Of all the DIY projects we can think of, fixing a clogged toilet is certainly not the most glamorous one. But sooner or later, you’re going to be standing in the bathroom whispering, “Oh no…,” so it’s good to know how to resolve this particular problem—quickly.
- First things first: Do not flush the toilet a second time. Your toilet bowl probably can handle all the water that’s flowing into it from the tank, but it definitely can’t handle a second flush.
- Turn off the water valve behind the toilet. If the bowl is full of water, wait a few minutes to see if the water level will decrease at least a little bit.
- Put on rubber gloves and put some old towels on the floor around the toilet (just in case).
- Using a plunger with a rubber flange, push gently into the hole at the bottom of the toilet, then forcefully 15 or so times, making sure to maintain the plunger’s seal.
- If that doesn’t do the trick, try plunging with varying speeds and power.
- If your toilet is still being uncooperative, try using a plumbing snake. Be sure to use one with a rubber sleeve to protect the toilet bowel’s enamel surface.
- If can’t fish out an obstruction with a snake, you’ll need to take up the toilet and investigate the pipe beneath.
How to Fix a Clogged Toilet Without a Plunger
If you don’t a have a plunger handy, pour some hot water and a generous amount of kitchen dish soap into the bowl and let it sit for a while (30 minutes to 12 hours, depending on the severity of the clog). With any luck, the soap and hot water will break up whatever’s creating the back up.
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