). Optional enhancement: use teflon spoon to catch first poo ala tips #1 and #2 and try to maneuver it to the side to ensure easy stirring/breaking/emulsifying.

A last idea is to say, to hell with it, only use the modern toilet for pee. The nearest well-forested place is starting to look mighty appealing… Or just go to the nearest gas station with one of those real “man’s” toilets with powerful sucking action.

Will post back with results as soon as I try some of these…

Kristoff October 12, 2006, 5:48 am

I recently moved from Europe to the State. I never ever had problems with flushing the toilets back in the old continent.
But here I have to tell you that my toilet was cleaned by the maintanance guy several times in a short period of time. I felt so bad to ask him to come over late night time after time.
His only advise was not to use that many toilet paper. I never used a lot.

I was surfing on the web for some good advise and found this site. I tried the soup trick along qith the hot water one. I became skeptic after the third trial, but it worked for the forth. It seems it is better than before.


Thomas Crapper October 16, 2006, 6:04 pm

One of the best sites that I have read. If you have women in your house tell them to NOT FLUSH TAMPONS… they swell up to the size of cars in your pipes. The hot water method did not work for me. One fifty later the plumbers snake came back with strings of tampons. Disgusting. Thanks for the site, informative and hillarious…

R Goldstein October 19, 2006, 1:44 am

I hadn’t read your postings yesterday when I had a massive toilet clog. I tried using the plunger without success. After reading all the drain cleaner labels had a caustion “do not use on toilets,” I has distraught. Then I saw a box of Rid-X.

Yes. This product is made for septic systems but my problem was the same on a smaller scale. I added some to my tank and plunged it again to feel like I was actively working on the problem.

I repeated the process of adding Rid-X and plunging every 10 minutes. On the fourth or fifth attempt I was completely successful.

I will continue to use Rid-X monthly because I think it may help clean the piping between my toilets and the sewer line.

relief at last October 24, 2006, 2:02 pm

Tried the snake, now the toilet is terribly scratched and looks like someone left skidmarks – any suggestions about covering those up? Was trying the bucket of water method, and the toilet went down enthusiastically with each bucketfull of water, but wouldn’t go down when flushed. After about 40 gallons of hot water later, I got a mirror and checked the little holes under the rim of the toilet (disgusting!) and 2 of the large ones were blocked with blue paste, which must have come from the blue block of disinfectant stuff my husband had put in the toilet a few weeks ago. I scraped out what I could with a screwdriver, then poured hot water into the tank of the toilet and flushed it through a couple times with no improvement, then took the shower sprayer and sprayed very hot water into the holes under the rim until most of the blue gunk was gone. Finally the flushing returned to full strength and we can now poo at home again, and not just at work or school. Is there any kind of paint I can use on the bowl to cover up the scratches?

relief at last October 24, 2006, 3:27 pm

I forgot to add this advice – my parents had to keep a stick from the back yard resting in a coffee can behind the toilet to break up the big turds my dad left behind. Some preventative chopping before flushing prevented clogging, a lesson learned the hard way….

Kate October 24, 2006, 9:43 pm

first and foremost, i love all your comments – it’s excellent reading while i wait for my maintenence guy to drop by and unclog my demon possessed toilet AGAIN. this is not my fault – first it was my girlfriend who likes to flush “feminine paper” and this unholy round of plugged-toilet-escapades is due to my loving little brother who left a little (or in this case, mammoth sized) doo-doo in my poor little toilet before racing off to go see his girlfriend.

i’ve plunged my little heart out (using the correct method i learned on this oddly entertaining site) and think that i might have solved the problem all on my onesie, however, my fear of trying to flush the thing again is only surpassed by my fear of what the plumber might unearth from my poor poor abused toilet.

thanks again!

J October 31, 2006, 7:59 pm

After plungering for hours I tried the hot water trick but took
it 1 step further. Boiling water. Did the trick. Those augers are

And now a word on preventative maintenance,
flush while you use your toliet so you don’t
get a clog in the first place!

Tired of Toilet Trouble November 2, 2006, 10:00 pm

A seldom used half bath toilet clogs up for no big reason. 🙂 While it is clogged, if water drains from the lavatory, the toilet gurgles. It has been plunged, augered with the five foot auger, and then they brought out the 80 or 100 foot auger. It drained, but then it ALWAYS seems to drain slowly after it has clogged. This morning I plunged, tried your buckets of warm water trick, and nothing worked – until slowly it drained. Could this be a venting problem? The sink drains fine. I can fill it full of water, pull the plug and it works great. If it is the vent, do I get on the roof and put a snake down from above?

Thanks for any help.

toilet tension November 3, 2006, 7:58 am

Wow. Our ancient plumbing is constantly a problem in the house and causes lots of tension between my housemates. That hot water trick is magical! Not only did it unclog the toilet with little to no work, my housemates are friends again! Many thanks!

minan November 6, 2006, 10:23 pm

I was cleaning the toilet with kitchen towel, since kitchen towel is stronger than any towel and absorb better. Guess what happened I drop the towel into my toilet bowl, to think that its only a towel, it flushed it (stupid, stupid …):(

I’d tried the plugger, the build up remover didn’t work out.. until i foound this blog, and tried liquid soap with boiling water, plunge it for about 25 times and it worked….. thank you guys for sharing ..

I was worried that i have to spend $100 for my clean-freak addict..
Thank GOD i don’t have to…

Pauline November 6, 2006, 11:53 pm

Home with the flu , drink plenty of fluids every says. Uh-huh and then, a clogged toilet. Do I want to call the landlord or a plumber or worse, my brothers? No Freaking Way. Imagine my surprise when I typed in clogged toilet and get this. I had been plunging, but I think operator error is in play here.

Got the bucket, filled it up a third of the way with hot water, poured it in, voila! Started to smell, which it hadn’t before, so I figured something was working. Flushed like a champ!

THIS is what the internet is all about! Okay, I have to go back to bed now, I have been up too long, but if I was better, I would KISS you!

Clog Crusader November 9, 2006, 3:42 am

I’ll be damned…I swear to the Good Lord that toilet clogs like I had today are like a festering Son of Satan! Needless to say, I had an honest, same ole, same ole, readin’ and relaxin’ trip to the throne after my day at the office…then, WAH LAH, it wasn’t so “same ole same ole” anymore! To make things worse (not sure what I’m going to do about this yet) I have a 50-yr-old home and the li’l old lady that lived here before me had a HVAC vent placed in the floor of the bathroom…and guess where part of that pee and poop went this afternoon? I’ve never grabbed towels (which are in the trash now of course) so fast in my life! I guess that’s for another day, eh?

Long, drawn out, called-the-plumber-to-be-here-tomorrow-morning-then-called-to-cancel story scaled down to short…*the hot bucket of water trick* indeed works (okay, it took 3 tries and a steaming hot almost 1 gallon 3rd bucket of water..but IT WORKED!)…I’m 37 yrs old and will remember this hopefully when I’m 87. What a life and $$$ saver! Thanks for the info and I”m so very glad I googled…now to the chiro so he can unwrench my back from all ‘dat plungin’ for nuttin’.

Tired of Toilet Trouble November 9, 2006, 12:07 pm

Well, no one responded to my plea for help, so I called the plumber. $75 later, I was told that my 1.6 gallon per flush Kohler San Martine toilet wasn’t pushing enough water to unclog the probably small amount of paper which was way down the line (probably hooked on a rough pipe) – as evidenced by the first flush working, 2nd stopping up – even with nothing but water in it. If I filled the sink and let it all drain at once, there were huge bubbles coming up the toilet – which supposedly means there is a clog – but the toilet would always SLOWLY drain down. Anyway, for my $75, he said to buy a new toilet – one which could be tinkered with to allow more water than the 1.6 gallons to go down – such as a Kohler Memoirs toilet (something about making the pipe taller inside the tank). I was to install this after having the first toilet pulled, having the drain snaked out by a different company – who has a larger/longer snake than he. Well, I have had them snake this out before and it continued doing the same thing, cost a lot, plus they scraped my pretty wood cabinetry and door frames with their snake – so I tried your hot water trick again – and after 5! buckets of really hot water, my toilet now runs freely, there are no bubbles back after draining the sink – WOW!! You have saved me money, headaches, and time! Thank you so much!! Good luck to everyone else. If at first you don’t succeed …

fred November 11, 2006, 9:08 am

If you must take the toilet up, try placing it upside down in the back yard and running a chain through it. That was the only way I could get at the pill bottle my nephew flushed, about 20 years ago.

Watch out when pouring hot water – the toilet is ceramic, and full of very cold water. You don’t want to crack it with a temperature change.

jeanie November 14, 2006, 1:03 am

Thanks for the info….after having Roto Rooter here and finding nothing….they said they would have to remove the toilet and find the clog….after they put the snake down for 30 minutes, I told them that they would have to come back again. I decided to look to the internet. Your advice worked so well! I plunged, filled a bucket with HOT water and after three tries, the clog is gone!!

Thanks again!

Stephan November 21, 2006, 8:31 pm

After five, six lost battles with the plunger, I didn’t have much hope for the pour-water-from-waist-high trick, but thought I might try anyway. It worked like a charm, with only one bucket ! Thanks, this is great.

Annoyed with my landlady December 11, 2006, 1:30 am

I live in an antique apartment building with an ancient toliet and even older pipes. The landlady has been told by the plumber that she needs to repipe the whole place, but of course she refuses.

For the last year, my toliet has been stuffed up for about a week every month. By stuffed, I mean anywhere from swirling clouds of brown to simply not draining very well. Right now, it’s been draining slowly for a week, and my landlady apparently thinks my not having a toliet is my own responsibility. She told me tenants have to fix their own clogs, and then she intimated not once, not twice, but three times, that the problem must be my own nuclear-sized dumps. That’s not it.

I’m thinking it has to be the pipes, just becoming more and more clogged as the years go by. I’ve been plunging like a madwoman all week, and nothing’s moving. Right now, I’m scared, as I, in a fit of pique towards said useless bitch of a landlady, poured Drano down the bowl. I hope the toliet’s not destroyed by the time I get home, as that’s the rumor that’s splashed all over the internet.

I pray your advice works for me, especially the hot water, as I intend to try it when I get home. Please, God! I’m sick of plunging!!

Annoyed with my landlady December 11, 2006, 7:58 pm

Hmmm. I tried the hot water method all last night, and nothing’s happening. Depressing. I guess I’ll go to Home Depot today and get something to try and blast it out of there.

Annoyed by plumbers December 12, 2006, 12:15 am

We recently just moved into a house thats almost 3 years old. And we’re already having problems with our plumbing! When we wash clothes (the washer is upstairs) we hear a gurgling noise in the kitchen sink downstairs and then sometimes our downstairs bathroom starts to overflow. We then decided to have our septic tank pumped thinking this was the cause of the problem. However, over $300 later we are still experiencing the same thing! After calling them back, they told me that it would cost an additional $300 to run a snake through and to add a camera to the end of the snake would be an additional $200 but then there would be no guarantee that it would work! The plumbers must think we’re damn fools if we’re going to pay that!

I am afraid to try the hot water trick seeing that the water in the downstairs toliet is already to the top of the brim. Currently, we opened the top of our clean out pipe outside of our house (this is the only way we got the overflow to stop occuring inside the house.) However, the overflow is now occuring outside of the house and the side of our house smells like a freakin sespool!

Anyhow, so if anyone would have any suggestions on how to alleviate our problems I would more than greatly appreciate them. Thanks!

james December 18, 2006, 7:49 pm

THE TP HANDLER POP OFF AND FELL IN THE toilet AT THE SAME TIME I FLUSED. I have tried the snake. The snake did not work. How would I remove the toilet from floor? There is on bolt on each side. However, when i loosen the bolts, that does not LOOSEN THE TOILENT AT ALL. HELP.

Vancouver December 19, 2006, 7:03 pm

Thanks, you are a genius man!!

Hank December 20, 2006, 4:43 am

I knew the clog was “natural” since I watched it go down before the water rose and then drained VERY slowly. After 6 or 8 attempts with the hot water it cleared and now drains beautifully. Make sure the water is as empty as possible or you won’t get enough force out of the pouring water.

Thanks for the excellent tip. Where do I send the check I would have given to the plumber?

slim December 23, 2006, 6:34 am


my toilet isnt even clogged but i’ve been reading this thing for 20 mintues just for its comedic value.

Bruce December 27, 2006, 7:28 pm

This is a great blog…who knew that hot water would do the trick!!!

The Toilet and I December 29, 2006, 8:33 pm

Woke up today feeling rather uneasy. Obviously a mixture of all the christmas goodies and my wide variety choice of food yesterday. Went to the toilet, did my business..a rather huge business…a lot of tissue used…tried flushing and guess what happened?, yes you guessed it right, the toilet bowl jus filled up,with my business swimming around. I mean this was not the first time this happened, so i thought I knew what i was doing.Could not be bothered to do the warm water trick, so tried flushing again..yes you guessed it right again..the damn toilet overflowed. I was not happy at all. 1) I was due to have a shower 2) I had an satelite dish fitter coming 3) There was crap water overflowing everywhere(and the fact that I am on my period is not really helping increasing anger and mood).
Decided to leave the situation meanwhile to cool down, thinking hopefully the water would go down itself. Well it didnt. Was too ashamed to call a plumber. There was no hardware shop close by. So i came across this site, and after laughing my head off, and finding out I am not in he boat on my own, decided to go and try the hot water trick.
So I got myself ready, had some soda water, ate some ferrero rocher chocolates, put some good music on, got my bucket and bowl, some bags, and I was ready for action(I am telling you, for a brief moment I felt like wonder woman).
After emptying the contents of my toilet bowl into a bucket, tried the hot water trick..nothing happened, the water just rose again. Emptied the contents again, tried the water trick again..still nothing the time i got to my 3rd bucket, i decided to empty the toilet bowl out, till all i could see was the bottom of the toilet bowl itself, then flushed the toilet…and Voila!! it rose then jus got flushed away(By this time i could hear the superman song playing, i felt like an hero), But i still flushed the toilet with two more buckets of hot water just to make sure evrything got flushed away. Thanks to everyone who posted on this site..may the good lord bless you all..fromnow on i am only eating salad, and wholemeal bread(but then again, after all that hardwork, I am hungry for some proper food!!!)Lord help me!

