It’s every persons worst fear. You’re at a friend or strangers house, you finish doing number 2 and flush the toilet, but instead of going down, the water comes up along with whatever you just deposited in the bowl. Would you be full of panic and embarassment in that moment? Or do you know how to fix it?
for some reason, the duty has gone towards men to deal with clogged toilets. I guess in a time when we are no longer needed to fight out in defense of the tribe, our toughness is become to do battle in the bathroom. Most men, however, jump in with their plunger but have no game plan on how to attack the clog. To help us learn how to effectively unclog a toilet, I called up Pasadena CA Plumbers and got the details. Here is advice from the best rated Plumbers in Southern California.
Stop the toilet bowl from filling up
If it looks like the water might overflow over the sides of the toilet, Our technician suggests taking the lid off the tank as soon as possible and closing the toilet flapper. The flapper releases water from the tank and into the bowl. If you’re worried that your flush has a good chance of turning into a water flood, take off the top before you pull the trigger. Then you can keep one hand on the flapper while the other hands pushes on the flusher. The instant it seems the water is rising, you’re ready to stop the process .
Get the right plunger
Once disaster has been stoped, it’s time to ready your plunger. To properly use a plunger you need a good seal between it and the bottom of the toilet bowl. Funnel cup plungers are the best plungers for uncloging a problem toilet. They are the ones with a flange, or added down piece extending off the bottom of the rubber cup.
Warm up your plunger
Hard plungers don’t work as well as soft and broken in ones. Run your plunger in some hot water before you use it. This will soften up the rubber which will help you get a better seal on the bottom of the bowl.
Stick the plunger in the bowl and use it to form a solid seal over the hole. Most people only focus on the downward push when plunging. But the pullback is much more important. Give a few strong up and down strokes with the plunger and flush the toilet. If the water clears from the toilet bowl then you have successfully unclogged it. If the toilet starts overflowing again, just close the flapper again to stop water from entering. Repeat the plunge and flush movement until your clog is gone.
Add hot water and dishwasher detergent
Add a cup or two of hot water to the toilet bowl before you start plunging. When you pour the hot water in, let it sit for a few minutes. The heat really helps break the blockage up. This will make unclogging the toilet with the plunger much easier. The heat from the hot water can sometimes break up the stoppage without plunging. This is a really good tactic to use at first if you a clog a toilet at a friends house and you don’t want to face the embarrassment of asking for a plunger.
If that does not work add some dishwasher detergent to the mix. The soap can help break the clog up, as well.
For really bad clogs, use an auger
If the plunger doesn’t work, bust out the auger. An auger is a cable-like device that you snake through the toilet hole to help loosen up a clog. You can find the best augers HERE.
To use an auger, you snake the cable down the toilet 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 very slowly. Throwaway any waste on the end of the auger. Give the toilet a few good plunges to clear up any left over blockage. After flush and you should have a Cleared toilet!
When to call the plumber
There are sometimes when your own efforts will not work. How do you know when it’s time to call in a proffesional plumber to fix your clog? We say that is if you see water backing up in the sinks or showers whenever you flush your toilet, it’s defiantly time to call a plumber. Water backing up in various locations when you flush means you have clogged the main line. A plunger and auger won’t fix the problem.
Avoiding clogged toilets
The best way to avoid all this is to avoid clogs all together. Make sure to teach children that the toilet is not a Jacuzzi or water ride for their Toys or trash. The majority of Plumbers work with clogged toilets involves small toys and other items that kids have flushed down the toilet.
It’s also very important to ensure the jets around the toilet’s edge are nice and clean. dirty bloked up jets will prevent the toilet from flushing at its full power which will prevents you from clearing out the toilet and its contents. Weekly toilet cleaning with a brush will prevent build-up. If you haven’t cleaned the toilet in a while, you will probably have a buildup. Grabbing a hard item like an Allen wrench or screwdriver to clear out the junk will work great.
At last always remember to be easy on the toilet paper. If you need the entire roll to wipe because you went a little to crazy at your favorite vegan place, always flush multiple times to prevent a bad Clog!
If you still seem to have promblems give Pasadena CA plumbers a call. We will be over quickly to fix any problems!