Let’s say you flush your toilet. And then…
Oh, and THEN, you see it. the tell-tale sign that it’s clogged and is backing up and about to spill its contents over its lip and onto your floor!
When a toilet starts to spill its contents over the brim…ewwww!
You can prevent this from happening by not flushing your toilet if you believe it’s become clogged.
The signs of a clogged toilet are:
- The toilet bowl doesn’t drain normally (it bubbles or gurgles)
- The bowl doesn’t drain completely.
- It doesn’t drain at all, and/or…
- ….its contents start to spill out over the toilet’s brim.
To fix a clogged toilet, follow these simple steps.
- Grab a plunger and place it in the bowl. Make sure the flange of the rubber part is well-sealed over the bowl’s drainage hole.
- Push in and out with some force.
- Make sure there’s enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger.
If the clog doesn’t dislodge, try using a drain snake. This is a long wire coil that has a tip similar to that of a screw. You feed it down into the toilet boil until you feel an obstruction. Then you turn the snake clockwise (so that its tip will bore down into the clog), breaking up the clog. Some clogs will get stuck on your snake, allowing you to pull the obstruction out.
If you don’t have a drain snake, you could try pouring down a mixture of hot water, baking soda and vinegar. Use at least a half-gallon of hot – not boiling – water. Your first step is to place one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the toilet bowl. Then pour the hot water into the bowl. Try pouring it from waist-high – this gives it more force as you pour it in, helping to dislodge the clog. Let the toilet stand overnight. The bowl should have drained by the next morning.
We don’t recommend using chemical clog cleaners. These could be harmful to your pipes.
If your efforts don’t work, there could be a clog in the toilet’s pipe that’s further down and you may need to call a plumbing company.
If you can’t dislodge the clog in a backed up toilet yourself, it’s time to call upon the Dallas plumbing experts at Plumbing Dynamics . Give us a call at 214-929-3431 or send us a message via our online contact form.
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