A clogged toilet is one of the most common and frustrating plumbing problems that homeowners face. But don’t panic! Most clogs can be cleared with a little elbow grease and some basic tools. John C. Flood is here to provide you with a step-by-step guide to handle this messy situation like a professional plumber.
Step 1: Stop the Overflow
First and foremost, if the toilet is about to overflow, quickly shut off the water supply valve, usually located on the wall near the base of the toilet. This will prevent any potential flooding.
Step 2: Gather Your Tools
You’ll need a good plunger and possibly a plumber’s snake or toilet auger. Gloves, eye protection, and old towels or newspapers on the floor can also be helpful to keep things clean.
Step 3: Plunge Away
A plunger with a flange on the bottom is the best tool for toilets. Insert it into the bowl and press down firmly to create a seal. Pump the plunger vigorously several times. This may be enough to dislodge the clog.
Step 4: Utilize a Toilet Auger
If the plunger doesn’t work, you may need to use a toilet auger. Insert the end into the bowl and twist the handle as you push it down the drain. This tool is designed to break up clogs without scratching the porcelain.
Step 5: Flush and Check
Once you think the clog is cleared, turn the water supply valve back on and flush the toilet. If it flushes properly, congratulations! If not, repeat the previous steps.
Step 6: Keep it Clean
Prevent future clogs by using only toilet paper designed for septic systems and using it sparingly. Avoid flushing anything else down the toilet, including “flushable” wipes.
Step 7: When to Call a Professional
Sometimes, clogs are too stubborn for DIY methods, or there may be an underlying problem. If you’ve tried everything and the toilet is still clogged, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at John C. Flood.
Always be gentle with your tools to avoid damaging your toilet. If you’re using a chemical drain cleaner (which we don’t generally recommend), never combine it with physical tools like a plunger or auger, as this can cause dangerous reactions.
A clogged toilet doesn’t have to be a disasters. With the right tools and a little guidance from John C. Flood, you can clear most clogs yourself. However sometimes you might have to replace it, but remember, we’re here for you if you need professional assistance. Our experienced plumbers are just a phone call away, ready to help you clear your clogged toilet like a pro! Contact us today for all your plumbing needs.