Is your toilet clogged? No need to hire an expensive plumber.
If your toilet is not flushing all the way and fills the bowl to the rim when you flush, this could mean that your toilet is partially or completely plugged. No need to worry, with the right tools and a little practice, anyone can be a home repair hero and get the clogged toilet up and running in no time. Here are three simple ways for you to unclog your toilet and help you avoid a household disaster.
Keep It Simple With A Liquid Plunger
The first step in clearing a toilet clog is to reach for the liquid plunger. While many liquid plungers in the market are made with harsh chemicals that can damage your pipes, there are a few like Royal Flush Drain Cleaner that is both safe to use on all pipes and friendly for the environment. A liquid plumber only requires that you pour the right amount into the toilet and wait for it to work its way down and break up the clog. Easy to use and no mess to clean up later. If the liquid plunger doesn’t do the job move on to step 2.
Bring Out The Plunger
One of the most important tools in your tool kit you will come to find is a plunger. 90 percent of clogged toilets can quickly and easily be remedied with the use of a plunger. If possible, use a toilet plunger with an extension flange that will fit your toilet better and give you more suction.
How To Use A Plunger:
- Make sure the water level has gone down to normal levels, otherwise you will overflow the toilet as you use the plunger.
- Put the plunger in at an angle so that the flange is fully covering the drain.
- Push in and out using enough force to create suction, but gentle enough not to spill the contents onto the floor.
- Make sure to leave enough water as you are plunging to get a proper seal.
- After a few pumps, you should see all of the water drain once the clog has been dislodged.
- Wipe down the walls and any surfaces that may have been splashed.
Rent A Toilet Snake
If the liquid plunger and plunger don’t do the trick, then it’s time to pull out the toilet snake. A toilet snake is a wire coil that feeds into the pipes usually powered by a small motor or attached to a drill. You don’t need an expensive toilet snake to get the job done. You can rent one at any major hardware store or purchase a smaller option if you use it regularly. A small toilet snake should be all you need since most clogs are either in the first S-bend or at the floor flange.
How To Use A Toilet Snake:
- Make sure the water level has gone down to normal levels to make it easier to work with.
- Insert the snake down the drain making sure not to scratch the porcelain. Most rental toilet snakes will have a rubber sleeve to protect the bowl from scrape marks.
- Turn on the toilet snake while pushing it in gently down the drain. The goal is to snag the clog and pull it out with the snake or break it up so that it drains with the water.
If this doesn’t solve the problem then your clog is past the floor flange and you may have to pull up the toilet for better access to the drain. This is not an easy task as it will take several hours and you will have to shut off the water supply during the service. Be sure to purchase a new wax ring and mounting bolts to reseal the toilet base when you are done. If you don’t feel comfortable with removing a toilet, we recommend that you hire a professional.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
It’s important to know when to ask for help. If these tricks aren’t getting the job done, it’s time to call a professional. An experienced plumber has the right tools to make ease of the toughest clogs not to mention years of experience.
The easiest way to clear a toilet clog is to never have one. Here are three simple steps to avoid getting a clogged toilet:
- Flushing large amounts of toilet paper at the same time can lead to clogs. Try to keep it to a minimum.
- Keep heavy paper products out of your drains including tissues and paper towels.
- Believe it or not, kid’s toys are a common cause for clogged toilets. Make sure to talk to your kids about what shouldn’t go down the toilet.
Expert Tip: Use Royal Flush Drain Cleaner on a monthly basis to help prevent plumbing problems.