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How To Unclog A Toilet

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 13, 2020 7:30:00 AM / by Reid Geiler

Reid Geiler

It may sound like a simple task, but there is a right way to unclog a toilet.  

Once you have discovered that the water in the toilet bowl is not draining like it should, it's time to go to work.  In a few simple steps, you should have your toilet back to working like it should.

The first thing to do is avoid having the toilet overflow onto the bathroom floor.  To prevent this, 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 to see if the clog is gone.  This will prevent water from overflowing the bowl and getting all over the floor.


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Next, get your plunger and prepare to do battle with the clog.  Make sure there is enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger.  Add more if you need to.  It might not make sense at first to add more water to the problem, but plungers work best by using water as force against the clog instead of air.

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.


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The clog will either be pushed down the drain or drawn back into the bowl.  Either way, it's time for a test flush.  With one hand near the flapper valve to prevent overflow, give the toilet a flush.  If it drains properly, your work is done. 

If not, 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 make sure you get your toilet back on track.

Topics: Plumbing

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