Clogged toilets in the house can be embarrassing, and a health hazard, to say the least. It is advisable to always be on the lookout and to be up to date with the latest do it yourself guides on what to do in case of clogged toilets.
The way you unclog your toilet will depend on the level or the extent of clogging. The first thing you should know is that you are not supposed to flush the toilet if you suspect it is clogged as this might cause flooding and you do not want that to happen.
What To Do In Case Of Clogged Toilet
- You need to look for the correct type of plunger. You can select from the two types, the cup or the flange plunger. However, they are both for different uses; the cup is best when you want to create suction against a surface that’s flat this can be the bottom of the sink or the bath. The flange plunger is the suitable one in the case of a clogged toilet. Its end has a different shape thereby creating a seal around the clogged outlet.
- After you pick your plunge, gently push it onto the outlet of the drainage system of the clogged toilet. You should do this with care to allow the escape of the air from the plunger. The plunger will make a seal, once this happens you need to plunge up and down quickly, this will unclog the pipe.
- After the outlet is unclogged you need to test the drainage of the toilet. You can do this by pouring some water into the clogged toilet by use of a bucket. If the water drains off, then the toilet is unclogged. The purpose of using a bucket is to ensure that you pour little amounts of water at a time to see whether it drains off or not. Otherwise, flushing is not a good idea.
- If you pour water and you notice that the toilet is still clogged, you need to consider using an auger. A toilet auger has ends that are firm enough to break through the blockage in the toilet. The auger can go really deep into the system; this is what makes it really efficient. You are guaranteed to unblock the system. Before you use, it is advisable to know where the drain from the toilet goes to. This way you will bend the auger towards the direction. Try as much as possible to be gentle as force applied while using an auger could result in a broken toilet. Once the auger gets to the clogged area you will feel it breaking through. When this happens, you can now pull it out gently and use the plunge again.
- After the clogged toilet is cleared, it is now safe to flush the toilet.
These are coming increasingly popular around homes these days. They are also said to be better and safer than other toilets. They are also easy to unclog, and they take time before they clog as they have a larger surface that the ordinary round toilets. Always make the smarter choice of choosing an elongated toilet over other toilets.