THANK YOU THANKT YOU January 15, 2007, 6:22 am

HOLY MOLY THANKS A LOT!! IT”S CURRENTLY 1:18 Am and thanks to this website i ifinally finished unclogging that damn stubborn skinny s.o.b. of atoilet that bites more than it can swallow. I am a body builder and drop 1 litre coke bottle sized canon shells into the toilet every couple of days and thanks to this website and an hour of sweaty plunging and bucketing I unclogged it, till next time people thanks a lot!!!

Thank you so much January 18, 2007, 8:07 pm

After a full day of clogged toilet trauma, the combination of dishwashing liquid (dawn and palmolive), half a garbage pail of hot (not warm) water, and an accordion-type plunger (“master plunger 100-1”), my toilet is finally unclogged. Though, I am too scared to use it now so I’m going to do all my ‘serious’ business at work for a while..

I am so grateful to the original poster and all who have commented.. It was so great knowing that I’m not alone in my embarrassing trauma!

mike January 19, 2007, 3:07 am

Go to Lowes or Home Depot. Ask one of the clerks in the plumbing isle for a hose attachment that will unclog drains. The apparatus comes in two sizes: small and large. These contraptions, when attached to a garden hose, will (usually) unclog a plugged sink or toilet. The way it works is this:

Joe’s toilet is backed up. You purchased the apparatus mentioned above. Do the following:

1) Ask for a helper. If you can’t find anyone, you can still do this yourself.
Attach it to a garden hose.
2) Bring in the garden hose. Make sure not to mar up your walls with a dirty hose, unless you don’t really care.
3) Shove the end of the hose into the bottom of the toilet. You may have to fish around and remove any fecal matter or toilet paper that may be logged inside. (I probably just turned a bunch of you off, sorry). Make sure you WASH your dang hands!
4) Hold the garden hose in place.
5) Yell out to your helper to slowly crank on the valve.
6) The apparatus will start to fill with water. Then you will hear a hum. This is normal!

What is happening? The apparatus has now swelled to the same size of the toilet’s mouth. It is kind like a catheter that nurses put up a person’s privates. Once the water fills the apparatus, water vibrates through it like a jet. The combination of the jet action and the pressure from the swelling of the apparatus will usually put the blockage out and through your system.

What if you’re by yourself?

I don’t recommend you run to the toilet and hold the hose! By the time you get there you’ll find water (and a mixture of other unspeakable things) all over the walls and floor! Don’t do it! What do you do? Simply unwind enough hose to make it too your toilet. Kink the hose about two feet above the apparatus, unless you really like getting your hands inside the toilet (gag). If it is one of those unkinkable hoses, you might have to kink it two or three times. Turn the water on, walk it to your toilet, then insert it into the mouth of the toilet. Now let the kinks go and the apparatus will do its stuff.

I usually let the contraption go for about 5 minutes. Then I turn off the water.

If you want, you can kink the hose again to stop the apparatus. Or, you can turn off the valve, then run like a bat out of heck to the toilet before slips out onto the floor. The apparatus will take a few seconds to loose its…swell…so you should have enough time to turn it off.

I promise you this will save you money.

The small apparatus is used for small holes like sinks.
The large one is for toilets or clean outs (if you know what that is).

Hope this information will help some of you!

Don’t call that plumber! Unless you are hopeless and not willing to fix it yourself.

mike January 19, 2007, 3:24 am

I am amused over the blogs here.

1) Never, never, never flush tampons down the drain. Go to Target and get a small trash can and label it ‘Dispose of feminine products here please’ (for your guests). Unless you want your system to back up and become unusable! Try explaining to your plumber about the tampon when he comes over! haha!

2) The Boiling Water…I keep reading about this…I wonder…toilets use a wax ring that acts as a gasket between the toilet and the flange (that holds your toilet to the floor and also keep water and other artifacts from leaving the drain pipe). I would think that putting too much boiling water down the toilet might break that seal around the flange, which would result in a break in the seal. If the wax ring goes bad, you’ll have to remove the toilet and replace the wax ring yourself. I would guess a house call for that would cost about $100.00. The part actually costs about $5.00. Oh, and before I forget, don’t just get a wax ring by itself. They sell kits that include both a wax ring and new bolts.

3) See me previous blog about the ‘apparatus’ if you want to unclog your toilet.

4) The scratches? The only thing that MIGHT work is an appliance touch up kit. You can get this from Lowes or Home Depot. it costs about $8.00 or so. It is a liquid that you put on white appliances. It is supposed to fill in any nicks that may have occurred from anyone who is clumsy and not watching what they are doing.

As far as it lasting…you probably will have to turn off the water supply line, flush the toilet, then scoop out any remaining water. Get a towel and dry up the area that is to be treated with the touch up. Then apply the stuff. You may have to rough up the gouge marks first…depending on how long the marks have been there. I probably would use a green pad and rub it until it is clean and a little rough. Then apply the touch up kit. I wouldn’t go overboard. Just put enough in there and let it dry! I probably would give it a day or two.

When you clean your toilet, you probably will have to take it easy on the area you treated.

I don’t anticipate anyone marring it up…unless they have hard fecal matter!

Good luck to all of you.


David January 21, 2007, 9:15 pm

Yeah, these new toilets they’re putting in new houses really can’t handle much more than angel-hair pasta type of “stuff”. Thanks for the tips, bucket works nicely 🙂

Wendy January 22, 2007, 8:46 am

Now, let me just say I am an independant woman…I refuse to give in or ask for help unless it’s a last resort. I also have a bit of an ego and can usually fix anything. I think I actually own more tools then my husband and his boys combined…but I digress.
Yes, I clogged the toilet with too much paper. It’s a sunday. Let’s be honest though, even if it was a monday, I still wouldn’t call the plumber unless even blowing up the toilet didn’t kill the clog.
I tried everything but that, until I found your site.
It is now, after it’s third warm bath, slightly draining, which means success over the water sucking porcelain evil thing is imminent.
Thank you for the water suggestion! I graduated up from warm to hot water, just to be sure I wouldn’t crack the bowl, and it seems to be draining…slowly, but draining.
Perhaps the sound you hear in heaven will be 10,000 grateful flushes, or perhaps 10,000 angry plumbers. Either way, much thanks

ripley January 22, 2007, 5:39 pm

I can’t thank all of you out there for all the posts about unclogging toilets. First, it made me see that my problem (3 days without even a gurgle from my toilet) was actually minor in comparison with some I read about. Even so, I never realized how quickly we can descend to frustration,terror, total chaos and barbarism when our toilets won’t FLUSH!!!!! I myself was reduced to using a trashcan liner and a small wastebasket (guys, it’s not as easy for we of the female persuasion when it’s late at night and it’s snowing,and we gotta PEE! We can’t just use a milk jug.)
Anyway, I tried lots of plunging; then I tried bailing the water out of the toilet with a plastic cottage cheese container, and pouring in a gallon of bleach and leaving it over nite. NO ACTION NOTED the next morning.Then I tried pouring hot water from a great height (after bailing out most of the bleach) …not a ripple. Then I read the post about trying dish detergent. I threw in the rest of the bleach and several squirts of Dawn and some hot water for good measure. Then I left for work. When I got home…TA DA!!!! water was gone from the bowl. I flushed and it started backing up so I applied several vigorous plunges and …VOILA… my toilet works again. And the bowl is sparkley white thanks to the bleach and DAWN.
I tripple bagged the trashcan liner and it went right in the dumpster.
I know I would have given up sooner and gone to my landlord in total humiliation, if I hadn’t read how others of you just kept on trying.

bryan bergmann January 30, 2007, 11:15 pm

I will go on the record as saying hot water is the bomb to the wrong that was clogging my toilet.

frustrated February 4, 2007, 12:06 am

Been trying to unblock my friends toilet for 2.5 hours. Have tried a plunger, a mop, a long green fluffy duster/tickling stick, a bendy curtain rail. In the process of doing the hot water method…heres hoping, really need to go!!!!!

Cindi February 13, 2007, 8:48 pm

LOL… after wasting money..even buying crap NOT for the toilet, I tried #3, the Bucket of Water…AND IT WORKED!!!! 4 frickin hours and two trips to the store, and one simple bucket of water worked..geesh!


Anne February 17, 2007, 3:19 pm

Thank you so much!!! I used the snake, the bucket…everything imaginable, but it was the bucket that worked. I wish that i looked at your advice an hour ago:)

AB March 6, 2007, 6:08 am

Buckets of water worked for us! It only took about 20 to unclog my husbands log jam that was on top of an earlier one from me. Damn. Anyway, dish soap, plunging, and tons of water held as high as I could manage and sweet relief. 🙂

Kim March 8, 2007, 10:06 pm

Thanks soo much! I just moved into a new house and don’t have the budget for a plumber! That hot water trick clears it right up. Thanks!!!

Q March 9, 2007, 6:40 am

I’m desperate. My Toilet has been cugged up for about4 hrs now and it 1:30 and I called a plumber and they say they charge double for working at night ($420.00) I don’t think so and dont want to.
I tried everything but the wire hanger or what not and nothing.
I think my problem is a little complicated. I was done taking a shower and all of a sudden i see my toilet leaking poop water from the 2 caps located on the bottom of the toilet in bathroom A . Then i go to the other bathroom (B) and i see poop coming out of the same place the other toilet has the poop coming out of. And that’s not all, I see poop coming out of the other shower (bathroom B) the only place i dont see poop coming out of is the shower i was taking a shower in (thank God) What do I do, please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you

cujo March 20, 2007, 8:58 am

used the toilet snake and now i can’t pull the snake out. it doesn’t feel like the snake has anything hanging on it. i really don’t want to take the toilet apart. is there any type of trict to pulling the snake out.

cayenna March 25, 2007, 7:04 pm

I have an (interesting) situation. I left the house and when I got where I was going, no cell phone, now I know that I had it that morning,it was in my pocket. When I got home and was looking for it, my wonderful hubby “blew it up” as he puts it. Flush and no joy: did not go down. Now that is not uncommon 🙂 I plunged and plunged, no luck. I cannot find my cell phone and when I call it it is not on… as far as i can tell it is down the toilet. Problably fell out of my pocket as I stood up. Now I have a toilet full of shit water, my hubby left, (he deployed that night) and we only have one toilet. This Sucks.. I am going to bail it out and try plunging and the hot water agian, but if it is my cell, I don’t think I am going to have much luck..any ideas? I dont want to call any of our friends to help, it is rather ebarassing!!

Becca March 27, 2007, 4:27 pm

I clogged my toilet for the first time and my roomate told me to use the snake, but it really scratched the inside of my toilet…what can i do to get rid of the scratches?!

Dagny March 30, 2007, 9:50 am

My drain’s been clogging with alarming regularity ever since I switched to Charmin’ toilet rolls. Thankfully, so far I’ve managed to solve most blockages with a generous dose of Mr.Muscle drain unblocker and haven’t had to resort to any of the above mentioned tactics. Though it says 15 mins on the bottle, give it a good 8 hours to properly work its magic.

Arianna April 1, 2007, 3:29 am

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH, the water bucket idea worked after a long half hour of not succeeding.

Carolyn April 7, 2007, 5:19 pm

I’m freaking out big time. My husband will know that I’ve been cheating. You see, I’ve had a colostomy bag for years, so I don’t have well-formed turds like most people. But my bf spent the night last night while hubby was out of town, and he took a (normal) dump this a.m. and left. The toilet’s clogged, and turds are floating. I tried plunging and snaking–no help. The bucket thing didn’t work, either. Bf is at work and I can’t get him. Hubby will be home tonight, and if he sees what’s there, he’ll know I had somebody here. Please help–I could be dead tonight.

Cold in Winnipeg April 8, 2007, 5:16 am

The hot water trick definitely works.

Also, I find attacking the toilet with the plunger, and aggressively forcing the plunger into it (getting myself soaked in the process) works too.

Today the girl here (don’t want to be specific you know) plugged the toilet with one of those burrito-sized turds (AGAIN!!!) and instead of reaching for the plunger, I decided on a 5 gallon bucket of HOT water. Worked like a charm, first time down.

Jack April 9, 2007, 10:11 pm

My toilet had been on a go slow strike for a rather long time. Water takes forever to go down. There was some obstruction since a renovation 3 years ago, so strictly no poo-ing allowed. We thought it to be rags or small plaster stones that will disappear over time. It did’nt. Draino and acids went in but was a waste of money. I used a snake but it stopped at 1.5 metres and no further. So I tried the method many folks here talked happily about. I filled a bucket with a kettle of boiling water and the same amount in cold water. I poured it in, and as expected, it filled the bowl to the brim. I took a plunger and pushed it quickly into the gasping hole. Yay and presto! The water gurgled a sound I had not heard in years. The toilet now flushes like new. I figure that the hot water had created compressed air in the empty space between the bowl and the obstruction. The plunger and the water helped to form a seal at one end so the obstruction gets blown off and out like a champagne cork. I suppose it is useful to reason it this way to help me remember how it really works.

Ounce of Prevention April 10, 2007, 12:53 am

I came to your site looking for ideas for prevention — specifically, what tools and methods people use to break up big turds BEFORE flushing them! From reading the messages here, it sure seems like a lot of people besides me regularly shit stuff that their toilets can’t accommodate. Over the years, many of my turds have been huge, and also so tough it’s like my body has transformed my food into hard clay.

