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Toilet Clog Tips and When It’s Time to Call it Quits

Toilet Clog Tips and When It’s Time to Call it Quits

Oh, the dreaded toilet clog! We’ve all be there, and unfortunately for some, it's happening more than we’d like to admit. As the water begins to rise, and the water keeps running, the best thing you can do is just keep your cool. By being prepared and trying to fight the problem before it becomes a big messy one, you can save yourself a ton of a headache and cleanups down the road. So next time you find yourself flushing away at a pesky clog here’s what to do:

Stop Overflow

The first thing you’ll want to do when you notice a clogged toilet has stopped the chances of it becoming a significant bathroom flood. If you notice the water is still filling up, you’ll want to carefully remove the tank lid and place it aside out of the way. Quickly push the flapper down to stop water from entering the bowl. Once this is done you might also want to find your water supply and turn it off; it can usually be located behind the toilet towards the bottom.

Plunge Away

Now that you can breathe easy knowing your toilet isn’t about to flow over in a wave of grossness, it’s time to grab your plunger. The best way to ensure you are fully plunging at your best is to provide you created a proper seal with the plunger. If you feel like you are having difficulty getting proper plunging suction, you can always warm up the plunger under hot water. Once you have a good seal, plunge with firm strokes up and down a few times. Patience is a virtue. You’ll want to keep trying for at least 10 or 20 plunges.

Try Hot Water

If you feel that you aren’t getting anywhere, you can add a bit of hot water to the toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes before trying to plunge again. The heat of the water can help break up the clog, making it easier to plunge down the drain.

Auger If Your Can

If you still aren’t making any plunging process, you might want to consider an auger. An auger is a snake for your toilet and can help break up the clog.You snake the cable down the hole and turn the crank on the end until it stops. If you are not confident you can attempt this yourself, you might want to call in the professionals.

Time to Give Us A Call

If you have exhausted all options, and you just can’t plunge anymore, there might be a more significant clog or issue at hand. Calling in your local plumber can assure that your problem is quickly fixed and no further damage issues occur.


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