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    Default Toilet clogged, augered it, still clogged, removed toilet and still clogged. Help!

    My toilet flushes real slow. Seemed like something got stuck in there so I got a closet auger and snaked it to death but nothing came out. Seems like the auger gets stuck on something halfway but when I push it with force it finally goes through.

    After all that snaking it still flushes slowly or gets clogged. So I finally removed the toilet and turns out there's nothing on the other end!

    So I put the toilet in the bathtub and tried the method of pouring lots of water in it nice and fast and sure enough it was still clogged. I ran the auger back into the toilet but this time I did it on the other end since I had it out.

    Ran more water through it afterward and some peices of toilet paper came out. Now it seems like the water goes through it pretty quick. But I'm not convinced however. Water goes down it quick but you don't hear the usual gurggle at the end when the toilet is flushed.

    It feels like to me something is stuck in there halfway and when you flush toilet paper down there then it gets snagged onto that object. When I run my auger through it it still gets stuck halfway. Can't get my hands in on the other end since the opening is kind of small.

    What should I do next?

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    This problem is often caused by an object that has been flushed. Small children of try to flush things like GI Joe, Barbie, etc.. Snakes and augers go past them without out dislodging them. Usually they can be reached from the bottom, but you may need to be creative and find something that will get where you can't reach. Plumbers can list an unbelievable number of things they have gotten out of toilets with this problem, and not always things that kids put in.

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    Any suggestions what I can use besides the auger?

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    I'm thinking about getting this claw from sears:


    However it looks like its out of stock at my local sears. Any ideas where I can get something similar?

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    Sometimes, just a little inspection mirror, a bent coat hanger and some luck is all it take to locate and remove whatever is stuck. the pros tend to use an aguer with a fairly large head...some of the less expensive ones available won't catch much.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

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    Forum Admin, Expert Plumber Terry's Avatar
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    If you can't remove the object, it my be cheaper in the long run to replace the bowl.
    I have had bowls that were impossible to fix before. When it starts consuming your life, you have to ask yourself. How much do I like this dang toilet that is all plugged up? Could I fall in love with a "new" toilet, and would the relationship be a better and more lasting one?
    Your call.

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