How To Unclog a Toilet

June 17, 2013

clogged drainsAAA Drain Cleaning fully supports anyone trying to unclog their own drains before calling us. And the mother of all clogged drains, the toilet, is most definitely the one in need of a how-to guide.

Step 1: Flush only once. If it does not flush the first time, it will not flush again, and the bowl may overflow. (Gross.)
Step 2: After donning rubber gloves and protecting the floor, make sure the water supply to the toilet is off. The pipe should be located right behind the toilet–it’s easy to turn off.

Step 3: Get to work in a myriad of ways:

  • Dish Soap and Hot Water Method: Place a few squirts of soap into the toilet. Then pour hot water into the bowl from about waist high. The weight of the water will clear out the clog.
  • Plunger Method: Make sure there is enough water in the bowl to create a vacuum seal, but not too much to create a mess. Using a flange plunger, create a tight seal and plunge with a vertical up-and-down action. Push down with quick, forceful thrusts.
  • Plumbing Snake: This flexible coil of wire can easily curve around the pipes in your toilet and clear out even the worst of clogged drains.
  • Toilet Cleaning Chemical: Only use this as a last resort. They’re available at most grocery, hardware, and “big box” stores. These chemicals are harsh on the environment, so try to avoid using them if possible.

And when all else fails, you definitely need the home drain cleaning specialists at AAA Drain Cleaning!

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