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Ten tips for dealing with a Clogged Toilet

By Karin Mangan
Ten tips for dealing with a Clogged Toilet

A clogged toilet is something every homeowner has to deal with at some point. So what should you do when the worst happens?

Five steps to clear a clogged toilet

  1. Do not flush the toilet or you might find the contents spilling out onto the bathroom floor.
  2. Before you try anything else, use a plunger. Chances are you can fix the problem with a few good plunges. You need a plunger with a flange extension on the rubber end designed specifically for toilets. To help the suction, make sure that the water in the bowl covers the rubber suction cup.
  3. If the plunger doesn't work, try using a plumber's snake or toilet auger, which is a long, bendy wire with a crank handle at one end and a corkscrew tip at the other. Slide it into the clog and turn the handle carefully. Using too much force could break the toilet. When you feel the clog start to break up, try the plunger again.
  4. Think twice before using powerful chemicals--they can be effective but if they don't work, you have to figure out how to get rid of a bowl full of corrosive water.
  5. If these simple methods fail, call a plumber. We wouldn't need plumbers if jobs like this were always straightforward. You could end up making the problem worse by doing it yourself.

Five tips to avoid a clogged toilet

The better alternative is probably to avoid the problem if you can. Here are a few precautionary measures.

  1. If you notice the water taking longer than usual to drain away, take action to clear the blockage then--don't wait for it to clog completely.
  2. Don't put too much paper into the toilet.
  3. Keep the toilet cover down so that objects can't fall into the toilet, especially if you have small children who might put things into the toilet that shouldn't be in there.
  4. Don't try to flush away objects that are likely to clog the toilet--for example, put sanitary products in the bin.
  5. Don't get rid of hardening compounds such as grease, caulk, and drywall joint compound by flushing them down the toilet--that's not a problem you can easily fix.

If in doubt, call a plumber. There is no shame in getting professional help even for something that seems simple, like a clogged toilet. It could save you a lot of money in the long run.

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