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    My wife had Home Depot install tile flooring in her bathroom before I married her. The toilet started clogging soon after. It's a Toto Drake, if that makes a difference, and I couldn't get a snake down it, so I took it off. The toilet flange is over 2 inches down from the finished floor with several wax rings built up between the flange and the toilet. It doesn't leak, which is strange, but stuff keeps getting caught on the wax rings when you flush. So here's my 2 part question:

    1: Do toilet flange extender kits work? Do they leak? I would have to buy 2 or 3 extenders to build up enough to reach the toilet, unless I can find a 2 inch one.

    2: Do those cobra toilet augers they sell at Lowes work better than a normal 50 foot snake? I hate having to drag that rusty dirty thing into my house every time my kids flush baby wipes down the toilet, and so far I haven't been able to get a snake down our Toto past the flange anyway.

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    There would not be much sense in trying to clean a toilet's trap with a 50 foot snake. A plunger and a closet auger will be more than enough to clear a toilet. If you need to clean a main line, you do it through a cleanout or you pull the toilet.

    2" too much for a reliable "quick fix". Do you have any access from below? If so, I would cut out the riser, build up the hole in the floor and re-install new with the flange on top.

    What the other options are would depend on the accessibility, position of the closet bend, and what kind of pipe you are working with.

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    Crawl space, fortunately. Rusty cast iron pipe, unfortunately. I've seen pictures on this site of some waxless wax ring things which look like a pipe you glue to the bottom of the toilet, with a gasket at the bottom of the pipe that looks like it goes into the existing pipe. I don't know anything about plumbing, but is that an option?

    Also, these closet augers, will they get down a toto? They're expensive and I don't want to have the same problem I'm having with my big 50 footer and not be able to make that last bend in the toilet trap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djlazar View Post
    Crawl space, fortunately. Rusty cast iron pipe, unfortunately. I've seen pictures on this site of some waxless wax ring things which look like a pipe you glue to the bottom of the toilet, with a gasket at the bottom of the pipe that looks like it goes into the existing pipe. I don't know anything about plumbing, but is that an option?

    Also, these closet augers, will they get down a toto? They're expensive and I don't want to have the same problem I'm having with my big 50 footer and not be able to make that last bend in the toilet trap.
    I've used a Ridgid closet auger but not on a Toto and it worked when paper toweling was flushed. It was on a old whatever installed in 1956 where debris flow was to the front not the rear like a modern toilet. Very difficult to use because you are angled towards the wall and it has a plastic protector to keep from scratching the bowl's surface with the cable.
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    I have never had a need for a closet auger. If a plunger doesn't get it, then chances are something like a kid's toy found its way part way around the bend and would probably need the toilet to be lifted off the flange.

    As for those flange extenders that have a tail that slips down the pipe with an O-ring to seal, they require that the existing pipe have a smooth enough inside surface to seal against, probably not what you would find with old CI.

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    Thank you!

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    There may be ways to extend what you have and make it work. But, if it was mine, I'd go to the drain line, cut it off and start over from there. I'd likely hire a plumber to do it, especially dealing with old cast iron, and wanting to be certain the job with done right. Depends on how much you feel you want to try to DIY. I know things like baby wipes are not recommended to be flushed, but if a Toto is installed on a properly located flange, I think the wipe would flush OK although I'd still work on training the little one(s) about what to flush. I doubt that a waxless seals will work on that much space. They do work well for small distances and irregular fitting flanges, but I'd be concerned about trusting them in your case. I'd opt for a flange set on top of the finished floor and fixing the interval properly. The one place I don't want a questionable connection is the toilet. In other places a leak can be a royal pain, but repairable usually without too much damage being done.

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