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Fixing a Clogged Toilet

Your home has many drains and at one time or another, you will find yourself dealing with a clogged drain. The one drain that all homeowners will stay clog-free is the drain from the toilet area. When you have a clogged toilet, it will often be the beginning of a chain of events that can be very unpleasant. It starts with identifying the cause of the clogged toilet to clearing the clog away. Sometimes if the clogged toilet is so clogged that you may require the equipment and services of a professional plumber. Before you reach this step there are some things that homeowners can do themselves to unclog the toilet.

Make sure before you start to work on the clogged toilet that you wear rubber gloves and safety goggles because fixing a toilet that contains objectionable material like human waste calls for some precautions, just like you would do when you handling any hazardous substances. Once you are protected the next step is determine what is causing the clogged toilet. Although you probably do not want to you can look in the toilet to see if you can see what is causing it or even use your gloved hand for a manual inspection.

Sometimes this situation can be caused by something as simple as a small object like a cell phone or small toy falling into the toilet and becoming partially trapped in the drain that is going out. It could also be caused by a child stuffing a stuff animal, washcloths, or even a towel in the toilet and trying to flush them down. If you see an object then you can pull it out and try to flush the toilet and watch the flow of the water. If it goes out slowly or remains backed up there could be another blockage in the draining system farther down.

In this case, you would need to use a plunger. You would also need to use it if you do not see what is clogging the toilet. Put the plunger over the opening at the bottom of the bowl and push down hard as you can on the stick, or handle to force an increase in water pressure in the drain. I hope that this will dislodge the clog so the water can run freely. Sometimes when you pull back on the plunger it will create a vacuum that could also help dislodge the clog. It could take several plunges before the clogged toilet works again.

If you cannot get the clogged toilet unstopped you will have to call in a professional plumber as they have the knowledge and special tools that are necessary to unclog stubborn clogged toilets.

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