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For some time now, the lot has fallen to men to deal with clogged toilets. I guess in a time when we’re no longer needed to ride out in defense of the tribe, our toughness is marshaled to do battle in the bathroom. But many men charge in brandishing their plunger but lacking a game plan on how to attack the clogged commode. Here are some helpful steps to save the day!
Stop the toilet bowl from filling up. If it looks like the water might overflow the toilet, George suggests taking the lid off the tank as quickly as possible and closing the toilet flapper. The flapper releases water from the tank and into the bowl. It looks like, well, a flapper. Possibly like the one in the photo below. If you’re worried that your flush has a good chance of turning into a flood, take off the top before you pull the trigger. Then you can keep one hand close to the flapper while the other hands pushes the flusher. The minute it appears the water is rising, you’ll be ready to stop the deluge.
Get the right plunger. Once disaster has been skillfully averted, it’s time to unsheathe your plunger. To effectively use a plunger, you need a good seal between it and the toilet bowl. Funnel-cup plungers are the best plungers for this. They’re the plungers with a flange, as illustrated below.
Warm up your plunger. Stiff, brittle plungers don’t work as well as soft and pliant ones. Run your plunger under some hot water before you use it. This will soften up the rubber, which will help you get a better seal on the toilet bowl. A good seal is important.
Plunge correctly. Stick the plunger in the bowl and use it to form a solid seal over the exit hole. George says that most people only focus on the downward push when plunging. But the pullback is just as important. Give a few good up and down strokes in rapid succession with the plunger and flush the toilet. If the water clears from the bowl, then you’ve successfully unclogged it. If the toilet starts overflowing again, just close the flapper to stop water from entering the bowl. Repeat the plunge and flush sequence until your clog is gone.
Secret Plumber Trick: Add Hot Water and dishwasher detergent. Add a few cups of hot water to the toilet bowl before you start plunging. After you pour the hot water in, let it sit for a few minutes. To put it mildly, the heat helps break up the clog. This will make unclogging the toilet with the plunger much, much easier. The heat from the hot water can sometimes break up the clog without plunging.
Also, try adding some dishwasher detergent to the mix. The soap can help break the clog up, as well.
For harder clogs, use the right auger. If the plunger doesn’t work, George says it’s time to bust out the auger. Specifically a toilet auger, designed to prevent toilet bowl scratches. An auger is a cable like device that you snake through the toilet hole to help loosen up a clog. You can find toilet augers at most hardware stores.
To use an auger, you simply snake the cable down the hole. Start turning the crank on the end you’re holding until it stops. This means you’ve reached your clog. The auger will either break up the clog or hook on to it. If it feels like you’ve hooked the clog, pull it out. Discard any waste from the end of the auger. Give the toilet a few good plunges to clear up any left over blockage. Flush. Voila! Cleared toilet.
When to call Avery Plumbing. There are times when your own efforts just aren’t enough. How do you know when it’s time to call in the professionals to battle your clog? George says that if you see water backing up in the sinks or showers whenever you flush, it’s time to bring in the plumber. Water backing up in odd locations when you flush means you have a clogged main line. A plunger and auger won’t get the job done.
Avoiding clogged toilets. George’s parting advice is to avoid clogs in the first place. Teach children that the toilet is not a Jacuzzi or water ride for their GI Joes. George says that the majority of his work with clogged toilets involves toys and other items that kids have flushed down the toilet.
If you are still not able to clear the clogged toilet, call Avery Plumbing 8618 Cox Dr. Show Low, AZ 85901