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How to Deal with a Toilet Clog

Posted by Tingey Plumbing, Heating & Air
on 08 December 2016
Toilet

Blog Highlights:

  • When using a plunger, make sure that air gets inside before dropping the edges below the water line
  • Lift the plunger properly to allow the air inside before dropping it down the hole again
  • When dissolving the clog inside the toilet, you should use baking soda and vinegar instead of harsh chemicals
  • If a foreign object fell down the toilet and caused the clog, you should check it manually if the object is not too far from the drain
  • You can also use a drain auger if you know how to use it properly
  • You should avoid flushing feminine products down the toilet and you should do an extra flush to keep the toilet drain clear of any clog or debris

As soon as you find out that the toilet is clogged, you should get your plunger right away as there is a good chance that the clog can be found not too far down the drain.

You should hold the toilet plunger over the drain hole and lower it down into the water carefully, making sure that the air is retained inside it as the edges of the plunger are placed below the water line. Make sure that it is positioned in the drain, push it down, and force the air out of the plunger. You should do several rapid up and down movements. The clog may release with a few repetitions, but you might have to do several repetitions for stubborn clogs. Between each movement, you should make sure that the plunger is lifted properly to allow air to go into it.

If the other drains are also not working properly, then the main drain is probably clogged and your plunger will not be able to help you deal with the problem.

If the toilet, on the other hand, is the only thing clogged, then you should try dissolving the clog. Just make sure that you avoid using harsh chemicals. You can pour 1 cup of baking soda, followed by 1 cup of vinegar in the toilet. Let this mixture sit in the toilet for eight hours. The chemical reaction might be able to break down the clog without damaging the toilet or the drain.

If you do know that the clog is caused by a foreign object, specifically from something that fell from the counter, then you might want to roll your sleeves up. Put rubber gloves on and feel the area around as the object might not have gone too far from the opening.

For those who are up to the task of fixing the clog on their own, you might want to purchase a drain auger. This snake-like tool can be found in different hardware stores, but if you do not know how to use it, you might want to call a professional plumber instead.

You should know that if you want to prevent clogs from forming, you should avoid flushing any materials down the toilet except toilet paper. Feminine products should definitely not be flushed down. Some experts even say that “flushable wipes” should not be placed down the drain simply because they do not break down fast enough and because they can cause clogs down the line.

If you want to make sure that the toilet drain stays clear, you should do an extra flush for insurance.

Try to keep the counter space near the toilet, or at the back of the tank clear of small objects which can easily fall in without being noticed.

Small toys like action figures and other small objects have been known to end up in the toilet especially when kids are around. This is why you might want to talk with your toddlers so they will know that they should never drop them into the toilet or play with them in that area.