How to Fix a Clogged Toilet Plumbing Problem #1

The first thing you should try is to plunge. Get a plunger that fits over and seals the toilet drain. Plunge in and out with some force, maintain the seal. You’ll be forcing water both directions in the drain, which will effectively loosen most clogs. Stick with it, plunging 15 to 20 times if necessary.

If the plunger doesn't work try the toilet auger. Insert the toilet auger cable so that the end of the cable is close to the curved bottom end of the auger tube. When properly inserted, you should not be able to see the end of the auger cable. You will see only the housing. Crank the auger to gently work the cable into the toilet drain. Work slowly, too much force can cause the cable to double back on itself rather than move through the drain.  Crank in one direction until the cable will feed no further, then switch to the other direction and continue to gradually feed the cable until the auger handle is tight against the top of the auger tube. Rotate the cable several times once it has reached its full extension. Pull the toilet auger out of the toilet by rotating the handle and pulling backward, then flush the toilet to see if the clog has disappeared.  In most cases, the clog will be cleared. Flush the toilet several times to make sure it has cleared completely.

If the toilet is still clogged, you have to remove the toilet and snake the line. That can be complicated, but if you’re an experienced do-it-yourself-guy, you can give it a try.

If you still can’t get the toilet unclogged and you’re in the Los Angeles area call 1-855-331-7788 24/7.


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