How Do I Unclog a Toilet?
Step 1. Try a plumbers helper (plunger) if drain cleaner has not removed the clog. A plumbers helper is positioned over the hole at the bottom of the bowl and pushed up and down several times to burp the clog through. If you have not positioned the rubber on the helper right some water may splash on the surrounding area. The proper way to use a plunger is to make sure there is only enough water to cover the plunger cup. Use petroleum jelly on the rim of the cup for a tight fit. Insert the plunger at an angle so no air is trapped under the cup. 1 to 20 forceful strokes, holding the plunger upright and pumping vigorously. Repeat several times to burp the entire clog through. Step 2. If it is a major clog a toilet snake or closet auger with a padded end is best to use. Place the padded end in the toilet bowl. Work it in the hole and push the handle down and turn it to push the clog through.
Depending on the severity of the clog, there are a number of a ways to unclog a toilet. Before you begin, it is important to find out the cause of the clog, if you can. Objects like toys may need to be removed with the assistance of a snake, a flexible piece of coiled wire which can be forced into toilet’s pipes to dislodge stuck objects. If the clog is simply caused by a large bolus of toilet paper, it can probably be plunged out. Be cautious about using chemical drain cleaners in toilets, as these may not remove the clog and they are extremely caustic. If you have established that the clog is not caused by a stuck item such as a toy, you need to plunge your toilet. It is an excellent idea to keep a plunger around the house for small clogging issues; try to find a sturdy, well made plunger which feels like it will stand up to hard use, and keep it near the toilet or handy in a closet so that you can unclog a toilet quickly. Start by taking some of the water in the toilet bowl out with
” Use a plunger to unclog a toilet. First push down slowly, centering on the drain hole. Pull up rapidly to unclog the obstruction. If the clog persists, call Horton Plumbing at 734-455-3332 to have a plumber examine the problem. We carry a wide selection of new toilets, including the popular Kohler, and Toto brands. “I just bought a new toilet at Home Depot. Can I install it myself?” Unless you’re comfortable with plumbing projects and have someone to help with the lifting, you’ll probably want to leave toilet installation to a plumber. Horton Plumbing completes thousands of toilet installations each year and is prepared for the unforeseen developments that often arise when replacing older plumbing fixtures. Leave the hard work to us! Call 734-455-3332 to have your new toilet installed today! We carry a wide selection of new toilets, including the popular Kohler, and Toto brands.
The easiest way is by using a plunger. Try quick strokes instead of strong thrusts. If this doesn’t work you probably have a clog further down the drain. In these instances it is best to remove the toilet and use a snake to unclog the drain. Snakes can be rented or plumbers will do it for a good fee.