What to Do If You Accidentally Flushed Something Down the Toilet

What to Do If You Accidentally Flushed Something Down the Toilet

Clogged toilets can be a hassle. It can affect the plumbing system in your home or property.

For instance, clogged toilets can affect water pressure and water-using appliances such as faucets, dishwashers, and washing machines.

So, you must be careful not to flush anything that can clog your toilets. If you accidentally did, we’re here to help!

Here’s a list of steps you can take if you accidentally flush something down your toilet. 

Retrieve the object by using tools at home.  

Retrieve the object by using tools at home

Accidentally flushing something down the toilet, especially something valuable can be bothersome. To retrieve it, you need to first shut off your toilet’s water supply by turning off the shutoff valve behind your toilet or on the wall.

After turning off the shutoff valve, you should wear gloves to keep your hands clean when trying to reach for the object. You’re fortunate if it’s just lodged in the trap opening because you can easily retrieve it.

You can try using a plunger if gentle pressure can help resurface the object. If the plunger doesn’t work, you can try using a bent wire hanger to fish out the item.

When retrieving the object, insert the hook gently and swivel it around to pull it up. If you’re trying to retrieve a metal object, you can attach a magnet at the top of the hook. 

You can start by making a small hook shape at the end and use it to retrieve the object. If you use a bent wire hanger, be careful as it might lodge the object further into the pipe.

Remove the lid of your toilet’s tank. 

Remove the lid of your toilet's tank

If using a plunger or a wire hanger doesn’t work, you can try removing the lid of your toilet’s tank. Most toilets have a water tank with a cover that you can remove even without the help of a professional plumber. 

Before removing the lid, turn off your water supply first. It will help you avoid flooding or any possible hazard. 

Afterward, drain the remaining water from the bowl and see if you can retrieve the object. If this still doesn’t work, you can try removing your toilet from the ground.

Remove your toilet from the ground. 

Remove your toilet from the ground

You can remove your toilet from the ground by untightening the screws that connect to the bathroom floor. After removing the toilet using a wrench or a knife, lift the toilet and set it aside gently.

Then, you can tip it on its side and look for the waste opening. If you’re searching for a smaller object like jewelry, you should check the wax ring as it might’ve gotten stuck there.


If you tried all the steps mentioned above but still failed, you can contact a professional plumber to assist you. This way, you can avoid causing further damage that can cost you more.

Moreover, it’s also essential to dispose of your trash correctly instead of flushing it down the toilet to avoid clogging. You should also maintain your house by conducting regular plumbing inspections for your pipes, faucets, toilets, and drains.

And that concludes our steps to take if you accidentally flushed something down your toilet. If you have other tips or suggestions, share them with us.