Toilet Trouble? Stave off the Flood with These Tips

Toilet Trouble? Stave off the Flood with These Tips
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    If you have a clogged toilet, you will want to fix it swiftly and without the worry of an overflow.

    There are several different methods that you can try to unclog your toilet. Here are some for you to try.


Turn Off the Water

You will first want to shut off the water to your toilet so there are no unnecessary mishaps. Look for the valve on the wall behind your toilet and simply tighten it down and stop the water flow. This way, when you try to unclog your toilet, you will be safe from the water overfilling the tank.

Pour in Some Water

Fill a basin or small bucket with very hot water. Pour the water into the toilet bowl from waist-height. When you pour it in, pour it in quickly. The force of the water hitting the bowl from above may actually push the contents down.

Try Plunging

Most homes have a toilet plunger somewhere in storage for situations such as this one. Moisten the rubber part of a plunger in your sink so that it will adhere to the hole in your toilet making a strong seal. Grasp the wooden handle and push downward in a forceful manner. Quickly pull back up without breaking the seal. Do this several times. When you do break the seal, the force may make the contents go down.


Use a plumber’s snake to try to dislodge the material clogging the toilet. Put it down into the hole and wiggle it around. If you do not have a plumber’s snake, you can try using a wire coat hanger. You would need to rubber band a sock or another piece of material on the end of a hanger that has been disassembled. This is done so the hanger does not scratch the porcelain. Be careful that the sock does not fall into the toilet, however, or you are adding to the problem. Wiggle around the contraption and flush the toilet to see if the material was dislodged.

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Baking Soda

You can try a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to try to eat away at the material that is blocking up the exit way. Pour it straight into your toilet bowl and leave for a few hours to start the process. Try to flush the toilet to see if the contents will go down.

Nothing Has Worked

If you have tried all of these methods, you may need to stop. The problem seems to be something a little bit bigger than what the normal person can handle. Give a plumber a call so that your toilet will be unclogged safely.

Information Source: EZ Plumbing Inc.

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