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Old 01-04-2017, 09:01 PM  
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Default Metal snake and porcelain toilet backup

We have low water Kohler toilets that can back up easily. And there is a trough and slot in the bottom, which prevents using standard plungers to clear backups.

To prevent a metal snake/auger from scratching the porcelain, I got a length of heavy gauge plastic tubing that was flexible enough to shove well into the toilet's S drain, while the back-end remained about a foot or two above the backup water level. The inside diameter of the tubing was larger than the snake/auger head which was not very large..

Using care, feeding the snake/auger into the tube and further into the toilet drain, the blockage was cleared, (and on more than one occasion). Have a rag or two on hand to wipe off the snake/auger when retrieved.

Blockage was gone, and the porcelain remained scratch free.

Also, the auger used was an inexpensive hand crank model.

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