One of the best ways to determine if you have a clogged toilet is to look at the water level in your toilet. If it rises above the normal level when it is flushed, the toilet is probably clogged. To prevent an overflow from occurring, remove the lid of the toilet’s tank and close the toilet’s flush valve manually. Push the flapper or ball stopper closed. Most clogs occur when toilet paper or items get stuck in the toilet trap. A total blockage can cause the toilet to overflow while a partial clog can cause the toilet to drain slowly. Continue reading to learn how to unclog a toilet.
A plunger is one of the easiest ways to unclog a toilet. Remove the water from the bowl, leaving only enough to cover the cup of the plumber. For best results, use a flange plunger. This plunger will have a cup that will fit into the hole at the bottom of the toilet. Place the plunger over the drain opening and vigorously plunge the toilet 10 times. On the last plunge, quickly pull the plunger up. If this does not free the clog contact a plumbing professional because excess plunging can damage the wax ring, which can result in larger plumbing issues.
If you can remove a clog with a plunger, you can use a closet auger to try to remove the clog. A closet auger can be purchased at a home improvement store for around $50. Insert the auger bend in the drain opening and carefully push the cable into the toilet trap. Turn the handle on the auger clockwise to push the cable through the trap. If it becomes difficult to turn the handle, pull the auger back slightly and try again until you reach the clog. Continue rotating and pulling back until you notice the water is lower. Clogs are typically broken up using this technique. When the water lowers, fill a bucket with water and pour a the water into the toilet to see if it goes down easily. If it does, flush the toilet to clear all remnants of the clog.
If this technique does not work, it is time to call in a professional. Never use drain cleaners in a toilet. These products can damage the pipes and are not effective in toilet clogs. Most often, if a clog cannot be cleared using a plunger or an auger, the blockage is located further into the drainage system, such as the main drain line or in the vent stack.
Another reason to avoid using caustic acid-based drain cleaners is that the chemicals in these products can dissolve the wax ring located on the bottom of your toilet. The wax ring creates a seal between the toilet and the drain lines. When this ring becomes damaged, the toilet may leak and noxious and dangerous septic fumes can enter the house.
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