At least once in everyone’s life, they have flushed something down the toilet on accident. The head to a Clorox Toilet Wand is tricky and easy to detach while cleaning the toilet bowl. All it takes is the slip of the hand to hit the trigger release, and down it goes.
There is a 50/50 chance it will clog the toilet. It all depends on how it goes down. So, what can you do when you accidentally flush the Clorox toilet wand head?
There are three things you can do to fish out the Clorox toilet wand head from the toilet. You can fish it out with gloves on using your hands, a clothes hanger, or a snake. You can also use a wet vacuum or remove the toilet to get to the Clorox wand head.
Table of Contents
- Should You Leave the Wand Head Alone If the Toilet Flushes?
- Fishing the Clorox Toilet Wand Head from the Drain or Bowl
- Use a Wet Vacuum To Suck Out the Wand Head
- Removing the Toilet to Recover the Head
Should You Leave the Wand Head Alone If the Toilet Flushes?
Many people wonder if their toilet flushes properly after accidentally flushing the Clorox Toilet Wand head should they do something. Yes, it will eventually move the wrong way and block the toilet if it is clogged in the lines. Some may get lucky, but when it happens, it can get pretty messy.
To tell if the head is still in the lines is by taking a wad of toilet paper and flushing. If the water goes down slow but not the toilet paper, that means the head is still in the line. You can follow these methods and steps to remove the head from the toilet line.
Fishing the Clorox Toilet Wand Head from the Drain or Bowl
These are three different ways to remove the Clorox Wand head from the toilet safely. It is not the best project in the world, but it has to be done.
1. Put Gloves On and Take Out the Head with Your Fingertips
If you can see the head sticking out from the drain, you will need a water-resistant pair of gloves. The gloves should be elbow-length to keep things sanitary. Once you catch the head, you can discard it in the trash can.
This is the fastest way but can disgust a lot of people. Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly even though they did not touch the water. It would be wise to dispose of the gloves too.
2. Try Using a Bent Wire Clothes Hanger
Take a wire clothes hanger and take it apart, leaving it with a hook at the end. Maybe you will get lucky, and the wand head will not be too far down the drain. Since it is a wire hook, it should attach itself to the wand head, and you can pull it out.
You will have to wiggle it around and go down the toilet drain as far as you can. If it exceeds the length of the wire hanger, you will have to try using a snake. You should also wear elbow-length waterproof gloves when doing this.
3. Use a Snake to Get the Wand Head Out of the Line
A snake is a tool plumbers use to unclog drains and toilets. It is designed to probe into whatever is clogging the drain and pull it out. It can also push the clogged spots down further into the septic system.
You can use the drain snake as a last resort for fishing out the wand head. There is a positive side to owning a snake because it can save you the trouble of calling a plumber.
A drain snake is a long drill in motion spring-like pipe that goes down the drain to unclog it. Toilets get clogged, and using a plunger can be a hassle for bad clogs. Within minutes, it can open a drain or toilet.
Use a Wet Vacuum To Suck Out the Wand Head
This method comes in six easy steps to hopefully get the Clorox wand head out of the toilet lines. A wet vacuum is also known as a shop vac and is perfectly safe for soaking up water and wet items.
Step 1: Remove the Filter and Bag From the Vacuum
If the vacuum has an option for dry pickup, remove the dust bag and filter after removing the top. Put the lid back on the vacuum after removing the dry option parts.
Step 2: Put the Hose In the Toilet
Plug the vacuum into the outlet and turn it on after the hose is in the drain. You may hear or feel the head moving when the hose is being pushed in the drain. The opening of the hose should point directly to the wand’s head.
Step 3: Suck Up the Water With the Vacuum
Be sure to check the setting to suck up water if it is a wet/dry vacuum. Let the vacuum suck up the water until you feel or hear the head passing through the vacuum hose. Do this until it gets sucked up, or the vacuum tank is full of water.
Step 4: Check the Vacuum Tank
If you heard or felt the vacuum suck up the head, check the tank. Also, check the hose in case the head is stuck inside the vacuum hose as well. If you see it, your job is done, and you have removed the head successfully.
When you have sucked up the head in the vacuum, remove it and dump the water out. If you have not caught it with the vacuum, move on to step five.
Step 5: Empty the Tank and Keep Trying
There may still be water in the toilet that may keep you from getting full suction. Empty the tank of the water and keep trying until the tank gets full again. Continue with steps one through four until you are successful.
Step 6: Flush the Toilet Once You have removed the head
Once you are finished, give the toilet a few good flushes to fill the toilet bowl back up. It should only take two times of flushing at the most. Check to make sure the water is not bubbling as you flush.
Removing the Toilet to Recover the Head
This is the last resort, and hopefully, it does not have to go this far. There are eight steps to follow in removing the toilet to retrieve the item lost.
Step 1: Turn Off the Water To the Toilet
There is a valve at the bottom of the toilet to turn off the water on the left side. The water has to be off fully to avoid flooding the bathroom or flushing while working in the area. Some older models do not have valves in which you will have to turn off at the central unit.
Step 2: Remove the Lid To the Tank
Take the lid off of the tank in the back of the toilet and set it in a safe place. Remember, the cover is porcelain and can break easily. You want full access to the inside of the tank while you are working.
Step 3: Remove all water from the tank and bowl
Flush the toilet when the water is off. This will empty the tank. Get your wet vacuum or a small container and take out the rest of the water. The toilet will be lighter and easier to handle without spilling water everywhere. A baster also comes in handy if you do not have a wet vacuum.
Step 4: Remove the Bolts That Holds the Toilet
You will notice two bolts on each side of the toilet. Take the bolts off with a screwdriver or a wrench. This will enable you to remove the toilet from the floor. You will need to set the bolts aside so that you can use them again. If they are too rusted, go to a local hardware store and get two more.
Step 5: Remove the Water Line
There is a large bolt that attaches to the tank and the waterline. Unscrew the bolt counter-clockwise until the line is completely removed.
Step 6: Remove the Toilet
Once the toilet is detached, remove it and lay it down on its side. This is the only way you can see if the head is stuck inside the toilet. The toilet will be heavy, so be careful not to throw out your back, so lift with your legs.
If space allows, it would be wise to get a buddy to help lift and maneuver the toilet.
Step 7: Retrieve the Head or Item Lost
If you can see the item, you can retrieve it with gloves or any retrieval device. The item should either be visible at the bottom of the toilet or in the waste opening.
Step 8: Put the Toilet Back
You can put the toilet back in its place once you have the head or item lost. Once everything is screwed down and put back on, turn the water back on. Flush the toilet a few times to make sure there are no leaks.