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A Beginner's Guide To Unclogging A Toilet

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If you flush the toilet and the contents do not go down, you may wonder if it is safe to try to flush it again. This is a risky action to take if you want to make sure that the toilet does not overflow. If the water looks high, and the waste is still visible, you will want to treat the situation with care. Here are some instructions for you to use to fix a toilet clog so that you can use the toilet again without worry.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Turn off the water supply to the toilet before you start fiddling with it to get the water to go down. This will save you the embarrassment and clean up needed if the toilet happens to overflow. Working with a toilet without worrying about water spilling out will make the experience a little less nerve-wracking. The turn-off valve is located on the wall directly behind the toilet. Turn it to the right to keep water from getting into the tank.

Take The Plunge

The first step in trying to unclog a toilet is to try to plunge it. If you have never used a plunger before, it really is not that difficult. Place the rubber flange over the hole in the toilet bowl. Push the plunger down so the flange attaches to the porcelain around the hole, creating a seal. Pull up quickly without allowing the flange to unseal. Push down again swiftly. After pushing up and down three or four times, pull the plunger handle slightly to the side so the flange releases its seal. Try to flush the toilet. The contents will go down if the plunging worked.

Slide In A Snake

Try using a plumber's snake to unclog your toilet. This is a tool that is rather inexpensive, that you can buy at your local hardware or home goods store. The end of the snake is inserted into the toilet. It is a thin, metal rod that wraps around a reel. Unwind the reel so the snake lengthens while weaving or "snaking" its way down into your toilet's piping system. The snake will push any obstruction out of the way so water will be able to drain properly.

Scoop Away Trouble

If the water level is still rather high, scoop out some of it with a bowl or bucket. Pour it down your bathroom sink. This will allow you to turn the water supply back on so you can flush the toilet to see if the snake had worked in moving away the material. If not, turn the water supply off once again to try one more method.

Add Some Heat

Scoop excess water from the tank once again. Pour it down your drain. Heat some clean water in a bowl inside your microwave. Dump this into your toilet bowl from a waist-height. The force of the water hitting the standing water may help push the contents down the drain. The warmth of the water aids in breaking apart any solid waste that may be obstructing the exit hole. If you still do not have a toilet that works, it is time to call a local plumber, like Biard & Crockett Plumbing, to come to your rescue!