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What to Do if You Clog Someone Else's Toilet

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How Do I Unclog a Toilet at Someone Else’s House?

Let’s face it: Toilets can clog when you least expect it. While it’s not such a big deal if you clog your own, it can be quite embarrassing if you clog someone else’s “throne” — especially if it’s during a small gathering at their home.

Remain calm — while it may seem like the end of the world to you, it’s relatively simple to take care of without calling in the homeowner or bringing attention to the situation; here’s what you need to do:

How to Unclog a Toilet

1. Remain Calm and Locate a Toilet Plunger

While your first instinct may be to freak out — remain calm: It’s all going to work out, and you’ll unclog that toilet in no time! Instead of panicking, locate a toilet plunger within the homeowner’s bathroom. While many are placed next to or behind the toilet, some may be under the sink or in a linen closet. Once you locate the plunger, you’ll want to establish a connection — not on a personal level — between the plunger and the toilet.

2. Establish a Good Connection

First, lift the seat and place the plunger directly over the trap — the opening at the bottom of the bowl. Ideally, you’ll want to make sure that both the plunger and the trap line up directly with little room for interference. Once you feel that you’re ready to plunge, you may start the unclogging process.

3. Plunge, Plunge, Plunge!

When plunging, you want to make sure that you plunge in a quick and sturdy motion — make sure not to break the seal between the plunger and the trap. After doing this for a few minutes, you may notice movement in the toilet, indicating that the blockage has moved through the pipe.

4. Flush the Toilet

After seeing the water disappear, give the toilet a flush to replenish. If the plunging were successful, you’d notice that the bowl will fill up with an average amount of water. If you see this, celebrate — because you successfully unclogged the toilet and can avoid embarrassment!

If Plunging the Toilet Doesn’t Work, Tell the Homeowner to Give us a Call.

If you live in Bridgeport, Fairfield, or the surrounding areas, finding a plumbing company you can trust can be tough. However, the team at Tri-City Heating and Cooling meets all of the qualifications you’re looking for.

Give us a call at (203) 303-5700 to schedule your appointment today!