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OMG! Help!!! Toilet is stopped up with paper towels!

post #1 of 24
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Ok so this is embaressing to say the least but i really need help!!!!! I was cleaning house earlier (still am) and while i was wiping down the counters in the bathroom, i used papertowels. Not even thinking- i tossed them down the toilet then flushed it OMG! It will not unclog for anything!!! I have tried plunging it to death to no avail. I have emptied it about 6 different times and it still overflows. I have tried adding dish soap after looking for help on another site (it does NOT work!!! it made everything worse) and I have tried several different pots of boiling water. NOTHING is working What do i do??? I'd like not to have a clogged toilet when Colin comes home in an hour. Any other suggestions??? I'm desperate!

Oh my goodenss- i never knew paper towels could be soo bad! I can't believe i tossed them in there -i wasn't even thinking straight.
post #2 of 24
You could try a wire hanger opened up and see if you can get it down far enough to snag them. Are you sure you didn't put a dishrag, or real towel? I imagine paper towels will dissolve after a while, but cloth will require a plumber.
post #3 of 24
I'd say either a wire hanger or close your eyes and stick your hand in there! Just don't get your hand stuck or it will be a long hour till Colin gets home! And then you'll never live it down!
post #4 of 24
I think you need to call a plumber. Colin should cut you some slack, you were cleaning the bathroom, ugh! If you were using good paper towels, they can be pretty thick.

We had too much toilet paper flushed down the toilet once, when a certain four-year-old did a little scientific experiment to see how much she could flush down at one time. We had to call a plumber.

Hope you work it out!
post #5 of 24
If you use your hand, stick it inside a couple of trash bags first...

Coathanger can work, too...

But if this is your only bathroom, you're not going to be able to let it stand unused for a day or two while the papertowels dissolve. Plumber might be best...
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
You could try a wire hanger opened up and see if you can get it down far enough to snag them. Are you sure you didn't put a dishrag, or real towel? I imagine paper towels will dissolve after a while, but cloth will require a plumber.
It was paper towels- some really super absorbent ones. Thankyou for the suggestion- i tried the wire hanger but i was unable to unclog it even with that. I appreciate the suggestions though

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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
I'd say either a wire hanger or close your eyes and stick your hand in there! Just don't get your hand stuck or it will be a long hour till Colin gets home! And then you'll never live it down!
I tried both...neithor worked Colin's home now and he's being a total jerk about it. I told him to just chill out- that he was not going to get mad at me because i was trying to do something nice for him by making sure we had a clean home! The he said "clean doesn't include stopping up the toilet with paper towels. Don't you know paper towels don't flush" Uhhhhh! I'm about ready to ring his neck. I have him the plunger and told him to deal with it

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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
I think you need to call a plumber. Colin should cut you some slack, you were cleaning the bathroom, ugh! If you were using good paper towels, they can be pretty thick.

We had too much toilet paper flushed down the toilet once, when a certain four-year-old did a little scientific experiment to see how much she could flush down at one time. We had to call a plumber.

Hope you work it out!
I'm thinking we're going to have to call the plumber tomorrow. He tried to unclog it and was unable to fix it as well -so he poured some drain stuff and said he will let it sit overnight and see if that helps. If it doesn't work i told him i'd pay for a plumber. Uhhh i'm about ready to flush Colin down the toilet today! He's been grumpy all day long
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
If you use your hand, stick it inside a couple of trash bags first...

Coathanger can work, too...

But if this is your only bathroom, you're not going to be able to let it stand unused for a day or two while the papertowels dissolve. Plumber might be best...

Thankyou for the suggestions hon. Unfortunately neithor has worked. I think I will have to call the plumber in the morning. Fortunately though- this is our guest bathroom, so we are lucky and we still have another one we can use.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
he poured some drain stuff and said he will let it sit overnight and see if that helps. If it doesn't work i told him i'd pay for a plumber.
I hope he used toile specific drain cleaner. Anything other drain cleaners can cause air build up and back flash, and even blow up your pipes.

If you do have to call the plumber, make sure you tell them what was put down the toilet in an attempt to unclog it.
post #9 of 24
Yes, what Natalie said -- and keep that bathroom closed tonight, so no kitties will be present if anything should happen...

So glad you have another bath! Whew!
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I hope he used toile specific drain cleaner. Anything other drain cleaners can cause air build up and back flash, and even blow up your pipes.

