How To Handle A Clogged Toilet

The dreaded clogged toilet — we’ve all been there! The water is rising, and so is your frustration. But don’t worry — it could be an easy fix. So the next time you get into a flushing war with your toilet, follow these steps on how to handle a clog: 

Stop Overflow.

When the toilet is still running, and the water just won’t seem to go down —  the first thing you must do is resist the urge to flush! Panic often sets in, and we find ourselves jiggling the handle repeatedly. The more you flush, the more overflow you will have. So instead of standing in dirty toilet water, take a deep breathe and remove the toilet lid. Find the flapper and push it down to stop water from entering the bowl. Once the water has finished entering the bowl, it’s time to shut off the water supply. 

Take The Plunge.

Now that you’ve prevented a flood, it’s time to get your tools ready! A plunger and plumbing snake are all you’ll need. Now that you have everything at hand, it’s time to take the plunge! Place your plunger in the toilet gently and push until the bell is full of air and creates a seal.  Begin to push vigorously in and out keeping the seal tight.  Repeat this about 15-20 times. If you are making no progress, it’s time to move on to the snake!

Snake It!

If a plunger isn’t doing the job, snake it! A drain snake should be fed into your pipes until it encounters the clog. One you’ve hit the clog begin turning clockwise, this will help break through or into the clogged material loosening it up. If you are still not seeing success — the toilet might have to be removed, and it’s time to call a professional

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