I’ve clogged a lot of toilets. It’s bad enough when it happens at home. It’s incredibly embarrassing when the toilet overflows onto the floor and maybe the beautiful color-coordinated rug of the bathroom where you work, or where you’re interviewing for a job, or at a client’s house, or a new boyfriend’s parents’ elegant house during a holiday dinner, or somewhere where you’re not supposed to be anyway — and despite a thorough search of the bathroom there’s no plunger, snake, bucket, paper towels, rags, or anything whatsoever with which to clear the clog or clean up the mess. Well, maybe there are the elegant, brand new, obviously just-for-show, obviously very expensive, color-coordinated-with-the-now-smelly-rug, crushed velvet towels hanging from the brass towel holders, but you know you’d be double-dead if you sopped up the shitty, pissy, floor with those! So, now that you’re sweating bullets and probably stinking from shear terror, you really do HAVE to out yourself as the big shit(ter) who made this disgusting mess.

So from experience I’ve learned to look before flushing. And to break big things up into little pieces before waving my final farewell. Hide the evidence. An ounce of prevention, etc.! (Actually, I usually look even before wiping, because as others writers here know, sometimes your natural contribution without even a little TP is enough to guarantee a clog.)

I liked the suggestion from “relief at last” of keeping a long stick in an empty coffee can in your bathroom. But what if you know your poo’s going to pack the porcelain tight, and there’s no stick available to stick into the toilet?

Beware, this part might gross you out. Sometimes I’ve just had to stick my bare hand into the water and tear the turd apart. I know. Everything you’ve learned to become a civilized creature screams “NO!” But you can usually tell by looking at it whether it’s going to go down or not. And if it’s not, what’s the choice? If you don’t break it up, you’re going to have a mess. So you just do it. Then your clean hand kindly hands some TP to your dirty hand, your clean hand flushes, and as the water swirls everything easily and gratefully away, as though it had only been a light pee break, your dirty hand uses the TP and the swirling water to clean itself as best as possible. With a bit more TP, your dirty hand then dries itself as best as possible. Then you wipe yourself. Then you flush away all the TP, being careful of quantity of TP per flush. Then you beeline to the sink, use your clean hand to turn on the faucets, wait for water as hot as you can stand, use your clean hand to acquire soap — hopefully an antibacterial soap, which is hopefully housed in a pump bottle, and scrub your hand. Or hands, if your clean hand has had to get seriously involved.

That’s the worse-case scenario.

Here are a few easier ways for the less squeamish:

Keep on hand (pun intended) a box of disposable latex gloves, or sturdy plastic bags that will act as gloves, or a pair of good rubber gloves that you can later disinfect and reuse. Make sure the gloves or bags are long enough to cover the length of your forearm as far as you might have to reach into the far-depths of the toilet. If your shit is really heavy and there’s a lot of it, the early-release part may have already been pushed far along into the drain tunnel, and you might have to reach far in to pull it back up and thoroughly break it apart. (Yes, I’m serious.) So think “elbow length.”

After you’ve successfully flushed away the broken bits, you carefully remove the soiled glove and put it into a non-leakable, tightly closeable, smallish, disposable container — a ready-supply of which you’ll also keep on hand. For this you can use zip-lock bags; or clean, empty, plastic deli containers with lids – something that you would have thrown away anyway. If you want an extra layer of privacy than these transparent containers, put the whole thing into yet another bag, such as a plastic grocery bag or something else that no one would think strange to find in a bathroom wastebasket (if you’re leaving it all in the bathroom) or to see you carry out of the bathroom (if you’re taking it out right away).

You can also keep a couple full sets of these products with you in your purse, briefcase, backpack, lunchbox, glove compartment, desk, etc.; so you can still safely and privately prevent toilet clogs when you’ve gotta go on the go.

Quick-fix alternative: A plastic, disposable eating utensil; and a small, zip-lock bag to safely discard it in. If you think it’s weird to use an eating utensil for this, remember that you’re just cutting up stuff that used to BE the food that you liked enough to eat.

Ounce of Prevention 2 April 12, 2007, 10:33 pm

Here’s my solution for the “floaters” (which I’ve also had), those light, fluffy turds that keep merrily dancing on the surface of the water despite the most powerful sucking flush of industrial strength toilets with entirely clog-free drainage. This will also help with frothy vomit, soap suds, leftover milkshakes (as mentioned above by “snaily” on July 7 2005), confetti (which shouldn’t have gone into the toilet anyway!), glitter (ditto the after-confetti comment), and other non-sinkable materials.

Drape toilet paper over the surface, in lengths that allow three or four inches to go down into the water on BOTH sides of the floating stuff. Use enough strips, side by side, to cover the entire surface of what you want to flush. Basically, you want to create a little bonnet-like trap. (Don’t use too much TP, though, or you’ll create a TP clog.)

When you flush, the sucking action will grab the ends of TP that are hanging down the sides of the bowl, and these will pull down everything that they’re covering.


Low Flush Hater April 19, 2007, 2:00 am

Problem: 5 year old son flushed 28 butt wipes following a “big one” (I don’t know why he counted them). I have never had such a nightmare clog. Cheap plunger was useless. Went to Lowe’s today and bought a Plung-it air powered plunger. Turned out to be useless. The plunger end is now attached to handle of my cheap plunger (made me feel like I got something out of the Plung-it). Solution: Used the warm water trick which worked after another hour and some serious plunging. I have this horrible fear that the beast that was released from our toilet will do something major to our water treatment plant.

Stick with it, don’t pay a plumber.

Amanda May 1, 2007, 1:49 am

I was about to call a plumber. Then I remembered all of those times that Google has been there for me. It lead me here. And the bucket of hot water and then plunging worked! THANK YOU! BTW this page is very entertaining to read.

wally48159 May 1, 2007, 2:45 am

If your toilet is plugged terribly bad, try this even though it sounds crazy. Get a large bottle of Dawn dishsoap, a few gallons of boiling water, and a plunger. Pour half a bottle of Dawn into the toilet bowl and wait 30 minutes. While waiting, get the water boiling. Now pour the boiling water into the bowl from about waist high, so it pushes down the drain. Now plunge FURIOUSLY. The foam will almost overflow. It may take two attempts if it’s bad. But you wouldn’t believe how well this works. I guess it makes the pipes kinda like a Slip N Slide.

This just worked for me, after spending 10 hours and $100 on snakes, plungers, and pipes. $4 worth of dishsoap made me feel like an idiot after tons of frustration and mess.

Edinburgh May 5, 2007, 7:55 pm

The hot water bucket method definately worked! That toilet is finally usable again! (BUT be careful when pouring the water in, the dislodging makes the whole room REALLY smelly!)

Kathy May 6, 2007, 12:03 pm

I accidentally flushed those Scotch Brite “Disposable” toilet scrubbers down my toilet on Friday. I was in a hurry cleaning for company and didn’t read the box – it said “disposable” I just thought it meant in the bowl not the trash. I thought it would breakdown. Anyway – I put one down all three bowls in our house. Saturday morning after a night out at a Mexican restaurant my husband was panicked to realize that his throne was not flushing. He came to the downstairs bathroom thinking it was fine, did his business and then tried to flush to no avail. Luckily that toilet has an overflow protection on it so it can’t go on the floor, but he was in there for 20 panicked minutes trying to get it to go down before he called me in. He wasn’t plunging right, so I did it a few times and got the water to go back down. After realizing my error, we discovered that two out of the three bowls were clogged. We got the first one unclogged eventually using the toilet auger and “knock on wood” it is still flushing today. However the other one is still clogged, this is the most important toilet because it actually worked the best and my hubby considers it his sanctuary and me and my daughters don’t want him fouling up the rest of our bathrooms with his stench. Anyway, the problem is that it is a toilet that has a flush o matic enclosed tank inside that makes for “power” flushes, and the neck of the tank is not like your regular generic bowl, it goes up instead of straight back, so I think the item is lodged in there real bad and it is difficult to even get in there with the auger. In fact using the auger seemed to make it worse. The hot water got it to a good point, then we tried the auger. We also used the shop vac on reverse blowing air into the bowl line. We drained the tank and hubby used towels to create a seal around the hose and stuffed it in the hole. That seemed to work too.

I know some other people on here said they flushed those Scotch Brite things too, and I was wondering did they ever get them unclogged and what did the trick.

the husband May 13, 2007, 4:00 pm

so my wife dropped the deoderant down the crapper, I need help

chuck June 12, 2007, 7:16 pm

I have read through this entire toilet clog blog. There is a great deal of funny yet helpful ideas to be found, however, there is one especially disturbing entry. Ounce of prevention, aka ‘poopie girl’; you squish up your poop with your bare hands…right?…and its not an emergency situation, just some preventative fun . . . *GOOD LORD!*
They could make a special edition of Fear Factor for you with you running around squishing up everybodies poop!
Joe Rogan would probably hurl.
(side note to readers – if you start dating someone and you notice they carry little gloves and plastic baggies with them; just walk away … they probably squish their own poop)

I do actually have toilet trouble. I believe there is a toy causing a partial blockage (therefore there has been no overflow or poop to deal with unlike many unfortunate souls encountered here).

The kicker is my toilet appears to be seriously glued, grouted, or welded to the floor disqualifying the option of pulling the toilet. (Unless I tear up my tile, the floor, and most likely the toilet itself)

I have augered, plunged, and hot water bucketed it to death. In desperation I augered with enough reckless abandon to have pulled out an inch plug of wax (presumably from the wax seal) and a piece of black rubber (probably from under wax seal). I was not aware that was humanly possible. There has not been any leakage, thank goodness, but I am still left with a nonfunctioning potty.

If anybody has any suggestions or knows any cutting edge methods on toy retrieval, that would be super. My bathroom was remolded one year ago (cost between 7,000 to 8,000) and so I am not to keen on destroying my tile floor.

In an odd way it is comforting to read about other peoples’ victories and defeats with their potties. I guess you could say its like “chicken poop for the soul” or “poop soup for the soul” (from the now legendary “steamy bowl of poop soup”)

Good luck to everyone

Andrew June 16, 2007, 3:36 am

To the GENIUS who wrote this: You have saved me!! After 2 trips to hardware store, pumping furiously with 2 different plungers (including once labelled “Best plunger in the world”), in desperation I searched the net – found the ping. THE BUCKET TRICK WORKED!! YOU ARE A GENUIS! Pity didn’t read your blog first, would have saved $22 Australian dollars….


chuck June 16, 2007, 11:32 pm

I have come to the conclusion that if your toilet blockage is caused by some foreign object (not like chop sticks, but toys or some other non-organic material)and the auger is unsuccessful, then you must pull the toilet. Just be careful. My toilet had copius amounts of silicon fixing it to the floor and in the act of pulling up the toilet it broke in _half_ at the base. Incredibly, the toilet’s poop-shoot remained intact and so I was able to put the toilet back together and caulk around the base and cracks.

Disaster waiting to happen? Probably, but it keeps life interesting.

(Oh, the partial blockage was caused by a 3 inch x 3 inch, foam spiderman puzzle piece; presumably the work of my two year old.)

Jim S June 19, 2007, 3:12 am

The bucket of Hot Water did the trick for me!

I had house guests and someone left me with a clogged crapper. I didn’t know it was clogged until I crapped in it! It was like that for days. The snake was able to hook into the culprit. You guessed it, a Tampoon… WOMEN! However after sitting full of crap for a few days my crapper was still draining oh, so painfully slow. Just waiting for me to crap in it and be right back where I started.

The first bucket was about 3.5 gallons of hot tap water, got things moving a little faster. I did it again and let it sit a couple minutes before flushing.
Things are moving right along now.

Dan June 20, 2007, 6:37 pm

I sure hope you can help. BOTH of our upstairs toilets are backing up. This happened a couple of months ago and after a $600 plumbing bill it was cleared up, the culprit being our daughter’s tampons which had formed a dam. She swears she’s only forgotten a few times since and only flushed a few more, yet the problem has redeveloped. Will a toilet auger reach that kind of a clog, which I assume is actually right underneath the toilets? Or will something longer be required? Please tell me there’s something I can do myself, since another $600 plumbing bill would really hurt. Thanks in advance …

jenn June 23, 2007, 4:39 am

Just wanted to share with everyone here… I am puppysitting for my sisters 3 month old dog. Needless to say it is not entirely housebroken yet. This morning before work it climbed inside a box of video games and took a giant dump. I was in a hurry for work so I picked it up with a paper towel and threw it in the toilet. I am pretty sure I flushed it but when I got home from work and opened the toilet lid, it was still there. So at this point i figured i forgot to flush this morning. Well after four more flushes i realized it was stuck in there. Being the brilliant person I am, I decided to try and push it all the way down the pipe instead of trying to pull it out. This made the situation worse and water started overflowing onto my bathroom floor. Thankfully, I found this website and read about the toilet auger and the hot water idea. The water thing didnt work for me, but then again Im not entirely sure i did it correctly. I just got back from wal mart where i got a toilet auger. That thing sure did get the giant doggy poop wad out!!! holy shit the smell almost knocked me backwards though!!! thanks everyone for sharing your solutions because before today i didnt even know what a toilet auger was. Seeing as how i only have one bathroom and no money for a plumber, it was a lifesaver.

