3 Easy Steps to Plunge a Toilet

All of us have witnessed, at least once in our lives, a flooded bathroom because of a clogged toilet. And whether we admit it or not, the first thing that we tend to do is to panic—which cannot bring any good, at all—it can even make the problem worse.

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Having said all these, a little know-how on how to plunge a toilet can definitely make a difference. Here are some of the ways and tips that we can follow:

Take the Toilet Plunger

In order to achieve a better seal of your clogged toilet, you have to plunge the toilet using a plunger made of rubber. Continue pushing in and pushing out thoroughly to maintain adequate amount of water in the toilet bowl to shield the plunger.

Make sure that you have towels handy, so you can wipe out the splashing water. Quick tips:

  • A toilet plunger is a useful tool in fixing a clogged toilet. This is why you should invest in a high quality plunger. The tool must come with an extension flange located on the rubber-bell shaped end.
  • A plunger that is equipped with an extension flange is a better fit than other types of flange, because it can bring more “oomph” to the plunge.
  • For best results, pull a woodchuck from a hole using a toilet plunger with an extension flange.
  • To clean the sink and drain the tub, just fold the flange back into the bell.
  • When you have a malfunctioning flush, it means that the drain of your toilet is either semi or fully plugged. So you have to allot 10 minutes or more before the water level goes down, and then solve the problem using a toilet plunger.
  • When you have a clogged toilet that is also a slow drainer, the water coming from the flush can fill the bowl partially, but doesn’t really clean and get rid of the waste. With this situation, the water level stays high and will just go back to its standard height after 1-2 minutes. Take note of this fact, so you won’t panic if the water level does not go down quickly.
  • You will not know if you have a clogged toilet until you flush it, so if you feel that there’s something wrong with your toilet, test its drainage right away.
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Use the Toilet Snake

If the toilet plunger failed to open the drain, get rid of the water, and the toilet’s flushing mechanism is still not working, it’s about time to use a toilet snake.

Also called a drain snake, a toilet snake is a long wire coil with a tip that resembles a corkscrew that you connect to your pipes until it reaches the clog. You can turn the snake clockwise to make the tip of the screw goes through the clog to break up the screw.

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All types of toilet snakes are effective in unclogging a toilet. However, there is a special type of toilet snake, called closet auger that reaches the clog on the first bend and spins its coil so it can catch “foreign objects,” which are usually toys.

Pull up the Toilet

If any of the first two steps didn’t work, you would need to pull up your toilet which can last for a few hours. Before you can do this, you need to disconnect the water supply, partly strip off the toilet, and detach it from its mounting ring.

After performing the abovementioned steps, you can already arrive at the main problem. Make sure that you use new mounting bolts and wax ring in resealing the toilet base to the mounting ring.

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If you discover that there are other clogged drains in your house, the problem may be your main drainpipes. If this is the issue, you need to hire a plumber to restore everything in order.

Tips to Prevent a Clogged Toilet

Prevention is indeed better than cure, so it is better if you can prevent your toilet from being clogged so you can spare yourself from all the hassles of fixing it.

The ways to prevent a clogged toilet are easy to follow, if only you’ll be responsible in using your toilet every day. Take a look at the below do’s and don’ts in using the toilet.

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  • Use cleaning solutions properly. It is not wrong to use chemicals in cleaning your toilet, because most of the time, they are effective in busting all the germs and wastes. Just make sure that you use them properly. For example, ensure that you run enough water to drain the chemicals to prevent your toilet from clogging.
  • Always cover the toilet bowl. Even though we don’t intend to drop some objects into the toilet bowl, there are instances wherein we cannot just avoid it to happen, especially if you have small children. Toys and hairbrushes are the most common objects that fall down into the bowl, according to plumbers.
  • Do not pour toughening compounds into the toilet bowl. These compounds can be wax products, grease, drywall joint, and caulk.

Additional Tips on How to Plunge a Toilet

Prevention is indeed better than cure, so it is better if you can prevent your toilet from being clogged so you can spare yourself from all the hassles of fixing it.

The ways to prevent a clogged toilet are easy to follow, if only you’ll be responsible in using your toilet every day. Take a look at the below do’s and don’ts in using the toilet.

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  • Wear hand gloves. This tip may sound obvious and unnecessary, but the truth is we often forget wearing hand gloves before we plunge our toilet. Wearing hand gloves is quite important, because it spares us from all the mess and germs in the toilet.
  • Plunge gently. Remember that the toilet bowl is still filled with a lot of air, so you must plunge as gently as possible. A hard plunge will just throw the air back to the seal and throw water all over you.
  • Practice patience. If you weren’t able to do it on your first try, don’t lose patience. You will be able to do it on your next few tries. You can try monster or steady strokes, whichever will work better with your clog toilet.
  • Maintain adequate amount of water in the toilet bowl. This is to maintain the coverage for the toilet plunger.

Conclusion

Learning how to plunge a toilet properly is a necessary do-it-yourself (DIY) skill that anyone must have. The steps are just simple to follow, so you can surely do it on your own.

Share this article to your family and friends, so they will have a comprehensive guide on the effective ways on how to plunge a toilet.

Trevor Barton
 

Trevor Barton is the Editor of Sweethomeview.com. In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.

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