How to Fix a Toilet Clog

Keep a plunger handy

The vast majority of toilet clogs can be fixed with just a plunger. So it kind of goes without saying that you’re going to need a plunger (preferably one with an extension flange on the rubber end).  But even with a plunger, there are better and worse ways to use it to fix a toilet clog.  Here’s what you need to know:

Why is my toilet clogged?

There are several possible reasons for a clog or what appears to be one. The most apparent is when the toilet is entirely obstructed. In this case, stop  flushing or else risk a flood. Sometimes a clog is caused by low water pressure. This might be caused by plumbing system, but it might also be because of a specific malfunction.

Assessing a toilet clog and plunging technique

Check whether enough flush water is getting into the bowl, clog or no. In order to evaluate whether a clog exists, open the tank and lift the flapper valve to let a bit of flush water into the bowl and note whether the water level decreases. Make sure you seal the valve after this test to prevent more water from entering. Once you have determined there is a clog, you could wear a rubber glove and try to dislodge the blockage manually. If rubber gloves and poop are not your style or it didn’t work, it’s time for the plunger.

The right way to use a plunger to fix a toilet clog

When you put the plunger in the bowl, tilt the bell of the plunger up a bit and let all the air out (you should see some bubbles).  Then put the bell over the entire toilet hole and begin pumping. The first few pumps should be slower to allow for the air that is being directed into the toilet. Continue as many times as needed until the water starts to drain. Sometimes the water will drain even though the toilet is still clogged. In that case, push the lever until the water level rises again––be sure to keep the plunger in the bowl, but uncover the toilet hole, or things will still flood.

Toilet clog remover alternative (no plunger)

If the plunger isn’t working, you can just allow some time to pass in order for the matter to break up. Alternatively, you can be proactive by introducing a new substance into the water. This ranges from hot water to an enzyme cleaner.  After you put the hot water or enzyme into the bowl, you will probably have to wait as directed by the instructions on the liquid container. If using hot water, give it several minutes.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

In the event none of the above is effective, contact a plumber for a more resourceful look. Otherwise, your toilet should be free and ready to be clogged once again.

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