erin June 24, 2007, 12:25 pm

Well, thanks to your site, I managed to fix one toilet that had been clogged for about 2 months (1 small pot, about a quart, of boiling water) – i think it was only clogged w/ urine + wipes, but i didn’t bother trying to fix it (other than by flushing it after it drained, which just made the pissy water get lower but not disappear – i think my son just kept using it like that), until AFTER MY OTHER TOILET CLOGGED W/ SHIT, leaving no toilet for me and my 2 teenagers to use – tried plunging (turned out i didn’t know how – thanks for teaching proper method), then i went and bought liquid plumr (i tried to unclog a drain with it, it didn’t unclog the drain, so when i tried to empty the drain by taking the sitting water + LP w/ cups + dumping it into the toilet, the toilet started flushing even though it hadn’t been clogged + no one pushed the flusher, every time i poured a cup in – like the Liquid Plumr was committing suicide or something! it just wouldn’t sit!), i heard a bursting noise like a clog was breaking up, figured i’d give it some time, and when i came back to check on it, THE ENTIRE BATHROOM WAS COVERED IN WATER!!! Now, having read about the people drowning in poo-soup and sweeping nuggets out their front doors, I am relieved to tell you that this was “white water” (my friend, incidentally male, explained the difference the last time we had a toilet problem when he had to come over and do the plunging for me – when i told him i didn’t want him to get toilet water on the floor, he said ‘it’s white water – it’s clean’ and i asked how he knew that and he said ‘that’s contrasted with BROWN water; trust me, you’d know’)
So water was coming out at about a gallon per minute – not shitty water but water nonetheless; first I call my landlord (it’s midnite on saturday, i get their answering service, i’m told that maintenance will call me back in the next 10 mins, no call back 5 hrs later – apparently the lady answering the phone is having trouble getting the maintenance guy to answer HIS phone), to the internet i go: here i learned that all i had to do to get the water to stop flooding my bathroom (and at that point my hallway, bedroom, etc.) was to turn this little knob behind the toilet = IT WORKED!!!
Only then, when I realized that the recently clogged toilet was in a real state of disrepair caused by my own repair-attempts did I turn to the 2-month-clogged toilet, which might still be salvageable – RYAN, YOU ARE MY HOT WATER GOD!!! If only i had gone to this site a while ago, I might have tried hot water in the other one and would not have a huge flood on my hands!!
But, at least when the maintenance man finally comes, I won’t have to explain why BOTH of our toilets are clogged, and we now do have a working toilet (for all the parents whose kids are flushing crap down the toilets that don’t belong there, make them use the trainer potty or sit on a potty chair, even if they’re too big for it or clearly don’t need to [you can also get a sort of contraption that goes under your toilet seat and catches whatever goes in, like a bucket – this is what they use in hospitals so they can measure urine output; it’s gross but that way you’ll know nothing’s going down! also, if they’re old enough, make them empty it themselves, if you can trust them to not empty large wads of TP or toys], until they learn not to put stuff down the toilet – incidentally, those trainer potties sure come in handy if you have nothing else on hand when all your toilets are clogged; god, i would’ve killed for a backyard or even semi-private concrete a couple hours ago).
it is so nice, when you think your day sucks so bad and couldn’t be any worse, to come on this site and realize not just how much comedic value there is in all of this, but just how many people have it WAY worse (e.g. brown vs. white water). Thanks to all who’ve posted their experiences. And how bout, from now on, we all stop being embarassed for the maintenance man to come help us (for those of us who rent, assuming that he’s competent) – clearly there’s enough of us out there who’ve had problems, life involves shit, everyone does it, and it’s at least half due to the stupid low-flow toilets. so there.
DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF THE LIQUID PLUMR COULD HAVE CAUSED THIS FLOODING, HOW IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED, AND WHAT I CAN DO TO FIX IT (or how to explain it to the landlord considering the bottle says ‘do not put down toilet’ right on it, though many others here seem to have done it without a problem)

christine June 25, 2007, 4:13 am

i got tired waiting for the water to get hot enough [2 coffee pots full of hot faucet water did not do the trick] and i had already tried the dishsoap so when i poured the water in, i couldn’t see through all the bubbles! even though i threw up in my mouth at least twice, i plunged the toilet about 8-10 times and it didn’t change so i thought i would just try and flush and THANK GOD IT WORKED! i live alone in a house and only have one toilet so i thank you so so much [as does my bladder]!

uff-da June 28, 2007, 3:21 am

A few days ago I deposited poo #1, apparently it can’t exit my backside but not work it’s way through a toilet. Toilet was somewhat clogged, but it wasn’t too bad and I was in a rush so I left. Later that day I came home, and thanks to my healthy intake of fiber I dropped in poo #2. Which was not a good idea.

I don’t think it has contributed to the clog but it has served as a psychological deterrent. I’m reluctant to put the plunger in because it will be a horrific poo smashing mess. Since the plunger doesn’t completely cover the stupidly shaped hole i figured it’s not worth it.

I’ve dumped about half a bottle of dish soap down there, then a bottle of mouthwash which did break up poo #2 and added a fresh minty smell to the room. Nevertheless toilet is still clogged and I’m now dumping buckets of warm water down the the toilet. Which makes for a very unpleasant odour. Like baked poo.

Think I’ll just give up eating solid foods.

wish i were scared sh*tless June 29, 2007, 5:22 am

Thanks to everyone for bringing a smile to my face (especially Jason’s posts from November of 2002!). Ryan, I can’t thank you enough. I wish had kids to blame my toilet problems on – no such luck. I moved into a new apartment, and for some reason nothing seems to flush when it really counts. I have found myself disinfecting my entire bathroom with bleach more times than I care to think about. Well, a couple of days ago, I got the flu. My first trip to visit the porcelain god was fine. The second time… imagine Niagara Falls with thousands and thousands of idiots going down the falls in brown barrels. After laying down 5 rolls of paper towels to try and clean up the water, etc., I started plunging. NO LUCK!!! I was feeling so ill that I finally gave up, went downstairs, and drove 20 minutes to my parents’ house in my nightgown. I just came back, 2 days later, scared to death of what my apartment would smell like, knowing that my toilet is still clogged. I found this site and started reading everyone’s comments. The bowl, obviously, was filled completely to the top. I saw someone ask about a wire hanger. OK, this is not the best idea if you own your home, but for those of us who don’t give a sh*t because we rent, this is not a bad idea. I tried it – it worked just enough for a tiny bit of water to start draining off slowly. I then tried the hot water/plunger routine. After 4 buckets of hot water and a lot of plunging, I now have a completely freely-running toilet!!!! Thanks again to everyone for the advice and laughs. I’m glad to know I’m not the only unfortunate soul out there. Good luck and happy plunging!

ams July 1, 2007, 3:54 pm

These low flow toilets are a waste of money! You have to flush them 20x so how is that saving water??? And it’s annoying besides.

My toilet clogs all the time. I have a septic system. I’ve been using table salt, baking soda and vinegar to unclog it. It works well. Will the salt hurt the septic system?

TL in hell July 10, 2007, 11:05 am

This site has made me laugh for over an hour. Our toilet always flushed like a champ til recently, I think my elderly aunt with alzheimers has perhaps put paper towels in there. Ive tried plunging, the auger, the hot water.. I now have bleach in there and going to let it sit a while and try again. The toilet actually flushes if you plunge while actually flushing the toilet. When flushing the toilet itself it goes down super super slow and it takes several flushes to get rid of anything that may be floating in there 🙁 I am going to try to the dish soap next.

This toilet used to flush like a champ.. I so long to hear that whoosh sound again!!!

Thanks for this blog tho… even if the toilet doesn’t get fixed properly…you folks have made me laugh my ass off!

L July 20, 2007, 7:57 pm

If the water trick doesn’t work alone pour a little dishwashing liquid down first. Then following with the hot water and some plunging. Worked like a charm.
I had been trying to unclog my toilet all day then after doing this is took less then 5 miutes.

shaidaon August 20, 2007, 8:01 pm

the best thing to do is:

1: put several pieces of alumminum foil in the toilet + a large wad the size of the hole your shit goes down.

2: pour alot of draino and/or liquad plumber in the toilet

3: flush and run like hell


tc August 25, 2007, 7:12 am

Thank goodness for the McDonalds across the street open 24 hours a day. And all the cars in the drive through lane, think I’m dashing in for the food and a bit more exercise than them…

Any suggestions for clearing the jet at the base of the toilet bowl? Plumber today said it’s clogged with mineral deposits and that’s why the bowl doesn’t flush fulling, every few months giving me experiences to wax poetic about.

He poked it a bit with a pick and got an opening started, but I don’t need to pay that much per hour for someone to poke with a pick. And anyway he didn’t think he’d get it much better. Anything out there that’s safe and effective – that anyone’s used?

This toilet worked fine for a long time before it had me praying feverently with each #2 that it won’t make it over the rim, pleeeeeease, before it starts to move down. Lots of water swirls and flows just fine into the bowl.

I don’t have kids, and I don’t throw my toys or my feminine products down it. But my environmental sister convinced me not to flush for the, TP without productive output, uses which probably got this started. But how many years can TP hang out in the pipes without breaking down?

Thanks for the laughter. Any ideas, greaty, appreciated.

Plunger August 31, 2007, 5:52 am

Hot water actually works! I honestly didn’t think it would but it only took 3 or 4 buckets and some plunging! THANK YOU!!

jaxnoth September 11, 2007, 3:02 am

THANK YOU!! My husband flushed pickles (spears, to be precise) down the toilet this afternoon, and he’s been regretting it ever since. Buckets of water, then plunge worked for us. Stupid pickles…

OH THANK GOD September 21, 2007, 12:21 pm

so, I had tried everything and I mean EVERYTHING! I just went to the rite aid by my house and its like 4 am, and i got everything i could find to unplug my toilet. first I did the most retarted thing ever, and i put soap in the oilet followed by a bucket of warm water, because i had read in a few places that it had worked for a bunch of people, then after reading here and on some diy sites i realized its the water NOT THE SOAP haha that clears the toilet. so i ended up with a whole shit load (pun intented) of poop bubbles all over my bathroom, and the water didnt do anything, so i went a got draino and a bucket and a new plunger and blah blah blah. i got this weird thing i saw cause they didnt have any wire hangers and i dont have any here, its called a “zip it” and it was $3.99 and it worked like a charm! whoever invented it was having the same problem we all are with our toilets and they called one of those inventor ads and got a patent, but by god the should be given the metal of honor. its the same idea as a wire hanger but its a flimsy super ling plastic “stick” with little plastic rose thorn kinda things on it. the idea is that anything stuck in there causing the plug will get stuck to the thorns and come out, unpluging whatever is pluged it took me about 2 stufs into the toilet and then i felt something stuck on it, and in about three more pulls out, the toilet DRAINED!!!!!!! yay!!!!!! I would suggets the water thing for poop, but it seems like if you have a paper problem, or a tampon problem, like i think i had (my toilet dosent need a fucking tampon but it sure was hanging on to that damn thing) this is the ticket. nothing worked not warm water not draino not a plunger, nothing, and i refused to call a plumber, so i have been using my neigbhors bathroom for the past 3 days, but i couldnt bring myself to knock at 4am, so i went to the store, used theyre bathroom, and bought the “zip it” I cant even tell you how thrilled I am, thank the toilet gods, and I promise I will throw away all my blody tampons, no matter how gross that thought is to me, even if the say i can flush em, no matter what (tampons sitting in the bathroom trash? EWWWWWW!) cross my heart, hope to die, thank you zip it, I am going to write your cretor, so he can think I am a nut to. and ladies, remember ZIP IT! p.s. think I should do a commercial for them? muh ha ha

Marie September 30, 2007, 8:22 pm

This site is the best entertainment on this internet. Discovered it because my toilet is blocked. I needed a #2 this afternoon (as you do). I have to say that this poo was the largest thing ever. It was like a biological brick. I flushed (as you do) and it did go down but water rose in the bowl.I knew this was not a good sign but I kept flushing hoping things will improve but it did not. I had to tell my room mate that it was blocked but was not going to admit it was me. It is so embarrassing!! He states he has not been for a #2 today and I claimed the same. Tried a coat hanger did not work, but inevitably I needed the loo and housemate said I couldn’t use ours, so he forced me to ask the neighbours downstairs to use their loo (embarrasment #2). The nice elderly couple were really nice and allowed me to but there were extra nice when they gave me a pink potty to use till we fixed the problem (embarrassment #3). What are a couple of elderly folks doing with a potty? Anyway I am trying the hot water trick as don’t really want to pay a plumber. Will keep you informed of progress.

glogansr October 1, 2007, 2:16 pm

My toilet flushes fine at times and then backs up at others no matter what has been flushed, (either solids or liquids). Just to be on the safe side, I must always have a plunger handy. How can I prevent future backups?

Marie October 1, 2007, 4:15 pm

You are my hero!! The hot water thing did the trick. I couldn’t believe it. It works. I added some washing up liquid like some posters suggested and with some plunging, it worked. Saved money on calling out a plumber. You rock!!!

Katie October 15, 2007, 8:17 pm

I’ve got another method for you if the plunging, snake, and hot water fail. After my 2 y/o flushed a mystery object down I tried the above methods for hours. Every once and a while I did get a gurrgle so I think they might have been helping the mystery clog along but the final blow came from our garden hose. Per my Dad’s suggestion I brought the hose in from the bathroom window, shoved as far into the toilet as I could and then packed around it with a big beach towel. (Make sure to get the bowel drained down to almost nothing first and turn off the water behind the toilet). After everything is packed turn on the hose full force and it should push everything out. Worked like a charm; although I do think that all the other suggestions on the site helped lossen whatever it was up first. This is the BEST site to help you keep your sense of humor in a VERY stinky situation.

kim October 17, 2007, 3:55 pm

Please help me with a suggestion! I was cleaning the toilet and then flushed the toilet at the same time I was changing the toilet paper on the toilet paper holder and I dropped it in the toilet as it was flushing!! It is plastic and now the toilet is not flushing right, of course. it is one of those energy flow low water toilets. Plaese what can I do??

Connie October 20, 2007, 3:32 am

I have found the best thing since slice bread to clear clogged toilet. Go to Home Depot and purchase a Kleendrain. Follow the instructions exactly and your clogged will be cleared. I just used it for the 1st time on tonight and it cleared a clog that I had been trying to clear with a plunger for 2 days. It only cost $34.22 (includes tax). I am throwing my old plunger in the trash.

