Metal snake and porcelain toilet backup

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  1. Jan 5, 2017 #1

    5shot

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    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. :mad:

    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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    bud16415

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    Sounds like a useful tip.
     

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