Some toilet clogs are worse than others, and it's easy to feel a little panic when your toilet threatens to cause a flood. Don't fret, though! Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning, located in Gig Harbor, WA, assures you that you can easily remove most clogs yourself, and get your toilet in working order before you know it.
In this edition of Septic 101, Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning offers these simple tips on unclogging your toilet, and how to know when to call in a professional:
- Turn Off The Water Supply: This step is especially important if your bowl is at or near overflowing. Turn the knob hanging below the toilet tank all the way to the right. This will prevent your tank from refilling while you remove the clog.
- Pick The Correct Plunger: You will find it easier to use a plunger with an extension flange, as these are specifically designed to make a seal over toilet drains. You may also prefer to wear rubber gloves.
- Take The Plunge: Fit the plunger over the toilet drain, and make your first plunge gentle to force out the air and avoid splashing. Once the air is out, it will be safe to plunge more vigorously, taking care that the seal does not break. Plunging about 15 to 20 times will loosen most clogs. If the bowl has emptied significantly but is still clogged, use a bucket to fill the bowl with just enough water to cover the plunger head.
- Know When To Call For Help: Call Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning if your toilet is bubbling, gurgling, or backing up sewage, as the problem is most likely septic tank-related. Feel free to also call if you'd like an expert to talk you through the unclogging process over the phone.
To learn more about septic tank pumping, drain cleaning, and other services provided by Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning, please visit the website, or give the team a call at (800) 699-7854. For emergency after-hours help, call (253) 851-3432.