Unclogging a toilet is a common household task that can be done with a few simple steps. Here’s how you can do it:
- Rubber gloves (optional)
- Bucket (optional)
- Toilet auger (if the plunger doesn’t work)
- Put on Gloves (Optional):
- If you have rubber gloves, it’s a good idea to put them on before starting the unclogging process.
- Stop Flushing:
- If you notice that the water level is rising to the rim of the toilet bowl or higher, do not flush. This could cause an overflow.
- Use a Plunger:
- If there’s water in the bowl, use a plunger to create a seal around the drain hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl.
- Push down gently at first, and then apply more force. Use a rhythmic motion, pushing and pulling.
- Continue plunging for about 20-30 seconds. If the water starts to drain, flush the toilet to clear any remaining debris.
- Check the Drain:
- If the water drains, flush the toilet to ensure it’s fully cleared. If not, repeat the plunging process.
- Use a Toilet Auger:
- If the plunger doesn’t work, you can try using a toilet auger (also known as a plumbing snake). Insert the auger into the drain hole and turn the handle clockwise to break up the clog.
- Be cautious not to use excessive force, as you can damage the toilet.
- Flush Again:
- After successfully unclogging the toilet, flush it to ensure the water flows freely.
- Clean Up:
- Clean the plunger and toilet auger with hot water before storing them away.
- Dispose of Waste:
- If you used a bucket during the process, empty it into the toilet or dispose of the waste appropriately.
- Wash Hands:
- After completing the task, wash your hands thoroughly.
- If you’re concerned about potential mess, you can lay down old towels or newspapers around the toilet to catch any water.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals like drain cleaners, as they can damage the plumbing and are harmful to the environment.
- If you’re unable to unclog the toilet after multiple attempts, or if there are recurring clogs, it’s best to seek help from a professional plumber.
Remember, patience and persistence are key when unclogging a toilet.