Your Biggest Fan October 21, 2007, 10:20 pm

You’re the man.

dierdre October 26, 2007, 9:13 am

omg, here i am LQQKing up the “how 2 un-clogg” my filled to the rim w/….. its going on 5am, no sleep …the smell would make any mother skunk proud, needing to use my CLOGGed crapper for the last many hours,stumble on here, i start reading , laughing so hard, im about to crap myself sitting in my seat.. you have created a site that not only gives options w/results, but takes a some-what normal person,gone bride of chucky, into a laughable ordeal.. Thank you, write a bathroom reading book, call it the “CRAPPER” take the funniest stories w/ your little poop-its .. get some struggling art student to rough comic blurps,make sure when it goes to print, you demand its laminated 100% (you know why).. any gag gift funky shop , toilet supplier, little short ,cheap,bathroom reading.. please dont forget to put the warning sign on the cover, or it may resultin more PLUMBING…:o) peace to you, and may all your dreams become real..!!! Dierdre

Natasha October 27, 2007, 1:49 pm

I’m a believer! The water and soap thign works. I put in the soap and water and as I sat at my computer thingking this stuff is not going to work. I thought maybe i’ll try the hanger and it was done when i got there.

Thanks so much, I’m a believer!

RonG October 31, 2007, 6:16 pm

This is an amusing, but also informative forum. Thankfully everyone is “coming clean” on this topic. There is enough data I think to definitely indict the toilets, not the users. The following are the facts I derive:

1. Almost everyone has large/long/hard/etc. feces at least sometimes. The consistency of poop is determined by diet, hydration, fiber, medications, age,… and probably a dozen more things. The point is that these are all normal variations of human waste. The people are not ill, slobbish, careless or anything like that. The toilets are not meeting human needs.

2. Nobody wants to be identified as a clogging culprit. What starts out as a private, personal bodily function, gets broadcast to everyone around. I suppose some people even rush to the scene to see the poop and toilet paper that are still visible. Some people probably hold their bowels until another time to avoid possibly clogging someone’s toilet. This is uncomfortable and ultimately unhealthful. Others resort to reaching into the bowl to break up their feces if there is any doubt whether it will flush.

Summary (with a few parting puns): Now that the matter has been exposed, it is time for the manufacturers to do their jobs, and build us toilets that work. They can test them with ping pong balls, but we will test them with the Right Stuff!

s November 1, 2007, 5:00 am

thank you so much for the water advice. some hot water and plunging action – all fixed!

RonG November 5, 2007, 9:39 pm

No one has explicitly addressed the issue of the log that doesn’t even go down into the hole. It just straddles the bowl, even after flushing. I guess I could plunge it into the hole, where it would clog the trap, but then I could go to Page 1 above and follow the procedure there.

Me has to pee November 7, 2007, 2:18 am

Help! I put Liquid Plummer in my toilet – I thought it was safe to use in there..Well now there is this scary white film all the way up to the top of the toilet..Its just hanging out…Will it ever go down? Is it safe for the maintenence guy at my complex to submurge the snake? I’m freaked by all the chemical warnings.

grb November 11, 2007, 4:09 am

Nice site someone asked about Kohler Cimmarron models…

I recently moved into a new house and upgraded to Cimmarron toilets throughout, hoping their vaunted class-5 system and fully glazed trapwayswould prevent the bi-weekly clogs we got in old house, that had standard builders’ standard loos.

No dice — I’m disappointed with their performance ( less clogs , mind you) , but much much worse when they do get clogged, the elongated hole in the bowl prevents any plunger from making a good seal.

However, trying the water bucket trick seems to work, but sometimes it takes four or five buckets and plunging with one of those acccordian plungers from Home Depot.

If I had my choice I would have gone with a Sloan Flushmate toilet — I had one in a hotel room and for a low flow toilet it sure had the pressure. The only down side it it sounded like a F18 leaving a carrier deck when it flushed! However, I can’t see anything plugging that toilet.

Another model name that came up in Google searches was Toto Drake model that seemed to have a good rep.

Good luck….

Eszter December 4, 2007, 6:57 pm

Many thanks for the bucket idea!!!

We bought some fancy hyper super toilet paper lately in the flat share I live. We never had a problem before, using ordinary toilet paper to wipe and clean the toilet seat. But today, the fancy think paper completely clogged the toilet. What a good job for a day off to unclog the toilet!!!

Having no snake, I had the good old rubber gloves from the corner shop and remembered I still had some costume corset boning from one of my uni projects, so I used it as a snake. A few bucket of hot water after made wonders!!!

Many thanks for this site!!! Saved me sooo much hassle

Clint December 17, 2007, 2:13 am

step # 3 worked for me , yeah!!!

Jamie December 18, 2007, 10:09 pm

Interesting! My two toilets (upstairs) are major PITA’s.

This site/post comes up in Google search.. it’s dated Tuesday, April 17, 2001 and was just commented on two days ago. Did you ever imagine this post would be so alive, still?

I’m going to get my husband to attempt your method and I hope it works!

karen December 28, 2007, 2:17 pm

Okay. So both our bathrooms are clogged up. The main bath has water going from the toilet to the tub and the other bathroom is doing the same. the kitchen sinks seem to be working fine. Will this work or are we gonna have to call the dreaded plumber?

kevin December 28, 2007, 4:33 pm

i can’t stop laughing! one of the funniest sets of postings i have ever read! when i left home this a.m. the toilet from hell (clogged by my teenaged daughter need i say more) was still clogged from 2 days ago. the only thing i haven’t tried is the water trick. will do so when i get home. i sure hope to have success as others have.

Name December 31, 2007, 8:47 pm

Good site, glad I’m not the only one. My toilet clogged last night and I had an inch of poo water on my floor, and I guess it even began seeping through the side of the floor and into my neighbors bathroom below me. Uggghh. I haven’t tried the hott water yet, I will hope that works.

P.S. Last night, I used an empty ketchup bottle to suck up some of the water, and then soaked 10 towels getting the rest up. What a fun experience :)!

Nate January 1, 2008, 12:10 am

Hot water and dish soap, just as everyone said. Third bucket of water, and my POS toilet was back to doing as god intended. Thank you everyone!

Nickie January 12, 2008, 6:15 pm

Praise God for your funny situations!! I was so upset ab cleaning up turds off the floor I was in tears asking God please help!! Well, I get on here and read all your stories and God has shown me it’s not as bad as it seems! I was so mad and crying and I started reading this site and I have laughed so hard! Even tho my toilet is nasty filled to the top with dooky water and I cant get the plunger to make it do anything. To make matters worse, my plunger handle has been chewed on by my dog and so I got splinters in my hand as well! Anyway, thanks for making my day with your stories and I pray that each of us gets our toilet problems fixed and we get blessed with a toliet that flushes great and flushes everything everytime!!! God Bless!

subpump hell sam January 14, 2008, 4:06 pm

does anybody here know how to unclog a subpump??? the thing is running but it isnt pumping the water into the cesspool why does this crap have to happen to me?? nothing is clogged up but the subpump!! the land lord is gonna blame it on me as always.. the shower-tub, toilet and sink are all connected to the subpump, so i cant plunge anything to see whats caught, i dropped a tampon from on top of the tank into the toilet the other day on accident…im not sticking my hands in a toilet that i share with 4 other people and not knowing their habits! any advice for me??

miss congeniality January 24, 2008, 12:03 pm

YAY im clearly the biggest dork in the whole intire world hahaha!it took me about 12 buckets to finally flush everything through then it took me another 2 buckets to realize that it was actually going through! But thankyou so much for your internet site it is 4am in the morning and i could’nt wake anyone to fix my problem so i went to the trusty google page and found this! THANKYOU! much appreciated! And it so refreshing to know that im not the only one in the world with a water saving toilet that gets plugged every so often! geez those 14 buckets sure saved me water! :S

Jen January 30, 2008, 5:04 am



Karen January 30, 2008, 11:41 pm

Thanks for the hot water, I have been trying all afternoon, since with taking Imodium, a hamburger decided to go thru me faster than I could eat it. Anyways, I flushed a couple of times, because my husband who uses a ton everytime he goes. After plunging and flushing I ran to the computer and found this. It has been interesing reading that I was not the only person ending the month of January in a pot of _______.It took only three buckets (small plastic trash can because the bucket I recently purchased has taken legs and ran away. The trash can worked great).

Of course I can’t end with all happy endings. I have a small bowl type plunger, how do you get the water out of it. When you lift it and look inside you see it and when you turn it over to empty it, a little drip comes out. And after a few turns upside down, I figured someone else may have a solution.

Anyone have a idea

Jennifer February 10, 2008, 4:15 pm

i cant belive i actually used the plunger and it was disappointing becuase it didnt work …………..

I will eat more fiber I will eat more fiber!!!! February 19, 2008, 5:29 am

Okay, I’m only on bucket #1 of hot water so far…I’m waiting for the water to go down again for bucket #2 (heh heh, no pun intended!) I’ve tried these methods before and they haven’t worked. The last time, about 2 months ago, I had to spend about $85 for a plumber to come out, spend 2 minutes in the bathroom with his auger thingie. That makes 3 times I’ve paid for a plumber & I can’t afford it!

I’m on pain meds, they cause constipation….if any of you ever have to take prescription pain meds, make sure you eat plenty of fiber, use Senna and stool softeners!

I’m praying to the porcelain Gods right now that the hot water will work this time around! Pleeeeeeease!!!! All of these problems have happened since my landlord (who is so cheap that he won’t pay for a plumber or help)…I live in an inlaw apartment and the big bully lives upstairs and would love to get rid of me.

I’ve tried the big old black plastic plunger before as well and that didn’t work either. I swear it’s this stupid toilet with the tiny hole and that darn narrow S curve!

Where’s my old boyfriend when I need him?! LOL

Any brilliant suggestions? I’m afraid I’m going to be calling a plumber once again. This is so frustrating! There are so many funny stories but I guess I’m not finding anything very funny right now…..who know a toilet could cause this much frustration?!

Gayle March 3, 2008, 9:31 pm

Dropped toilet paper holder in upstairs toilet as it was flushing. it was plastic and not solid. Toilets are working fine at this time. Will paper and waste get hung up on this item somewhere in the plumbing system and cause problems later on? I tried with coat hanger but got nothing from toilet. I would like to intervene before problems start. Will the warm water flush help in any way? Have 2 toilets upstairs and 1 downstairs. Will this affect the other toilets? Any advice would be appreciated.

Relieved March 13, 2008, 9:53 pm

Thank you. Seriously, thank you. Your hot water trick saved me from calling my boyfriend and admitting that I’d just tried to flush half a cage full of bunny poo and litter down the toilet because I’m too lazy to take it to the trash.

I might be covered in water and various bits of bunny poo (as is my bathroom), but the toilet flushing… makes it all worth it.

the dang 3 years old March 18, 2008, 5:37 am

Well, 1 hour before we were to leave for our holiday trip the 3 year old sneaked into the master bedroom washroom and stuffed god knows what into the toilet (some j-cloths, full toilet roll, money, etc.) and then of course proceeded to flush. I knew something fishy was going on (mother’s instinct?) because I heard the toilet flush like 4 times in a row. I was confident that my husband…sleeping in the bed just meters away, would investigate…or at least ask who was taking so many dumps…ya right. The teenage son told to watch his baby brother had apparently been abducted by Playstation. I asked my daughter to go up and check who was in the bathrooms…”No one” she said, apparently she checked the wrong one. I finally burned upstairs like I had diarrhea when my 3 year old came down and told me he wanted new cloths because his were “all wet”. I screamed some #$@% at my husband when I discovered the flooded bathroom and the completed flooded heating duct next to the toilet that leads right to our new furnace in the basement. Water all over the basement floor and down the walls.
Shut down the furnace…got out a pump to get water out of the duct…a fan…and Prayer.
Return from vacation week later…..the damn toilet is plugged…plunging, the bucket technique, dumping some acid and tons of boiling water down the toilet . Nothing worked. 4 hours later I really think the plunger is old and crappy.
Well guess what did the trick!!!! Sticking my hand down and way back into the toilet bowl up to my elbow and plunging back and forth like hell is coming to get me. 2 minutes later I hear that wonderfull draining noise down the pipes.
WARNING: This should only be attemped if all the stores are closed and you can’t go out and buy a good plunger.

Drew March 22, 2008, 6:43 pm

Okay. I admit it. I’m a true skeptic.

The background on this is simple. My wife and now my daughter are classic TP whores. I don’t mean to offend, but after countless toilet “episodes” followed by furious screaming and hollering by yours truly, I can say use that term with no remorse.

Today, a Saturday of all days, my last remaining moments of REM sleep were interupted by my wife cussing at the toilet she just backed up. I heard the plunging, the cussing, then the ..HONEY, can you please come here?

Grrrr..we have sensitive toilets, but my son and I don’t seem to clog them up. The ladies have backed up all three of our toilets of late. It has to be the excessive use of TP! Anyhow, thats neither here nor there. The toilet was backed up and after an hour of plunging I was sure I was going to have to call Mike (the Plumber). Mike’s a great guy but he ain’t cheap. So I Googled and found this forum.

As I mentioned, I’m a skeptic. I’ve plunged enough toilets to know that this one was bad. The plunging was not displacing the water. No drainage whatsoever. There would be no snakes (they damage the porcelain) but I was strongly considering the auger (I mean it looks cool).

But WTH, I tried the hot water. Bucket one in the toilet waist high. Waited about 30 minutes. Nada. I had to actually empty the basin. I tried again. As I waited, I was checking my local Sears – they had the auger. I was ready to go get it when I checked back about 15 minutes later. The water level was low. Say it isn’t so? A wave of optimism + another bucked of hot water + minor plunging and WHUUSSSHHHH. The sweet sound of SUCCESS!!!

I’m still a skeptic, but try the hot water. It worked.