If you do have to call the plumber, make sure you tell them what was put down the toilet in an attempt to unclog it.
It was toilet specific. I didn't know we had any when i was trying to unclog it earlier- apparently he had it in the back of the counters under the kitchen sink and not in the restroom where i was looking for it. I really hope it works!

Thanks for the info on not using non-toilet drain cleaners on the toilet. I didn't know that!!!

I'm thinking I will have to call a plumber tomorrow on my lunch break if this doesn't work. That or i could go to the hard ware store and get one of those snakes I'd rather leave it to a professional though and not risk damaging the pipes since i don't really know what i'm doing.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Yes, what Natalie said -- and keep that bathroom closed tonight, so no kitties will be present if anything should happen...

So glad you have another bath! Whew!
It's closed That door actually stays closed all the time now- i just redid that bathroom and don't want the furbabies having a party in there and trashing anything

I am soo happy we have another restroom too! I lived for almost 15 years in a 1 bathroom duplex with my mom and everytime our plumbing would mess up- we were miserable! The worst was when my sisters family lived with us for six months- 7 people in a one bathroom two bedroom duplex was NOT fun
post #12 of 24
There is an item called a toilet snake that you can rent from many Home Depot type places. That should work like a jiff and save you having to call a plumber - plus they will probably just use a toilet snake themselves.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by adymarie View Post
There is an item called a toilet snake that you can rent from many Home Depot type places. That should work like a jiff and save you having to call a plumber - plus they will probably just use a toilet snake themselves.
thanks hon! i am not feeling so great right now (home early from work) but when colin gets done with his court cases this morning i will see if he can swing by home depot to pick one of those up. it's worth a try at least.
post #14 of 24
We actually own one (one of the weird things we inhereted from my inlaws when they moved into the apartment) and it has come in handy several times for us and our neighbours!

Good luck!
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
The worst was when my sisters family lived with us for six months- 7 people in a one bathroom two bedroom duplex was NOT fun
Oh dear lord. One week of that, and I would've committed a crime.

Which, come to think of it, would have solved my problem! In solitary confinement, you get a private bath!
post #16 of 24
Let the plumber know that drain cleaner was dumped down the drain so he doesn't get injured while unclogging.

The snake should work-he might have to remove the toilet though (its not a hard job).
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Update!!!!

Colin got it unclogged this morning!!!!!! He left the "drain out crystals" in there last night and then this morning he was able to unclog it!!!!! I'm soo happy!
post #18 of 24
Glad to know that you've got a happy ending to the clogged toilet saga
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by catsknowme View Post
Glad to know that you've got a happy ending to the clogged toilet saga
me too! i'm soo glad he was able to fix it and we didn't need a plumber
post #20 of 24
Excellent! I didn't even know about those crystals -- will have to get some for emergencies.

...And are you feeling all right today?
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I am soo happy we have another restroom too! I lived for almost 15 years in a 1 bathroom duplex with my mom and everytime our plumbing would mess up- we were miserable! The worst was when my sisters family lived with us for six months- 7 people in a one bathroom two bedroom duplex was NOT fun
lol I dont get how people complain about big families and only having 1 bathroom. I live with 5 people and we only have 1 bathroom and we've never had a problem with it in the 12 years that ive lived here haha.
post #22 of 24
I'm glad you were able to get it unclogged. I've been careful because my dad gave me a huge lecture on "feminine" products and flushing. Embarrassing but he felt it was necessary.

Just a couple of months ago, DH came in and said not to use the toilet downstairs. I looked at him and asked why. Turns out that we had lost a large fish and he put it in the toilet without thinking then flushed. Stupid thing got stuck. So he spent the next day getting it out.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by katachtig View Post
Just a couple of months ago, DH came in and said not to use the toilet downstairs. I looked at him and asked why. Turns out that we had lost a large fish and he put it in the toilet without thinking then flushed. Stupid thing got stuck. So he spent the next day getting it out.
That would suck!
post #24 of 24
I'm glad you got it unclogged!

Last year, we went to a dinner party at a colleague of my husband's. She made a wonderful dinner and we had wine. I went to pee and when I flushed, the toilet flooded over... I ran to tell her immediately, it was a ittle embarrassing. Turns out she was putting a fancy guest soap out before the party and it slipped into the toilet! She thought it went down and figured it was O.K. Oops! She said it was the most expensive soap she'd ever bought.
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