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How to Unclog a Toilet in 3 Minutes

If your toilet won’t flush properly, you’re probably looking at a clog in the pipe. The best place to start when resolving a clogged pipe is the plunger, because more often than not, plunging your toilet will clear up the blockage preventing a full flush.

If you’d like to try unclog a toilet before trying to find a plumber, the following step-by-step guide will help you unclog your toilet and restore the water flow so your toilet flushes all the way again.

Lift the lid off the tank of the toilet and locate the flapper.

The flapper sits at the bottom of the tank, and it can be found by following the vertical chain down through the tank. Knowing where the flapper is will help you prevent overflowing water, because you’ll be able to manually shut the flapper, effectively preventing water from passing into the bowl and overflowing onto the bathroom floor.

Pour a few cups of hot water into the toilet bowl.

Let the water sit for a few minutes so it has a chance to break up the contents of your clog. Sometimes this alone will solve the problem, and the toilet will return to flushing all the way.

Warm up the old toilet plunger … literally.

Funnel-cup plungers offer the best suction due to their added piece of rubber known as a flange, but you can create a solid seal with even if your plunger doesn’t have a flange. Create the best seal by running hot water over the rubber of your plunger, thus rendering it more flexible. If you need to add water to the bowl so your plunger is submerged while plunging (plunging with air isn’t effective). Focus on creating suction from the clog just as much as applying pressure toward clog as you plunge upward and downward.

Grab a toilet auger.

An auger is one of the professional plumber’s best friends, and it’s often referred to as a “snake” due to the functionality it provides. When plungers don’t get the job done, an auger usually does. It provides you the capability to snake a longer cable down into the pipes, thus physically breaking up the clog at the base of the bowl.
Quick Tips
  • Using rubber gloves when working with the bowl and tank will help protect you from harmful bacteria.
  • Use a flange plunger, not a cup plunger.
  • Creating suction with the plunger is just as effective, if not more, than creating pressure.
Call a plumber
If you’re unable to break up the clog and restore your toilet back to flushing all the way, it’s time to search the yellow pages for plumbers in your area.

A professional plumber will have all the tools needed on hand, including an auger, so you don’t need to spend time gathering tools, learning to use them, trying to fix your problem, and troubleshooting … all while either you or your family need to use the bathroom. Click the button below to search the yellow pages for a plumber in your area.

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