Good luck,

Obie March 24, 2008, 6:38 pm

Hey we recently moved into a new house and found out it has a lethargic biff. So I tried the bucket o’ hot water like you said and it worked like a charm. However it only worked for about a month, then the same thing happened again, zippo flush power. So i tried the bucket thing again and this time it is leaking from between the toilet and floor, (just a small amount, but enough for my wife to think the floor will rot away). Any ideas. Also my wife thinks if i have to snake it the toilet has to be removed or i will push whatever is plugging the toilet down and lodge it into the pipes. Is that true?

SoThankful March 28, 2008, 10:46 pm

Our house is 100 years old, and although the toilets are only about 3 years old, there are constant issues. Today, the upstairs toilet became clogged after a normal sized event. The usual plunger process did not work, which surprised us both. It’s always worked like a charm. It’s 5:30 on a Friday night and paying a plumber would not only have been a pain, but more money than we can afford. But we didn’t have much of an option. I am disabled, and it takes me ages – and often help – to get down the stairs. Having this upstairs toilet in the master bedroom is crucial, especially in the middle of the night. I find this site, and tell my husband about the water technique. He gets the bucket, fills it with hot water and adds some bleach. He is 6’5 so waist high is up there – but darn it worked like a charm! We had to do it SIX times, and then plunge once or twice.

As some others have said, the whoooosh sound is like the voice of an angel. My husband’s hands are getting all blistered from the wooden handled plunger. The stress was so high both of us needed to pop a Xanax. The whole process took about 4 hours, with 3.5 of them spent plunging b/c we didn’t know about the water trick.

I can’t say thank you enough. I mean it. Paying a plumber would have meant we couldn’t pay our car note. My medical bills are extensive and we live to the penny each month.

We love you!!!!

Heather and Drew

PS – Um, highlighter guy? I hope you didn’t leave it around for an unassuming roommate to use. Ugh.

anne April 4, 2008, 10:58 pm

Isn’tgoogle amazing? Who would have thought! Your site was the first and only one I clicked on and three days later I’m still lol and I’m not even halfway through yet! Thanks for the laughs and the info. Being low on dish soap I used bubble bath [which I use for all ny cleaning] and on the second try it worked and sure improved the smell.

Roger April 5, 2008, 8:34 pm

Sorry. I have no idea why that posted so many times. I did not do it on purpose.

Megan April 7, 2008, 11:43 pm

Sometimes when I flush my tiolet or use the washing machine the water from the shower/bathtub comes up from the drain of the shower.I have tried Drano, and the water gets to high to use the hot water trick. Please someone help me!

mystry pooper stuck in 5 star hotel with a clog1 April 19, 2008, 10:44 pm

Thanks! i’m too embarrassed to call maintence in my 5 star hotel and um, well, the crapper is clogged. 😉 so at least i have some ideas to do it myself (the bucket of water). Hopefully I can not have to call the cutie pie maintence guy to unclog it.

MERLIN April 20, 2008, 8:59 pm

WhaddaI . Say? ~ I say *THANKS!!* . I tried my Super Plunger… No Workee! –<{8-(( .. I even tried one of my Magick Spells! - Still No Workee! -<{8-(( .. before heading out for Fred Meyer to purchase snake/auger, I gave it the old HOT WATER treatment recommended above.. No bucket, so I used a 1 Gal empty Milk container filled with *HOT! WATER..* Took 5 Gallons and a little more Super Plunger, but the combination did the trick and saved the day! I'm gonna add 5 gallons HOT WATER to the "Clear Clogged Toilet Spell" and maybe reduce the Quantity of "Eye of Newt" a little... (Those 'Eyes of Newt' are getting expensive these days!!) Anyway, *THANKS AGAIN!!* . *MERLIN . -<{8-D*

Kristen April 21, 2008, 7:48 pm

I Love You.


That’s all.

Just kidding – but really, the hot water trick worked. I wasn’t going to believe it – but it really did work. I wish we would have known about it before we had the shat fountain happen 2 months ago at 1am and had the emergency plumbers come out here. 🙂

Communicatio in Sacris April 30, 2008, 11:46 am

After trying to unclog my toilet for hours, I decided to go to the Barnes & Noble to read up on the Superstar Toilet Methods. A lady there gave me this book on alternative methods of dis-communicating toilet inertia. It seemed a Scientific Method of Toiletology. So I got the book!

I really was scared after reading this book on Drano Double-Trouble called “Communicatio in Sacris” by an industry scholar and Doctor-Dentist (Maybe from Harvard Medical School?), you can get the book here from

Anyhow, I felt uncanny to know that a certain big Plummer Guilds use Drano in their mix with deluded Coca-Oil, and even some Hollywood Stars, upcoming Actors, and Personalities involved in the Scientology of Pluming such as Tom Cruise, have not clayed their hands away from this so-called “secret rite.” I got really scared that there are even secret Masonic Orders who work on these elaborate toilet systems in France, that will automatically clean the bowl, and others in Germany have developed a Count’s Bowl that sprays smells and flushing out a bell sound when complete.

In America it is radically different, e.g., I read about this Anthony Cekada who plays a pivotal pipe in waste management on his church properties. I guess he will use whatever line of poison that works for him– whether oil, grease, hair spray, anything that’s valid. He calls it “The One Pipe Order” Method or “Una Cum” Method by using all the lines together, and simply flush. Since, as he says, the material does not matter, but the form of the flush! This product has received some bad reviews though, so I would not buy it.

Then again, I was a little surprised to read about Timothy “Little Timmy” Henneberry, a Chief Router Rooter running under the BP THUC & Company Lineage & Red Flag, wherein he works out of a Miami subsidiary of a Cuban Underground C24 Piping Plant. He writes a Periodical on Ethanol Ethics and on the Moral Energy Conservation Traditionalism Crisis. Henneberry claims to follow a “strict moral” technique called “The Vaseline Spread Flagger” to release the “deep” pressure of the coral pipes by spreading the toilet around with the substance and then applying a powerful thrust with a special snake-rod called the Draco di Spadafora (which a certain crafty but little known Jay Spadafora has developed in Pompeii, Italy in his basement). Henneberry claims it is much easier then the conventional methods. However, in a late-night infomercial, I think he and his cousin (?) Gold Gym Bodybuilder named Steve Henneberry (aka Tower) was on a TV show discussing how many Calories you can burn by this “The Vaseline Spread Flagger” Method. I even saw the famous West Flagger himself, that is, Mr. Tony Little, YEA BABY!

This “Yea Baby” Flagger Method has a lot of intensity. I admit that. But, I cannot say I know much about its efficiencies, so, I guess I leave it to the critics here to decide.

Finally, another “Alternative” is to try the Rizzo’s Kangaroo Plumb (named after John Rizzo, FSSP of Australia, also called the Wagga Wagga Wave), that is to pull the substances out with your hands, and flush manually by waving around a funnel to drain the toilet. DO NOT FLUSH! Allow a wagga wagga wave around the twisting action of pull out the waste. I do not like this one either, since I prefer staying clean in my hands.

Drano is very toxic, I cannot condemn it, but I am very careful around that substance, it could burn a hole in your socks! However, these “Alternative Methods” seem too weird for me, I guess I will take a chance and buy a plunger or just get a new toilet. However, there is plenty of “Safe” Drano available, and I may or may not got with that:


anonymous1000 May 1, 2008, 12:48 am

My toilet clogged this morning. I have snake- cannot figure out for the life of me how to use it. I also have a plunger, dont know how to use that. Then I heard about some magical crystals that can help dissolve human feces. Dont ask me who lied to me. I went to Walmart, and came across Rid-X for septic tanks. It does say that it will unclog drains and safe in toilets. I poured the whole box into the toilet bowl which was a dumb idea. The whole box is supposed to be used for septic tanks.But I did this a little too quickly. So now I made a bigger mess. I have tried the boiling water trick twice- but the problem is, I think the Rid-X has settled to the bottom, and is now preventing the toilet from being flushed. I just dont know what to do anymore. Will this Rid-X ever dissolve?

me :) May 15, 2008, 9:08 am

the hot water works!!

i was babysitting a couple of kids who thought it might be neat to put a massive amount of TP in the toilet.

i only have one of those cheap plungers and i’m not very good at using it and i was not looking forward to calling the plumber out. i googled “clogged toilet” and learned about the hot water thing. i thought its worth a try.

it took a day and a half, plunging for several minutes every few hrs and 3 buckets of hot water but i am definitely a happy camper now. i can crap in my own toilet again!! yay!!

Amber May 15, 2008, 10:38 pm

so i was very uncertain that the hot water step would actually work. This morning i ran out of toilet paper but i found some paper towels. i didn’t think there would be a problem so i used two sheets. Well it clogged. I’m not a very muscular lady so when i grabbed the plunger i had major doubts. After several attempts and many heavy breaths and rests later, i got on the internet. i searched on google to locate something to help me unclog the toilet. i found a nice video that broadcasted the attempt. it worked for that guy but it wasn’t working for me. Then i found this site and decided to give the hot water a try. after a couple trys, i finally got the courage to flush. with bucket in one hand and plunger in other, i flushed. IT WORKED! Thank you very much. I’m moving out soon so i really need to learn the tricks of the trade. Thanks a bunch!!!

Jean May 20, 2008, 7:49 pm

thank you, thank you! it took 11 tries w/ the hot water flushing but that gurgle when the water finally got sucked up is the sweeeeetest music in the world!!

Vanessa June 2, 2008, 5:05 pm

Well my problem I didn’t find on here. Oh yes its plugged all right, the water won’t even go down , any advice besides useing the neighbors can or calling a plumber? Any help would be usefull even if its not for the Porcelain God. I’m afraid to use a snake in the head, the sink and shower is fine.

mia June 17, 2008, 9:15 pm

My problem is when I flush the toilet, the crap comes up the the shower drain into the shower. I have a septic tank system.


Donna July 5, 2008, 2:45 pm

We flushed some potatoes from a roast down our toliet and now it doesn’t want to flush. We already have the water saving tank, which doesn’t have any pressure what so ever. It will flush so very slow even paper doen’t want to go down. i have tried the plunger, wire hanger, the bucket of water trick nothing worked. I’m on a fixed budget and can’t afford to call a plumber or buy a snake what can I do? PLEASE HELP!!

Theresa July 7, 2008, 4:34 am

Well, I dumped a pan of chicken wings down the toilet cuz I didn’t want it stinking up the house in the garbage…..I throw everything in the toilet and don’t ever have a problem. I use way too much toilet paper, I always flush baby wipes, and all kinds of food. I just never though it would cause a problem because I have been doing it for so long…well now I have been plunging for days…broke mine, borrowed a neighbors, and even drove 20 min. to my parents house to borrow theirs. nothing…and after trying for the last 4 hours I am in so much pain cuz I have carpel tunnel and tendinitis and I am going to scream!!!!! I tried everything (without any $$)on this site and nothing. The landloard was suppose to come fix it today and do you think he was even kind enough to tell me he isn’t comming!! ugh and I have a 4 year old that goes to the potty often… I do not have $1 and I am writing this to say I GIVE UP!! well at least for now… and I couldn’t have laughed any harder about all the funny “shit” on here..(btw I am sorry about any spelling errors, I do not have spell check and I am falling asleep!!) *goodnight*

Master Rick September 2, 2008, 3:48 am

Talk about tough act(s) to follow!

Yesh, I have done the “fragrant urine cake hanger down the hole” routine Myself.. and when I had to tell a close friend after a concert, “Dude, piss on the side of My garage”, there was confusion, of course…

But tonight the issue is more immediate. she has a real clog and I am trying to “talk her through it”…

The suspect, Casey .. the evidence – the usual. …

And after we spent the passing hours laughing our ASSES off at real life stories … it was time to get serious… Dish soap .. in this case a discount variety….and in this case tears of laughter added to the bowl helped too… STAND BACK … Pour.. Flush..Watch .. Wait … and yes.. patience is a virtue.

Our nightmare is nearly over …. then, maybe I can eat dinner, comfortable in the knowledge that 3 young boys and their Mom, can use the plumbing as it was intended, without guilt or worry…

As a sidenote .. This shit is better than Comedy Central…and I am just now able to see through the tears of laughter and a “job well done”.

You can’t write better comedy than the stuff we’ve seen here … Ohhhhhh what’s that sound? Do you hear what I hear?

Whooooooosh… ahhhhhhhhhh Plop Plop Fizz Fizz .. Whooooosh…. How do you spell relief?

God Bless You Son,


Forever grateful September 20, 2008, 2:04 am

Thank goodness for this site! IT WORKED! I’m flushing once again after being plugged for SIX (6) DAYS!! Thankfully, we do have 2 bathrooms, but a plugged toilet is a major inconvenience! I hate to get too graphic, but let’s just say I crap concrete and I plugged up the toilet. After lots and lots of plunging, several overflows, and a bottle of drain cleaner, I decided to Google “unclog a toilet” which led me here. As with all the others here, your warm water (I used HOT water) trick worked! I only had to do the hot water trick twice and I’m completely flushing now! Many many thanks! You save me the cost of a plumber and I’m a single mom and don’t have money for that! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Joanne September 28, 2008, 12:30 pm

okay this one is fun ….so somehow there was a clip to a trimmier dropped in the toliet and lets say someone in the house had a stomach thing and used the bathroom now the toliet has shit water in it and we can get it down ….i am about to get sick with the smell and i have family coming out soon, i have used the plunger half a dozen times and that does nothing. If i go get a snake would that push the trimmer clip into the pipes and evetually cause more issues with the plumbing ???? help someone PLEASE

Communicatio in Sacris October 3, 2008, 7:34 am

Wowwwwww!!!!!!!!! Swirlllllllll

That’s the job baby! Yea baby. Thanks for the tips… I got the book, that book on Tom Cruise, Tonny Little, and Hulk Hogan…all who have top tips on tough flushing methods… It’s amazing!

But Tom Cruise’s method is occultist. I dont like it, I dont like it. I warn you about this book “Communicatio in Sacris” – it exposes the bad plumbing methods – but it also gives good advise on normal methods. But, it has bathroom scandals in it, it may not be suitable for all readers. WARNING! Some of the plumbing methods – DO NOT – try at home. Only certified router rooters, like the Dimond Brothers dare try this Communicatio in Shitholes.

