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Many things can lead to a clogged toilet and this affects its ability to function properly. People usually don’t pay attention to changes in how the toilet flushes as we don’t like to deal with the dirty stuff however, knowledge about unclogging toilets is needed in preparation for times when they are clogged. Top on the list of questions when you have a clogged toilet is “what is causing this?” While it could be organic matter, it could also be a child’s toy. The nature of the clogging material usually determines the method of removal. If you attempt to forcefully push it down, you might compound the problem and increase the cost of fixing it. As a precaution, lay pieces of paper or cloth around the toilet to mop up any water that will splash out whilst removing the clogging matter. Also, don’t forget to wear pair of gloves to protect yourself.

Stop The Toilet From Overflowing

A clogged toilet will likely overflow unless it is kept in check. To prevent a flooded bathroom floor, you need to close the open flapper in the tank from which water flows into the basin. Next, turn off the water supply. This allows you to focus on unclogging the toilet.

Now let’s consider some ways to fix a clogged toilet.

The Plunger Way

A plunger is a must-have for every household as it is the easiest way to unclog a toilet. There are different kinds but the type with a flange is best for unclogging toilets. Push the plunger down gently in the toilet bowl to get a good seal. Next, pump it up and down carefully while maintaining the seal. The final pull should break the seal and leave the water in the toilet bowl running down the drain. You might need to do this a couple of times in some cases.

The Plumbing Snake

There are also different kinds of plumbing snakes and like the plunger, every household should have one. The “auger” is the best one to use for porcelain toilets since it has a rubber coat that will prevent scratches. You place the head of the auger into the bowl and with clockwise turns dismantle the clog gradually. When the water begins to drain out, it means the method was successful. It’s always great to have your plunger and auger at hand for future clogs.

Using Vaccum

This is an unconventional method that is safe for use only with wet/dry vacuum. This method can ruin a regular home vacuum as well as possibly shock the user. With the aid of an old towel and the wet/dry vacuum hose, you can create sufficient suction to pull the obstruction out. After this is done, the vacuum hose must be cleaned.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

In the absence of a plunger, plumbing snake, or wet/dry vacuum, you can utilize the non-toxic household combination of baking soda and vinegar. This pair is very useful for removing bad odor and cleaning surfaces and drains. First, add one cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl for two minutes before pouring two cups of vinegar bit by bit into it. The chemical reaction produces bubbles that should dislodge the clog. Leave for some minutes then flush the toilet. Please view service locations here: Garland, Houston, Irving, Arlington, Carrollton, Corpus Christi, El Paso, League City.

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