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How You Can Unclog A Toilet

plunger in a toilet

A major life skill that everyone should know is the art of unclogging a toilet. Clogged toilets are going to happen many times throughout your life so it’s best to know the proper ways to remove the blockages. Here’s how you can do just that:

Trusty Plunger
Most clogged toilets can be cleared using a simple plunger; specifically one with an extended rubber flange. Place the plunger over the toilet drain and gently push down to allow all of the air to escape the plunger, creating a seal. Begin plunging up and down without lifting the plunger off of the drain. The point is to force water back and forth to try and dislodge the blockage, so keep at it until the clog is no more.

Select the Snake
When a blockage cannot be dislodged by a plunger, reach for a drain snake. This tool has a long wire with a corkscrew at the end. Feed the snake into the toilet drain until the end of it reaches the clog. Begin turning the snake clockwise so the corkscrew can begin breaking up the blockage. After a few turns, pull the snake out to break up or pull out the blockage.

When All Else Fails
Sometimes a simple plunger or drain snake can’t get the job done because there is a more serious clog further down the drain pipes. When this happens you will need to call in a professional to tackle the job. Unless you’re well versed in taking apart toilets and clearing drain lines, let the plumber take care of it.

Flushing the toilet and seeing the water level rise can give anyone an instant heart attack. When your plunger isn’t getting the job done, contact the plumbers at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.