But be warned, it is a very dangerous job. Eating shit does not taste too good, just ask Michael Dimond or RJMI Routers Inc.

Drano can work, but sometimes it does not work. You have to be “open” to flushing down the crap in various intervals.

I am glad I got the book, because I cannot afford to make a mistake nor can I buy a new toilet. The prices are going up….sky high like Ron Paul warned, o well!

O before I forget, Master Rick – what belt are you in plumbing guilds?

I wear a purple built right now, trying to move up…

You got some advise?

Anyhow great job, bravo.

Keep plumbing!


Dukes of Hazzard October 19, 2008, 12:51 pm


After weeks of avoiding using our toilet in our ensuite as no amount of plunging by my husband or use of some septic liquid stuff had helped ease the backing up when it was flushed….i had no choice but to go do number 2s in there this morning. As soon as i flushed i knew i should have lived in pain until the second toilet was free…it backed up with a vegence and i assure you after a big night on the town last night, this WAS NOT PRETTY!

I grabbed the trusty plunger and thought id give it a go… after 10 mins of nothing other than myself about to vomit, i decided to hop on the net and see what solutions others offered and along came this.

Basically after scooping as much water out so i started off with a low water level i tried the hot water thing… no go… so i plunged a bit more, scooped a bit more….. more hot water, by this stage i could hear the kids down the other end of the house complaining about the stench!!!! I plunged with all my might and decided to throw in the tiny little last of this septic clearing liquid hubby had bought, plunged away again and…….. thank bloody god! I heard the wooooosh and hey presto i have a toilet just like new! ( well it still is new i only just built this place less than a year ago lol) 2.5 hours later!

Be warned the hot water thing is almost like your boiling shit but it does work!

I am very keen to tell hubby that i was the one that solved a problem around the house that for once didnt involve the children!!!!! 🙂

kitten91 November 7, 2008, 6:22 am

I spent 7.49 on a plunger, that didnt work, went back out and bought some super power drano after listening to my husband for an hour about how I should have got the drano, and that didnt work. Two loads of towels washed later and a floor I had to mop twice. I was dreading calling the landlord since I just moved in 10 days ago!!! Used good old google and found this sight. I am so thankful 3 kids and no toliet, use your imagingation. Of course the toliet is broke now everyone really has to go. lol 5 buckets of hot water at waist level and good to go.Thank you so much!!!

Crystal November 18, 2008, 4:13 am

Ok! So I have a three year old that is ummm a little too curious for my good …. for the past two weeks i have been having issues with our toliet and now today it is TOTALLY CLOGGED… i was in the bathroom and cursing the toliet gods for whatever was causing this and my dear daughter came in and plainly explained …. Takara flushed the rain shower…. Needless to say at first I laughed and then ran to the linen closet to see that our extra shower head is now officially gone … I guess not gone … it’s now raining showers in my toliet … just the wrong way…. WHAT CAN I DO I CAN’T AFFORD A PLUMBER …. IT’S REALLY STUCK ISN’T IT … IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO ??? GOD HELP HER IF I HAVE TO PAY A PLUMBER…. LMFAO… PLEASE HELP!!!

PS November 20, 2008, 8:15 am

Up until a year ago I believed no clog ever needed more than two plunges. But I was wrong. The first time my toilet encountered a turd of doom it was an unmitigated disaster. I managed to get a scrubber stuck in there. Not to mention ruined towels and flipflops that were only fit for a toxic disposal plant. Luckily I was able to shirk the responsibility and the cleaning ladies were there to take care of it.

Not this time. I’ve struggled with this clog for two days. Two plungers, one scrubber, a double sized bottle of Drano, a healthy dose of kitchen soap later I was ready to give up. Then I found this site. I am in tears laughing at all the comments (still not halfway through all of them). I tried the hot water trick and it just stayed there. Oh well, I’ll just go back and read the comments before I sleep. Fighting the clog can wait another day.

Ten minutes later my toilet let out a huge burp. Could it be? I ran to the bathroom and the clog was gone. I’m still not convinced the flush is entirely effective but it’s a start!

Nugget Negotiator December 6, 2008, 7:03 pm

After a night of exhausting all available options I cam to this site and tried everything to no avail. MY gf then called her father who of course came down and plunged the toilet of which my gf clogged with her enormous poop patties…how embarrassing..working all night on a problem and her dad taking a plunger and freeing the toilet..

Lennart December 9, 2008, 7:53 pm

This article saved me from epic embarassment and loss of cred with my housemates. Thanks, Ping!

t.devil January 7, 2009, 7:56 am

this was such a lifesaver! my toilet has been clogged for 3 days now. my toilet’s been giving problems as of late, so i don’t always flush if i only pee. i got up sunday with an urge so great i couldn’t flush away my previous tp leftovers before letting the load go. biggest mistake ever. i shat out a brick and the whole combo got stuck somewhere not too far down(mr. turd was keeping an eye out…)

i have back problems so bending over a bowl trying to plunge away can be quite painful extremely fast. i’m also not used to this plunger i have. *sighs* try as i might to find a regular standard one, nada. it seems store now only carry sink plungers (i guess no one takes big loads anymore…)& i get back from work too late to go to a “specialty” store aka reno depot/rona/home hardware so i’d have to wait till at least friday before goig.

i was walking past the washroom when i hear this burbling sound and without thinking i flush. oh wonders of wonders! and joys of joys! wasn’t it fun cleaning up 3 inches of poo water from my washroom floor. yay for magic clothes. very absorbant indeed!

so i’ve been trying to tough it out…i only have the 1 toilet…so only peeing and throwing the tp in the trash (ewww eww)thankfully i had to take out the trash monday night cuz as soon as i got home i had another massive attack. lemme tell you it’s no fun taking a dump in a bag…i hope no one went thru my garbage last night lol

so since then, i’ve been flushing the pee…and it looked like it was going ok. so when i had the urge again today i was like…well there’s no tp so i’ll at least try and see if the turd can go down (next garbage day isn’t for 2 more days…that’d be just too smelly). i took a chance and well the water went down…but not the poo..ewww

gotta love the plunger on that, then i found this site. i don’t have that snake thing, but it did make me remember that pouring large amounts of water into bowl will cause it to flush, so i tried it..didn’t really give, but then i tried with dishwashing liquid and more water and voilà! my toilet can now flush again yaaay!

there are still pieces needing replacement but at least i can now poo in peace of mind lol

UGH January 20, 2009, 10:08 pm

The water worked for me one time – this time, not so much. I have tried dishawashing liquid WITH the hot water – not budging.

Sweetie February 24, 2009, 4:38 pm

Having permanently screwed up my personal elimination system by waiting till I get home to go, you’ve saved my health, my face, my mind and my marriage. I once had a nervous breakdown after ending a dinner party at a new friend’s home with a clog. At home, I’ve had to put yellow-hazard tape across the door to the master suite water closet more than once. My dream was to have one of those airport crappers that practically suck you to the top of the stool before you’re even done. Lowes sells a toilet that they advertize will suck down something like twenty four golf balls. I was thinking of asking for one for Christmas, but then I thought if they’d advertize one that would actually take care of one good croquet ball, I’d go for it. Tried the water trick–OMG! I am now going to go nowhere without a prettied up plunger, an outfit-coordinated bucket and a smile on my face. I can finally hold my head up high–thanx a million!

Sweetie February 25, 2009, 8:01 pm

Hi–I wrote yesterday…just wanted to tell you it worked AGAIN! At first I thought I was going to have soapy water on the floor, but sure enough–it came up to the top, changed its mind and headed down south. This tidbit is going in next year’s Christmas letter. Thanx a million–

Angela March 3, 2009, 4:35 am

Hey Thanks a lot for the hot water trick–From what i saw of the matter, it seemed my sweet but disgusting boyfriend relieved himself of a mammoth sized fecal matter and plugged the bathroom. He couldn’t get it so for over an hour it just sat there while we contemplated what to do. Finally we google poop filled toilets and we get this site… Thanks a million 🙂

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JoeInTexarkana March 14, 2009, 9:47 pm

We have been in our new house for two years and the water saving toilets regularly stop up – but can usually be unstopped with a plunger. However an episode this past week left a toilet “unplungable”, even after waiting a few days. So today is Saturday and that left me without an excuse.

After reading hundreds of entries here, decided that the hot water trick seemed the quickest and most likely to work without using chemicals.

1. Bailed out the crappy water in the toilet using a plastic coffee container cut in half and an old bucket.

2. Took the “honey bucket” to tub and dumped it.

3. Filled bucket with hot water and dumped it into toilet.

4. Plunged a few times & AWAY IT WENT!!!

Many thanks to the many posts here – kept me calm in the storm.

sarah March 19, 2009, 3:04 am

i flushed my deodorant stick down the toilet.. how do i get it unplugged????

Anthony March 29, 2009, 12:33 pm

My toilet was clogged for the past 2 days. Thankfully, I found this great site and did the “warm water” routine about 3-4 times and now my toilet flushes better than it ever did! Thanks again!

sara April 11, 2009, 3:45 pm

OK After two weeks of alternately ignoring the situation, and using buckets and buckets, I lost count how many. The plunger , etc. I did two things and yes I have one of those##$$$@@@ low flow Kohler toilets, never again, I remembered a trick from a plumber I used for the shower which is pour vinegar into almost empty toilet (use a bucket to empty the bowl and never buy a house with only one toilet or you are in trouble, then put small amounts at a time of baking soda into bowl. This will cause a pretty cool bubbly reaction that is what people used before they invented Drano. Let it sit then after two more buckets, used the plunger as directed here THANK YOU and halleluyah!!!! Also attitude adjustment on this site was the true lifesaver. Lauging while plugging in the trick. Cudos to all.

Rachael April 13, 2009, 6:45 am

I am an idiot and flushed paper towel down the toilet, the water level rose and went down slowly, but then I noticed that the pipe was leaking, just a few drips but enough to know that its not good. I then tried leaving vinegar in the bowl for a day, that didn’t help. Now I am trying to detergent and warm water, and that was going well until the pipe started leaking lots more water due to the pressure… I am a student, and can not afford a plumber so any other suggestions of how to break down the paper towel???

bb May 1, 2009, 5:29 pm

omg my friend clogged my toilet and it over filled. instead of helping me unclog it and whatnot, she left. argh. it’s so gross and i’m a total germaphobe. this sux.

totally ranting. ok so totally trying the soapy water thing… after i clean up again.

Al May 13, 2009, 1:02 am

Man, cheers for the tips! I almost vomited, as the sight of my shitter reminded of a scene from the movie ‘Trainspotting’. I ended up using a coat hanger to pull the paper towels out of the pipe, then used the bucket of water method to kill the rest of the bastard blockage. Thats a load off my mind, I’m off to buy some toilet paper!

Simon Abu Dhabi June 4, 2009, 12:36 pm

Well we have had the crapper backed up for 4 days now, tried plungers, proprietary chemicals including an overnight soak with raw Caustic Soda liquid from work. Last night I even went out and bought some 1/2″ garden hose and with industrial rubber gloves tried ramming the hose around the bend but the bend was too tight. Opened the manhole in the yard and repeated the process but came up against another tight bend the hose wouldn’t travel round. And yes the movie Trainspotting springs to mind aswell. Managed to get rid of all the stinking brown water and floaters eventually but it is still not draining freely. As luck would have it the house adjoining ours is still vacant and never locked so me and the Wife have been nipping round there to drop a load or two. I just fear the landlord will catch me with my pants down paper in hand one day with some perspective renters. Anyhow, going to try the hot water poured from a height and the coat hanger, short of that I’m going to have to pull the whole damn thing off to investigate. Wish me luck, nice way to spend a weekend eh!

Ariel June 8, 2009, 1:09 am

Thank you!!! The “Plunge and Flush” technique worked magic for me! It’s posted near the top (from almost 6 years ago!), and even with a not-great plunger (doesn’t properly make a seal over my weirdly shaped toilet) it got things flowing again after hours of trying… Just start plunging a few times to get the water moving, then flush and CONTINUE TO PLUNGE DURING THE FLUSH. I also used a lot of warm water, so that may have helped too… but the “plunge and flush” was definitely what did the trick. Thanks so much for this site!

jeanne June 13, 2009, 2:26 pm

D July 6, 2009, 11:02 pm

I have a flushmate toilet which is a pressure flush toilet and we have had no water all day. had to go to the bathroom and now can’t get the thing to flush! help?

Gayle July 14, 2009, 5:59 pm

Anyone seen anything about or hear of the Toilet Tamer (a gadget guaranteed to stop an overflow)? Wonder if it works? You can read about it here:

Notched July 19, 2009, 8:46 pm

Found your site while searching online trying to buy a plunger that will work specifically with a Sure-Flush Niagara Conservation brand toilet. We’re renters and this kind of toilet that we find ourselves living with has a critical flaw in its design that I can’t seem to find referenced anywhere online: the bowl has a carved notch along the back, so a standard round plunger cannot make a seal around the hole! If we have to plunge, water just shoots up from the plunger at the open space left by the notch in the back of the bowl! Are there such things as notched plungers for use with these kind of toilets? I’ve been google searching but can’t even find a single mention of anyone else ever having this problem. Help?

NT August 10, 2009, 11:40 pm

Hi I need some help. My toilet got clogged with a bunch TP. At first it overflowed but now the water level just raises really high then slowly the water goes out but it does not flush away its contents. Can’t get an auger. Any suggestions?

