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  1. AOIS

    AOIS Member

    Hi all,

    I appreciate this may not be the right forum for this but any advice would be very gratefully appreciated.

    My wife has accidentally flushed the cardboard toilet roll down the toilet.

    I have reached into the toilet to see if it was stuck however there is no sign of it. I have flushed the toilet 5 times since and there no visible sign of a blockage.

    Is this likely to cause issues and I presume the cardboard is unlikely to break down easily?

    Do I need to get a plumber out or is there no point unless it starts to block up?

    Is there anything else I can do?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    Only time will tell bud you may be lucky if the waters flowing away from the pan ok and not backing up it should break down fingers crossed good luck kop
  3. AOIS

    AOIS Member


    Where is it likely to be stuck? How long is it likely to be if it's going to cause problems?
  4. Dan

    Dan Admin

    I've done this.

    Once it had been long enough to get soggy and flexible I used a plunger and gave it beans while flushing a few times and it went.
  5. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    It would show up within a day or so where it may end up ? Is anyones guess i am afraid i would carry on as normal and if a problem arises contact a local drain company cheers kop .
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  6. AOIS

    AOIS Member

    I can't see it though and it's draining as normal.
  7. Dan

    Dan Admin

    Ahhh okay don't worry about it.

    It's a problem for the future if one at all.

    I've done it a few times to be honest. It's quite weak card it isn't going to last with moisture let alone drenched.
  8. AOIS

    AOIS Member

    Thanks both.

    If it was stuck in the trap surly it would show signs of backing up?
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  9. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    It's probably long gone by now but since you seem to be an "OMG I must do something NOW!!!" type of guy, fill one or two buckets with water, flush the loo and while it is flushing empty the bucket(s) down as well. Aim to get the pan about 3/4s full.
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  10. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR

    Dont panic Mr Mannering . It will rot away .
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  11. Stigster

    Stigster Plumber

    The tube is usually made out of a longer strip of cardboard and turned into a tube and glued. The glue just falls to bits and the tube of cardboard unravels back into a strip. It's highly unlikely to block anything and should wash away and break up.

    A much better scenario than when I dropped my boat level down the 4" pipe into the sewer as I connected a house to the main drain a couple of years ago!
  12. Plubber

    Plubber New Member

    I think that cardboard will just rot away