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How To Fix A Clogged Toilet

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 28, 2020 7:48:00 AM / by Reid Geiler

Reid Geiler

 

You've flushed the toilet and instead of hearing the water flowing out, you hear that dreaded hissing sound as the water keeps rising in the bowl.  Here are some simple steps on how to fix a clogged toilet.


how to fix a clogged toilet
First, remove the top of the tank and find the flap valve that controls water flow from the tank to the bowl.  When you flush, this valve stays open to allow the bowl to refill.  Be prepared to reach down and flip it shut when you do a test flush.  This will prevent water from overflowing the bowl and getting all over the floor.

Next, get your plunger and get ready to fight the clog.  Make sure there is enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger and add more if you need to.  Plungers work best by using water as force against the clog instead of air.


how to fix a clogged toilet
Now fit the plunger over the drain at the bottom of the bowl.  Make your first push a gentle one, because it will be mostly air.  If you push too hard at first, you will splash the water in the toilet all over the bathroom.  Next, push hard enough to use some force, but not hard enough to break the seal.  If you do, just start the process over.   Give the plunger at least ten pumps.

The clog will either be pushed down the drain or drawn back into the bowl.  Stop plunging and do a test flush.  With one hand near the flapper valve to prevent overflow, give the toilet a flush.  If it drains properly, you have fixed your clogged toilet.  If it's not working like it should, it's time to call a plumber because you may have a more serious issue.  Call the Geiler Company at 513-574-0025 and we will get your toilet working properly in no time.

Topics: Plumbing, Clogged Toilet, clogged drain

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