How to Handle a Clogged Toilet

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Toilet clogs seem to happen at the most inappropriate time. What would you do if your toilet overflows during the holidays and you’re about to host a dinner party? Your first instinct would be to call the plumber and have it repaired before your guests arrive. Considering that plumbing emergencies are common during the holidays, it may take a few hours before a plumber gets to your home.

In this article, we’ll show you how to fix a clogged toilet. Follow these steps and your toilet will be operating normally within a few minutes.

Stop the toilet bowl from filling up

If you notice the water isn’t going down, don’t flush again. The more you flush, the more water is added to the tank.

If you’re worried that your flush has a good chance of turning into a flood, you want to take the lid off the tank and close the toilet flapper. Don’t forget to turn off the water supply to the toilet to stop more water from entering the bowl.

Use a plunger

You only need one special tool to clear the obstruction – a plunger. Run the plunger under hot water before using it because stiff, hard plungers don’t work well.

Pump the plunger a few times over the hole. Make sure it completely covers the mouth of the hole at the bottom of the toilet. Keep enough water in the bowl so the plunger stays covered. You know you’ve successfully unclogged it if the water clears from the toilet. Continue plunging until you’ve cleared the clog.

Switch to a plumbing auger

If the plunger seems ineffective despite your repeated tries, you might want to switch to a plumbing auger.  Simply snake the cable right through the throat of the toilet. Give the auger a little extra tension once it approaches the clog. The auger will either hook on the clog or break it up. Flush the toilet once the water has drained.

 

 

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Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet

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Plumbers are no strangers to finding weird things that clog the pipes. When you flush the wrong things down the toilet, they don’t just disappear. These items accumulate in household pipes, pumps, septic tanks and sewer lines, which can lead to potentially costly repairs. Not only that, they also cause havoc to the sewers, beaches and marine life.

Here are 5 items you should never flush down the toilet.

Hair

You grab hair from the shower drain and throw it in the toilet. It’s probably routine, but it can cause massive blockages in your pipes.

A few strands of hair may not seem much, but it can build up and turn into a giant ball that can cause blockage before you know it. Next time you clean the bathroom, just throw them away in the trash.

Medications

So you’re probably thinking that medications are too small that they won’t clog the drains. While there is truth to that, that’s actually not the issue here.

Flushing medicines down the toilet can contaminate our water supply. Think of how much water you’re wasting just to get rid of those pills.

Cigarette butts

Not only do they look nasty floating on your toilet bowl, cigarette butts also contain lots of toxic chemicals that could contaminate the water. Add to that, cigarette filters are non-biodegradable, and may cause severe blockages.

Wipes

Wipes don’t break down as easily as toilet paper, even if they say it’s flushable. Most of them may take months to break down. With its size, it can quickly make a small problem big.

Condom

They may seem small, but they don’t break down in water. They can also be extremely damaging to your septic tanks and septic systems.

Leaving used condoms out in the trash may seem unappealing, but they’re not supposed to be flushed down the toilet. You can just wrap them in toilet paper and throw them in the trash.

 

 

 

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