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Re: Crisis! Head is clogged!
Holy $hit. (seemed appropriate)
I'm wondering what Draino will have done to the joker valve and where in the world it came from. If you have a holding tank, I'm hoping it is as simple as pumping and freeing space. You may still need to remove the plumbing to see if the draino did any damage afterward. Otherwise, you're in a tough spot, as you do not want to get that on your skin or, even more critically, in your eyes. Removing clogged hoses can cause a somewhat high pressure gush. Too bad she's gone, its important for offenders to see what they caused. It often cures them for life.
There is no reason for TP itself to clog a head. It must simply be used in as small a quantity as possible and flushed thoroughly. Most boaters flush little more than what is necessary to stop seeing it in the bowl. They think, like in the house, it will just disappear. In a boat, it must first be pumped up a few feet to an anti-siphon loop and then to a tank or overboard. You need to pump a lot of clean water to clear it out. If you don't get the TP out of the hose, it will probably settle back down near the joker valve and wait to accumulate with the next flush. Then the next, until you are where you are now.
I've had guest clog a head, but have never clogged one myself. There is no need for the adage "those who have and those who will" like in grounding your keel (yes, I have done that). You just need to flush correctly and many do not.
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