How To Unclog A Toilet

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How To Unclog A Toilet

29 April 2015
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A clogged toilet can create havoc with the rest of the house and cause serious problems if it is not dealt with. A clogged toilet can back up raw sewage into the rest of the house and cause water damage to the walls, floors and area around the toilet. Here is a list of step-by-step instructions on how to unclog a toilet using a toilet snake.

Items needed:

One toilet snake

A pair of safety glasses

A pair of rubber gloves

Steps:

1 - Start by putting on the safety glasses and rubber gloves before you handle the toilet or toilet snake. The rubber gloves will protect you from having the dirty toilet water from contacting your skin, and the safety glasses will protect your eyes in the event that there is splash back from the toilet.

2 - Find a snake that is the correct size for your toilet and that the head of the toilet snake can fit down the toilet without causing damage. Make sure that the head of the snake can turn without force and potentially getting stuck inside the toilet.

3 - To begin, slowly feed the toilet snake coil into the toilet with the head in the bottom of the bowl. Slowly begin to unwind the crank on the handle to spin the head of the snake and begin to force the obstruction lose. Make sure that you don't crank the handle too fast as it could splash water all over and possibly onto your body. Do not flush the toilet during this process.

4 - Continue to turn the crank until you feel the resistance of the clog and feel it break up as you crank the handle further. At this point you should start to see visible signs of debris from the clog come back up into the bowl as it gets broken up. As the clog breaks you should feel as release of tension on the snake that will tell you that the obstruction has been completely broken up.

5 - Slowly pull the snake out of the toilet and let the water drip off it before you completely remove it from over the bowl. With the snake out of the bowl, you are free to flush the toilet and see if it flushes down. If it flushes properly then you know the clog has been completely removed, but if it doesn't flush all the way down you can repeat the steps until the toilet is able to flush.

Following the steps outlined above should clear almost any obstruction, but if it doesn't then it could be a sign that you have a larger plumbing problem that needs to be handled by a professional plumber like Midwestern Plumbing Service Inc.

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When you think about the fixtures in your home that keep you happy, you probably take that bathtub, sink, and toilet for granted. However, if you have ever been asked to live without one of these crucial fixtures, you probably quickly discovered how important they really were. That bathtub can give you relief after a long day at the gym, and that toilet can become the most important plumbing device in your home if you come down with the stomach flu. My blog focuses on teaching homeowners more about their plumbing, so that you can enjoy what you have and troubleshoot new problems.