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3 Ways To Clear Up A Clogged Toilet

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If your toilet is clogged, there are things that you can do to get it up and flushing again. Most of the things to try are pretty easy for you to do. 

Plunger

The first thing you will probably want to try is to grab your plunger and plunging the toilet. You want to make sure that you have the right kind of plunger. They are generally black rubber, but the plunger will have an extended cup that comes out from the bell of the plunger. That extended cup is designed so that it will fit into the drain of the toilet and create a good, strong seal. That way, when you push down on the handle of the plunger to move the plunger, the water pressure stays in the drain rather than coming back up into the toilet bowl. If there is no pressure, then there is no way of moving the clog. If you have to go out and buy a new plunger, you may want to rub some petroleum jelly around the cup before you use it for the first time, so that it last longer. 

Snake

If plunging the toilet didn't work, then you are going to need to move up to trying to break up the clog. The easiest way to do this is with a snake, also called a toilet auger. A snake has an extendable end with a claw on it. When you feed that section of the snake down into the toilet, you can start turning the handle on the top. That lets the extendable bit come out and will let the claw get a good purchase in the clog. The movement of the claw breaks up the clog and lets it move down the pipe. You should try snaking the toilet out for a couple of minutes and then try to flush it again. If it doesn't help, then you can try again. If you still can't get it to flush, then it's time to call in the professional. 

Plumber

If nothing else works, or you don't think you can handle the work, then you need to call in a professional. The plumber can come in and use all sorts of tools to make sure that the clog is gone. That can include using a wet/dry vac to blow the clog down the pipe. 

A clogged up toilet can be a real headache. There are things that you can do that will help get rid of it. 

For more information, talk to a company like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc.


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