Learning how to unclog a toilet is a basic, necessary skill that will serve you well for your entire life. If you don’t know how to fix a clogged toilet yet, don’t worry! This guide has everything you need to know, from what you’ll need to things you should avoid doing when your toilet is clogged.
Pull Out Your Trusty Plunger
If you find yourself with a clogged toilet, first see if it will flush with a little extra water. Remove the tank lid and lift the flapper to let a couple of cups of water into the bowl. If the water doesn’t go down, it’s time to reach for some rubber gloves and a plunger.
If you have a plunger with an extension flange on the end of the bell shape, it will work better for your toilet, so get one if you can. Then follow these steps:
- With enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger, line the bell up to the hole and push in and out.
- Your first plunge should be gentle to force air out of the bell and avoid spraying water everywhere.
- Once the seal is established, push in and out vigorously to force water in both directions. Be persistent.
When should I call a toilet plumber?
If plunging doesn’t work after you’ve given it all your effort, the next step is to pull up the toilet. This process involves partial disassembly of your toilet. We don’t recommend tackling this major toilet surgery on your own unless you’re an experienced DIYer. If you notice that other drains are clogged or backed up, you have a bigger plumbing issue on your hands. It’s time to call a toilet plumber if you aren’t comfortable disassembling your toilet or suspect a deeper problem.
Things You Should Avoid
To help you prevent toilet clogs and follow best practices while a toilet is clogged, consider these tips:
- Avoid using chemicals on clogs. They’re incredibly corrosive and can cause you and your plumbing damage. On top of that, they sometimes don’t work!
- Never put anything besides human waste and toilet paper down the toilet, especially wax, grease and other hardening compounds.
- If you have small children, prevent clogs by keeping the toilet cover down when not in use.
Contact Parker & Sons Plumbing today for more information or to begin a service request.