How to Fix a Clogged Toilet

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by pllosangeles No Comments

Clogged toilets are a common scenario in households today. There are even times that this happens when you least expect it. Good thing you could deal with this problem on your own. You simply need to follow the steps below for a fast and effective fix.

First, grab the plunger

You could use a plunger to plunge the toilet.  Push in and out applying the right amount of force and be sure to keep enough water in the bowl. Towels should be readily available in case that some water in the bowl might splash out. Most of the time, a plunger could do the trick. About 90% of clogged toilets are dealt with properly with the use of a plunger. Experts advise that you buy a plunger with an extension flange so that it could better serve its purpose. When you have the right tool to use on the toilet you could even pull a wood chunk from the hole.

One of the signs that your toilet is clogged is a poor flush or a no drainer. You would see that the bowl is filled with water usually to the brim and could even overflow sometimes. Make sure to let the water level drop first before you attack the problem using your plunger. Remember to wait until the water in the bowl is dropped into the right level. It would surely drain in about 10-15 minutes. When you use the plunger and deal with this problem, be sure to use rubber gloves for things could really get messy.

Make sure to follow these steps:

1          The first plunge should be gentle. Do not immediately apply full force on your first plunger for it might cause water in the bowl to blow all over the bathroom. You definitely would not want that to happen.

2          After dealing with the air on your first plunge, you could now plunge in and out applying the right force. The in and out motion pushes the water in both directions which could loosen the clogs in the toilet. Do this about 15 to 20 time until you think it is still necessary.

3          Do not lose patience. Try to alternate the force of your strokes. You could go for several steady strokes then followed by an occasional vigorous stroke.

4          Make sure that there is enough water in the bowl to properly cover the plunger.

Most of the time, doing the steps mentioned above could deal with clogs effectively.

Second, use a plumbing snake

If your effort using the plunger is not enough, you need to try another method using the plumbing snake. This plumbing snake is also called as the drain snake. It is a long wire coil that has a corkscrew-like end. This is fed into the pipe until it reaches the clog. When you hit something hard, that is definitely the clog. What you need to do is to turn the snake so that the tip of the wire would eventually break the clog. There is also a chance that the debris in it could wind up into the wire and you could easily pull it out. You do not have to buy the most expensive plumbing snake for even the cheap ones could do the trick. Choose a snake with rubber sleeves to void marks on the bowl. Also, most of the plumbing snake in the market are just short for most of the clog are found in the first S-bend of the bowl which is just about an arm’s length.


Third, apply the major surgery

If the clog is still there, better pull out the toilet. Even though this is a big task, it would surely deal with the clog effectively. You could easily get to the problem when you take a good look at the toilet when it is not mounted on the ground. Be sure to buy some wax ring and mounting bolts to bring back the toilet to its right place.