I was trying to clean my shower drain with a toilet brush and the toilet brush broke inside the pipe. Now, the head of the toilet brush is stuck about 2 feet down in the pipe. Water will not pass, the head is stuck.

Any suggestions on how to pull this toilet brush head out? I was thinking a toilet snake, but not sure it will even get past the brush head to pull it out from the underneath.

  • It might be time to call a plumber. If you have a snake, why were you using a toilet brush? – Comintern Apr 20 '15 at 3:06
  • @Comintern I don't have a snake. I was thinking about going to buy one to try and get the brush head out. How would a plumber go about this? Anything I could try doing, anything at all? – Al Jebr Apr 20 '15 at 3:10
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    My guess is that they'll have to run a snake down to it and try to get the spring tip or hook tangled with the head of the toilet brush enough that it will stay together long enough to pull it out. Depending on the run of the pipe, you might be able to fish at it with a coat hanger with a hook bent onto the end. – Comintern Apr 20 '15 at 3:17
  • Is the shower drain pipe enclosed in a floor, or can you access it from underneath (e.g. from a basement). Hopefully it won't be necessary to cut the pipe. Cutting/replacing the pipe itself would be easy enough, but access to the pipe could be destructive. – Craig Apr 20 '15 at 10:55
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    Called Roto Rooter. Plumber used a long drill to break the brush head in half, then used long pliers to grab each piece and pull it out. $450 big ones! – Al Jebr Apr 20 '15 at 19:54

Coathanger, cut into a wire, with a hook on the end might work. Push the hooked end past the stuck brush, keeping the hook near the perimiter of the pipe. Rotate the hanger 90° so the hook is under, and engages, the stuck toilet brush. Pull up on the end of the coathanger with a pliers or vicegrips.

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