A clogged toilet is one of the most common plumbing problems. However, unless there is a more significant issue at fault, like a collapsed pipe, it can usually be resolved quickly. To ensure that you preserve your pipes and dislodge the clogged toilet efficiently, follow the do’s and don’ts below.
Use a plunger.
The plunger is the best tool for a clogged toilet because it won't damage the pipes or the bowl. To successfully use one, first check that the rubber is perpendicular to the drain hole and sealed tightly against it; this increases the suction power. Then, force it straight up and down for about 20 seconds before lifting. If the clog doesn't seem to break and the water levels don't diminish, leave it alone for a few hours before trying again.
Keep the toilet out of service.
If you made some progress with a plunger, but there is still a bit of clog, be patient, wait a few more hours, and repeat the process. However, while you're waiting, block the bathroom so that no one accidentally uses it and turn off the toilet’s water supply hose. Any additional water could overflow and damage your bathroom and toilet.
Rely on liquid drain cleaners.
The chemicals in liquid drain cleaners are corrosive. While they may dislodge a clog, many people accidentally use too much. Not only could the excess add to the clog, but it could also damage the pipes as well.
Detach anything connected to the toilet.
Aside from turning off the water supply, you don't need to remove anything. Whether it's a hose or a pipe, make sure that you leave any external components connected to the toilet alone. Removing them won't get you closer to the clog; it may complicate the issue further, as you can break hoses accidentally.
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