Toilet clogs are fairly common. They happen because someone's bowel movements are too large to pass through the U-shaped trap, or because someone has used too much toilet paper. You can clear a toilet clog on your own, if you are so inclined. (Some people are, because they want to avoid the embarrassment of calling a plumber.) Here is what you can attempt prior to calling professional plumbing services.
Buy a really good plunger. Do not be afraid to spend money on this device, or you may just end up with a constantly inverted plunger that does nothing for the toilet clog.
- Make sure the bowl of the plunger covers the entire opening at the bottom of the toilet bowl. This creates a vacuum seal that helps you force air up and down as you plunge.
- You will hear a clearing in the drain below as water begins to flow through the pipe again.
- Pull the plunger up slowly if you do not want feces and toilet paper to splatter everywhere.
- Test flush the drain. Sometimes, after plunging, the whole of the toilet will empty itself, but you should still test-flush anyway.
- If all goes down without a hitch, you are done. If not, plunge a little more until the water moves down on its own.
If the drain is still slow or not emptying properly after a few attempts at plunging, try another method.
Buckets of HOT Water
Buckets of hot water are also effective at unclogging a toilet. The reason for this is that there is a lot of fats in the American diet. Fats become liquid when they encounter hot water. If the blockage is feces, the bucket of hot water does double duty. It helps force the blockage farther down into the plumbing while simultaneously liquefying any fats in the fecal material, thus making it smaller and looser to travel. One or two five-gallon buckets are usually quite effective.
When hot water and plungers fail, it is time for the auger. Buy yourself a really good toilet auger if your house experiences repeat toilet clogs; it will pay for itself in plumbing bills in the long run. Be sure to read the instructions on the auger. It may take some getting used to trying to do it as one person. It often helps to have someone else firmly hold the auger's body against the front edge of the toilet before you use the crank handle to push, shove and turn the auger head down the drain.
Contact a plumbing company, like The Clean Plumbers, for more help.