Clogged Toilet

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Depending on the circumstance, a clogged toilet can go in either direction in terms of a simple fix or a visit from the plumber. Before you begin incessantly flushing and using a cheap plunger, there are some other steps that will transition your toilet issue into a quick-fix solution. If you notice water backing up in the sink or bathtub, it could be a problem with the mainline, and may require the attention of a plumber. But if you're dealing with the toilet alone, here are some quick tips.

The Plunger

Our first instinct is to purchase the light-suction plumbers, but they often do not work, since you need as much weight and suction as possible to push foreign objects into circulation. A ball-shaped plunger of the heavy duty type will do, or a collapsible plunger will apply the necessary pressure.

When plunging, you want to make sure you have as much water working to your advantage to flush out the blockage. Don't plunge too hard. Apply enough pressure to make sure the water is being sucked in and out. The entire drain hole should be covered when plunging for extra pressure.

Going Fishing

If the plunger doesn't work, then a snake will be necessary, or a simple coat wire. In the case of using wiring, apply a cloth or tape at the end to avoid scratches on the porcelain. You would essentially be doing the same thing with a manual snake, inserting and twisting in a circular motion until the object is either flushed down or removed manually. If you want to be on the safe side, purchase a snake, preferably closet auger, since this is what professional plumbers tend to use anyway.

With a plumbing snake, you can get a better reach for the object by feeding the snake until it is removed.

That didn't work. Now what?

If all else has failed, you still have options. You can also use a simple mixture of a 1/2 cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar. This mixture will formulate a chemical process that will break down organic matter in the drain. Allow to sit for at least five minutes. In severe cases, you may want to leave it overnight.

You're next bet is to use a wet vac to suck up any water in the toilet bowl. When all of the water is gone, insert the hose in the drain and clog with a rag to seal in tightly. You can try to suck the foreign object out of the drain with the hose, but if that doesn't work, you can use drain cleaner to break down any matter that may be stuck. This will only work if the blockage is organic in nature.

In most situations, the above steps should be enough to fix the problem, but if nothing is working, it may be time to contact a professional. But, in most cases, a clogged a can be remedied with patience and smart-thinking.

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