It’s your worst nightmare – you flush the toilet, the water starts rising and you have guests waiting to be entertained downstairs. Don’t panic! When you have a toilet clogged, you need to find a solution and fast. If you ever find yourself in this scenario, here is exactly what you need to do to clear a clog.
Grab The Plunger
The majority of all toilet clogs can be fixed with a toilet plunger. All you need to do is put on some rubber gloves and place the plunger around the toilet bowl hole to make gentle thrusts. The first one should always be a little lighter as the bell is full of air and you don’t want to end up with water all over you. Once the air is all out of the bell, plunge up and down for at least 15 to 20 times while maintaining the seal. This will force water in both directions and should loosen most clogs. If nothing seems to be happening move onto the next step.
Add Dishwasher Liquid
With some luck you may have at least caused the clog to loosen a little. Now it’s time to try squeezing a little liquid soap into your toilet. The soap should be able to loosen and break up some of the clog. Just pour some into the bowl, add water, and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes. If water starts to rise once again, open the lid and use the float to stop the water. If this method didn’t work, then move on to the next step.
Try The Toilet Snake
The toilet snake is a long wire coil that you feed into the pipes to clear up a clog. Once you get it into the toilet as far as you can go, you need to start turning it. This will allow the tip to break up the clog and get the matter free so that you can finally get back to your guests as if nothing happened. But if you’ve given it a few attempts and nothing has worked yet, it is time to move on to your final step.
Call A Plumber
The next step usually involves pulling up the toilet and getting directly to the source. But with guests over, you probably don’t want to spend the next couple of hours in the bathroom dismantling your toilet. That’s when you direct guests to your other bathroom and call a plumber. Only a plumber can determine if the drains are plugged or if the problem lies even further down in your plumbing system. At Faucet Fix, we can handle all your plumbing hiccups. We also carry all the parts that are necessary to fix any issues you may have. Call us today – whether you’re stuck with an emergency clog or need expert service and advice – we’re happy to help!