How to Unclog a Toilet

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Toilet clogs usually happen at the worst times, don't they? It could be when guests are over or you're running late for an appointment. If your bathroom was used and abused during your Super Bowl party, and it still hasn't fully recovered, there's no need to fret. Getting a clogged toilet up and running again is usually a simple task you can complete on your own. If you have difficulty unclogging the toilet, you can always call the professionals at Mr. Rooter® for help. Here's a quick overview of how to unclog a toilet.

Get the Right Plunger Having the proper equipment makes all the difference when tackling the dreaded clogged toilet. A regular plunger with a flat-bottomed, bell-shaped rubber suction cup attached to a wooden or plastic handle is designed for a flat surface, such as a tub or sink. This type of plunger can't make a good seal in the toilet bowl, which is rounded. Instead, what you're looking for is called a flange or ball plunger. This has the same bell-shaped rubber, but the bottom is contoured to fit inside the toilet bowl and make a tight vacuum seal. Clear Out the Clogged Toilet

  • Slowly place the plunger into the backed-up toilet bowl. Let the air bubble out from inside the plunger as you lower it into the water.
  • Position the plunger snugly over the opening in the bowl, forming a seal that can help you push the blockage out of the pipe.
  • Repeatedly perform a firm, quick plunging motion. This action forces air into the pipes and should push the blockage out of the way. If the motion has the proper effect on the clogged toilet, the water level should begin to fall.
  • Fill a pitcher or bucket with about a gallon of water and slowly pour it into the toilet bowl. If the water level drops, the clog has been dislodged and you're good to flush without fear of causing the toilet to overflow.
  • If the water level doesn't drop, repeat the plunging action. Pour another gallon of water into the bowl to test it once more before flushing.
  • If you repeat the plunging and pouring actions a few times without successfully dislodging the obstruction, it could mean that something inorganic has gotten into the plumbing that can't be dislodged easily, such as a child's toy or other object. If that's the case, it's time to get help from the professionals at Mr. Rooter.

We're here to help! With our extensive plumbing knowledge and professional equipment, we'll have your clogged toilet up and running again in no time. Contact a Mr. Rooter plumber today to schedule an appointment.