How To Unclog Your Toilet

Let’s face it – a clogged toilet is no fun. And an over flowing toilet is even worse. In a few quick steps we will help you unclog your toilet and avoid an overflow.

Step 1: Sometimes this can get messy, so start by putting on some rubber gloves and placing a few rags or newspapers on the floor around the toilet.

Step 2: Lift the seat and place the plunger into the toilet.

how to use a plunger

Step 3: Make sure there is enough water in the toilet bowl to cover the head of the plunger. If there is not enough water in the bowl, carefully remove the tank lid from the toilet, reach inside the tank and gently pull the flapper up to allow enough water into the bowl to cover the plunger. We recommend this method, versus flushing the toilet again, because you can control the amount of water going into the bowl. Also, if you flush a toilet while clogged, you run the risk of overflowing the toilet, creating a much larger mess.

If there is too much water in the toilet you risk splashing yourself, or spilling onto the floor. Empty some of the water into a bucket.

how to lift the flapper to allow water out when uncloging the toilet

Step 4: Let the air out of the plunger by tipping the head of the plunger towards the water surface; you will see a couple of big bubbles come out of the plunger. It is important to make sure you are pushing and pulling with water, not air.

how to properly unclog a toilet

Step 5: Put the plunger in place, and make sure it covers the drain opening; this is necessary to create a seal. Then slowly and gently push the plunger in all the way. Use a series of short pushes until it is pushed in all the way. Then quickly pull up.

the right way to plunge a toilet

Step 6: Use a series of gentle pushes and pulls, with the emphasis on pulling, to create a sort of rocking effect will help move the obstruction. Repeat these steps a few times until the toilet begins to drain.

Step 7: If you needed to empty some of the water into a bucket, once the toilet has drained, empty the contents of the bucket into the toilet and flush. Clean the items you used and gloves with your disinfectant of choice. It’s not a bad idea to take all of your tools outside and spray them off (away from children).

For more toilet tips, advice and parts visit PlumbingSupply.com

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