When removing my toilet, a piece of wax approximately the size of a golf ball fell into the drain. I can't reach it with my arm. What would be the best way to address this? I imagine this could lead to serious blockage.
Assuming anything like a normal, to code, plumbing install:
Unlikely to be a problem.
Per (IBC) code:
Toilets are installed on a 3" pipe, minimum.
Drain pipe sizes stay the same or get larger in the direction of flow - never smaller.
A golf-ball sized hunk of wax is much smaller than 3" - otherwise it couldn't have fallen in the pipe. Therefore, it should flow downstream until it annoys your septic system (where it should just float into the scum layer until your pump truck comes) or sewage plant operator (who have seen worse things floating.)
- If you can see it, a long "parts picker" may do the trick:
- If you have a drain clean out in the basement or backyard, open it up, put a filter over the "downstream" side, and have someone pour water down the drain until it tumbles down the pipe and hits your filter. Pull it out there.
- Use fabric, window screen, or something similar. The goal is to all the water to pass, but to catch the wax when it gets there. Pull out the filter once you've got the wax in hand.
Using a shop-vac and small diameter flexible tubing, (small enough to navigate any turns and still allow airflow around. You don't want any other content to be found.) gently insert untill it is grabbed. By turning it back and forth you can go around curves. I had to retrieve a cellphone like that. Don't ask!