Kelly August 25, 2009, 1:39 pm

I also love you!! Oh wow.. Okay.. So I was picking up candy wrappers my 2 year old, 5 year old and 32 year old husband left on the livingroom floor and I handed them to my daughter and told her to ‘put them in the garbage..’ Well, I guess she decided that the TOILET was the new garbage..I can’t remember what else was in that handful of stuff I handed her.. But it clogged the crap out of the toilet.. Literally! I overheard my oldest saying ‘dont flush the toilet, there’s something big in there.’ and I was like oh no.. I figure something else ended up in there (small toy, sock etcetc) but I can’t get the truth out of her.. She says just TP, but TP always eventually goees, it breaks up right? So I tried the auger to no avail. I just tried the water trick and voila!! 4 pitchers of water later (just hot tap water from the tub) and it’s GONE! Yeah it took some plunging and what not.. But it’s working now.. I’m still a little nervous to let anyone go #2 in there.. But we’ll have to get over it someday. It’s really nasty to plunge when a turd is floating in there. Icks! I am no stranger to plunging toilets either. This is the first real problem I ever had — thanks!!

M September 2, 2009, 7:22 am

I neither had the plunger, nor the snake and hot (even boiling!) water didn’t work… I poured bleach and some “Drain Gel” – in vain… So, I kept googling and found another website describing a homemade plunger: plastic bags wrapped around a toilet brush. I was VERY skeptical but there were lots of “testimonials” so I gave it a go – believe it or not it worked in about 30 sec!!! Thought I would come back here and share it 🙂

assortedfroot September 7, 2009, 5:21 pm

Ryan, I love you, and I love hot water buckets!!!!!
Thank you!!!

Ken September 14, 2009, 12:31 am

Did all three steps and the hot water did the trick. The auger loosened it up but it was still clogged. Thanks for the hot water tip!

Caution: when extracting the auger don’t get over zealous. mine came out spinning poop all over the room 🙁

Sweetie October 7, 2009, 4:09 pm

Still smooth sailin’ after having hidden a bucket in the bathroom just for this purpose. Just a note—never buy Charmin TP as it does not break up or dissolve. That’s its strength. It will stay together long after you need it to. Thanx again for your great hints and greater entertainment.

Gladiola October 22, 2009, 6:45 pm

I made the mistake of flushing napkins and paper towels in my toilet and i clogged it up badly.

went to buy a plunger, and that didn’t work. (turns out later i hadn’t pulled down the flaps inside the plunger – woops~!)

found this glorious website after reading dozens of “how to unclog” and did the hot water method from the WAIST position 4 or 5 times.

i tried the laundry detergent trick as someone above mentioned, where you put some in the empty toilet bowl and then continued to flush the water.


my dream has come true. this was a nightmare week and i broke down and cried but at least one problem is fixed. now i gotta go wash the towels and clean the wet carpet from the toilet overflow in my bedroom.


swassg November 26, 2009, 2:06 am

Thank God for the internet!!!!! I tried the plunging and wire hangar with no success. What finally worked was pouring in hot water and the clog went right on down! Thanks 4 the tip…it really works!!!!!!!

The 15 year old who is up at 2:23 am.... November 30, 2009, 7:39 am

I guess its my turn to share my little “after holiday” story… So while i’m doing my bussiness i decide to fold up the toilet paper nice and neat. After i finish wiping with my perfect little square (perhaps not little…) it still feels slightly… moist back there. I decide to get a little bit more ( yet again, not little) and fold it up and wipe. I flush… and the hell water doesnt go down. As a matter of fact, it begins to over fill.. at 2 AM and i cant use hot water and a bucket. I have school tomorrow and god dammit im up writing this stupid story. Anyways… the toilet over fills and luckily i have a sham wow in the bathroom. Yeah… i hope someone doesnt use the sham wow to wipe thier face tomorrow. But long story short, The toilet is still cloged and we’ll see bad it is in the morning…

Kyle Forrester December 1, 2009, 1:12 am

Wow. Hot water down the hole. Brilliant.

Jen December 3, 2009, 5:56 am

This totally worked! It was a godsend! I probably refilled that tank with hot water six times and put in three cups of soap, and over the course of four hours it finally worked. Dude, it totally worked. I never write about things on the internet unless they’re totally amazing.

THANK YOU January 11, 2010, 8:00 pm

I just clogged my toilet and repeated plungings were NOT clearing the clog. I didn’t want to call my landlord as I’m female and it’s extra embarrassing for a girl to make a turd that clogs the toilet, so thank goodness for Google + you. The hot-water-in-a-bucket trick is what finally did it!

JB & Hubby February 11, 2010, 7:57 am

OMG my husband and I love these comments – we were able to take a break from plunging and laugh a little. Our toilet has been acting up for a good few weeks now, mine you we do have a 6 year old in the house, and tonight – after a *Cough* ‘shitty’ friend took a dump, or gave one (how ever you look at it) our toilet gave up and died. We’ve been plunging for hours, I actually have a sore spot on my hand that I’m sure will turn into a callous tomorrow. I went to the store, thankfully right before it closed, and all the different brands of drainers say to not use in the toilet (is that because it will eat away at the wax seal?)…I bought a bottle anyway and we are saving it as a last resort.

We added dish soap, let it sit for a few, then added the hot water…I kept reading comments aloud while we waited, and nothing. More soap and more hot water – too hot, we heard a loud cracking sound, no cracks visible – but we are NOT going to add more hot water and have to buy our landlord a new toilet. We plunged some more, but the shitty part about adding the soap, the plunger is having a hard time creating a suction – it’s too slippery in there.
Tomorrow, it’s off to the hardware store to buy a ‘closet auger’ …. and if that doesn’t work, I am calling a plunger and sending our landlord the bill. (We’ve had a similar problem at our old house – it was actually tree roots that had grown into the pipe outside, nasty black roots that the plumber gagged at – then bravely offered to replace the pipes, worth a few grand I’m sure X^P )

I will post again, and I am praying that tonight somehow our turds find a better place beyond our pipes.

Signing off for now, JB & Hubby

P.S. Thanks for the laughs everyone – it made a horrible (planned to be relaxing….ended up disastrous) evening a little easier to handle.

Cathe April 20, 2010, 1:15 am

Until today I honestly thought I was the only person in the world who had the “my poop is too big” problem. This has been a problem for the last several years. You gave me so many laughs and the great info about pouring the hot water into the toilet. Thank you!!!

**Cockayne Crew** May 13, 2010, 7:52 am

Sooooo our story. We’re in a flat of 5 and we have 2 toilets. We’re all female so rule of thumb is we use the bathroom more than most people anyway. We don’t know who did it or how it happened but there was a pain in the ass blockage that only 2 of us got left to deal with. The great thing about it was that it didn’t pong that much, we figure it was too much TP (and maybe a sh*t can’t say for sure.) Anywhooo we don’t have a plunger, it’s too late to go buy a auger thingy, so we decided we’d try #3. Yeeeeah took a few goes but it worked wonders!! (that + dishwash!!) and voile our toilet works perfectly. But to be on the safe side we’re using the other toilet just in case so we can’t be blamed if theres another one!!

We really feel for those who only have one toilet! Thanks for the help!!!

**Cockayne Crew**

maria May 23, 2010, 6:17 pm

Eco toilets are indeed the anti-christ. Ours is just plain embarrassing, i have to warn house-guests to hold the flushing button down till the tank is empty, but still it clogs. So we squirt bleach under the rim after every use of the toilet. Plunger is on standby, but so far it seems to work. Not ecological at all, but you’d think toilet-technology would have come further than this, a flush works by creating water pressure, which needs a certain amount of water, not the trickle my toilet produces. i wonder if japanese toilets block?

Whilst travelling in Thailand we got used to manually flushing toilets with a large bucket of water (Cold was fine). Try this if you have a regularly-blocking toilet a PREVENTATIVE measure (ie when its not actually blocked), just to keep things moving.

This is by far the funniest website i have ever read. Well this and the one about poo-splashing i read to avoid writing an essay.

BB May 25, 2010, 4:24 pm

Had to stop reading, I was laughing so hard. My husband thought I was losing it.

No. But due to his illness, I was the one using the plunger since last night. Hot water helped today. So did using a small plunger that I previously had made fun of (what fool bought this?) – about 4-1/2″ in diameter which, when used on a forward/downward diagonal, neatly sealed off the impossible-to-seal outlet in our Kohler toilet bowl. A few vigorous plunges and I got (a) a bit of sewer smell (a good sign as we’d gotten to the clear water stage overnight; and (b) an empty toilet bowl. Working fine.

Thank you, thank you.

Esther August 24, 2010, 12:50 pm

Well the dishsoap, hot water and plunging worked for me after several hours. One suggestion, flush a couple of times during the “movement”. Try to get the kids to do the same. If they refuse, make them clean up the mess.

Uh oh September 12, 2010, 9:25 pm

there is a banana in my toilet and it is clogged… what do i do?

thomas sabo bee charm November 17, 2010, 7:53 am

many years ago .I was a student ,like English very much ,because some resons I gave up it .but now I want to learn it again .believe me!!GO GO !!!

rickyj December 20, 2010, 7:44 am

Hello all tonite my toilet got clogged pretty bad. I tried using a plunger and a snake which was broken. Then i just kept trying to plunge it. I was outside using an industrial snake,when I heard water leaking under my mobile home. Another problem I think my flange is broken. My dad did some pretty shady plumbing here. So I am going to try the soap and hot water for now. And if it works its a miracle. Then after christmas I am going to get under there and replace the flange and wax and also level out the bottom cause i think thats why it got all messed up it was not level. Thats my dad always doing half ass jobs. So good luck too all of you . I hate plumbing yet I still do it five times a year.

Ollie January 19, 2011, 10:14 am

Thank you so so much! That bucket trick worked and saved me a lot of trouble and embarrassment! Praise the internet! It blocked the toilet so I might unblock mine.

Bill February 26, 2011, 10:33 am

I’ll be dang’d half hour plunging and nothing but a bucket of hot water followed by another one and WOOSH.. thanks for the tip 🙂

Tracy April 25, 2011, 1:32 pm

Plunging and augering on and off for a couple of hours with no results. Several buckets of warm water later and I am back in business. Thank you, wish I had found this sooner!!

Elizabeth May 17, 2011, 9:53 am

I am praying this works! We have two toilets which previously had to be snaked by our apartment maintenance guys. Talk about EMBARRASSING! My husband clogged one of the toilets again (hasn’t he heard of flushing halfway through) and we haven’t been able to get it unclogged and I am too embarrassed to call maintenance again. Well, the second toilet clogged today, not to mention my 2.5 year old is finally potty-trained so we now have 3 people needing a working toilet. Ahhhh! I hate poo!

MistyBlu August 10, 2011, 11:45 am

This worked! I did the hot water thing several times and it seemed to be emptying a little better. Then I added some dishwashing soap to the mix (soap first, then add water, wait a few minutes, flush). It worked! Thanks!

john September 9, 2011, 3:40 am

woow better call somebody to do it 🙂

DC September 24, 2011, 3:18 pm

The third step worked for me too! Awesome!!!

anon November 11, 2011, 5:30 am

I live in a country where I haven’t seen auger and I have a toilet which has four small holes instead of one big one to drain the poo…… grrrrr, I’ve moved into this house only three months ago and I seem to be clogging this toilet regularly. I am very embarrassed now to call the maintenance guys, tried everything and nothing seems to work, someone please help!!!!

anon November 11, 2011, 6:16 am

used hot water and dishwashing detergent and after three times it worked!!!

mike December 5, 2011, 12:08 am

I have a toilet that intermittantly overflows. I am stumped why. The only thing I notice odd is that when I flush, after the initial flush surge, a secondary flush surge happens. Like a double flush with one pull of the handle. There appears to be no apparent blockage. Dont see why 90% of the time it seems fine, then out of the blue it just overflows, even when it is a “no solids” flush for lack of a better word…Help Ping!! Tried Plunging and a sink snake, which of course scratched the tank up….uggg

david neumann January 9, 2012, 9:49 pm

All I have to say is holy &hit it really works. I had to use two five gallon buckets of hot water but it finally did the trick!!!!!! Saved my butt :).

Muharraq January 15, 2012, 12:37 pm

I had a staborn clog in the toilet that was thankfully cleard with the ‘bucket’! Yet, I still have the same problem with the bath tub that nothing helped with, including the bucket! Any idea please?!

Liz January 25, 2012, 12:00 am


Liz January 25, 2012, 12:03 am

muharraq, get that chemical at home depot. its in a black bottle and the bottle is in a plastic bag. you put it in all the drains and let it sit over night if not then you can let it sit shorter time too. I let it sit overnight so it dislodges everything everywhere.

Liz January 25, 2012, 12:08 am

dish soap that is high in surfactant like ajax and dawn can be put in the toilet. you wait a little while and shazam! it works!!

Kelly April 23, 2012, 10:53 am

Thank you so much for the advice! It worked on the second bucket of hot water. I tried plunging like crazy, putting in a bottle of drain cleaner (DO NOT DO THIS IN A TOILET) It did nothing to boot. So I came here and put some dish liquid in the toilet and then two buckets of hot water and away goes clog down the toilet. Thanks for saving me a service call. I would have been so embarassed as I forgot my stool softeners and was very constipated. It was painful and probably quite large as it’s been days and got lodged in there. These low water toilets are great most of the time but not for this.

Kelly April 23, 2012, 11:09 am

BTW, When my daughter was younger she used to throw her K-Tip’s down the toilet after doing her ears and putting on eye makeup. This made a dam in the pipe and eventually paper, etc. made a huge clog, Had to have the toilet picked up and cleaned out and a get new rubber seal. If you have teens please let them know that K-Tips can reak havok on a toilet.

meggie November 18, 2012, 11:03 am

This seriously saved me… I took a major dump last night, I don’t know what I ate but of course it clogged and I was practically having a panic attack, I flushed and the water overflowed everywhere, it was disgusting. Even worse, my friends were coming over in half an hour and I had to clean it up pronto then just leave the clogged up poo in there and warn them not to use that bathroom. This morning, after unsuccessful clogging and sticking a stick down the hole, I did the warm water thing and it worked. I shouted for joy!! Thanks so much!

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