Picture yourself with guests about to arrive, you find that you have a clogged toilet! Because guests are about to arrive, you need to move quickly and fix this problem now so you can move on and enjoy your plans. We all at one time or another face the problem of a clogged toilet, it’s one of the many accidents that can potentially occur in our everyday lives. When unclogging a toilet, it’s important we follow the right steps before it becomes a major issue or causes anymore damage as a mild problem can quickly turn into a major problem.
Don’t panic, just follow these simple steps to try and relieve this inconvenient dilemma:
Preventing the water from overflowing:
This is so no more water can be let into the bowl and will prevent a potentially flooded bathroom. Simply take the lid off the tank and close the flapper, which is the rubber seal that closes off the flush valve to keep water in the tank. Alternatively, you could shut off the valve to the water supply line that’s on the wall behind the toilet, close to the floor, by turning it clockwise.
Hot water method:
The heat from the water may help to break down the waste, hence loosening the clog. This method is achieved by pouring a few cups of hot water (not boiling) into the toilet bowl. Boiling water is not advised as this can crack your toilet bowl. When ready to flush, make sure you unplug the flapper so water can go through the flush valve and be ready to stop the water to prevent a spill over.
Unclogging a toilet with soap:
If hot water alone didn’t do the job, try adding some soap! The idea here is that the soap breaks down the waste much faster than just water solely. Any soap such as dish soap, hand soap, or even shampoo may help loosen the clog. Simply put a few squirts directly in the toilet bowl, wait as long as possible and then flush! Again, be ready to stop the water to prevent a spill over just in case this step wasn’t effective.
Use a plunger:
The most common remedy for a clogged toilet is a plunger and to your convenience is usually close by in case of an emergency. To ensure your using this tool to the best of your advantage, create a seal between the plunger and the toilet drain at the bottom of the bowl and use a plunging action to force the clog loose. If you have no success after various attempts, wait a few minutes and try again.
Call a plumber!
If the prior steps failed and didn’t provide a solution to your clogged toilet, contact us at Tom Day Plumbing & Drains and schedule an appointment so we can fix your clogged toilet by calling (416) 480-0622 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.