Fixing Toilet Clogs

Sometimes calling a plumber is costly and unavoidable. But it’s always a good idea to try to fix the problem yourself, especially for something as straightforward as a clogged toilet, before you pick up the phone and open up your wallet.

Before you do anything, put plenty of newspaper down around the toilet, just in case of an overflow. The next thing to do is put on a pair of rubber gloves and feel around in the toilet for any obvious obstruction. Simply depositing too much toilet paper can be a major cause of a clogged toilet.

If the toilet is still clogged, it may be time for the plunger. The plunger should be pushed in slowly and pulled out quickly several times. After plunging for a few times, try flushing again; if necessary, use the plunger again and flush until you are sure that the blockage has disappeared. Using a heavy duty plunger and not one of the cheaper plastic types should be able to clear the drain.

A long curved piece of wire known as an auger, or a snake is a useful thing to keep in your home; this is designed to reach around the curved part of the pipe, which is where many toilet blockages occur. It’s also designed to not damage your toilet bowl or pipe. You can find toilet snakes at your local hardware store along with other toilet clog solutions. The snake can be used along with the plunger; again, flush and repeat the process when necessary.

If plunging doesn’t fix the problem, try using a wet/dry industrial style vacuum cleaner to suck the water from the bowl and hopefully, the obstruction from the pipe. You can also try using drain cleaning chemicals, available at any hardware store; although if the blockage is caused by an object, these may not work.

And if none of the above methods work? Then it may be time to call in the plumber. But it’s certainly worth trying to fix a clogged toilet problem yourself; a surprisingly large number of blockages aren’t that difficult to remove.

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