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    How to Use a Plunger to Unclog Your Toilet

    September 15, 2016


    How to Use a Plunger to Unclog Your Toilet

    How to Use a Plunger to Unclog Your Toilet

    When your toilet is clogged, it can be a messy job to unclog it. Fortunately, for approximately 90% of the clogs that you are going to get in your toilet, a plunger is all you need. It’s best to buy one that has the extension flange upon its end.

    This is so that it will fit better into the toilet and give you a lot more oomph when you are plunging. These things are built for power. It will also unplug the drains in your tub and sink as well – just fold its flange back into its bell.

    When the flush isn’t a good one, it means your toilet’s drain is clogged partially or even completely. When the toilet’s pugged completely, it’s obvious. The bowl of the toilet is going to fill to its brim with the flush water and maybe overflow. Wait 10 or so minutes for the level of the water to drop. Then use your plunger.

    Steps to Unclogging a Slow Drainer

    Most of the clogged toilets are what is called slow drainers. This means the flush water fills your bowl partially but it doesn’t clean the waste away. The level of the water stays high, and then normally will drain to the normal height in one or two minutes. It’s even possible you don’t know the toilet’s clogged until it’s flushed.

    If you aren’t sure, you can test it. Remove the lid of your tank and lift up the flapper valve a bit. This will let 1-2 cups of water into the toilet bowl. See if it goes down. If it doesn’t go down, use your plunger. Otherwise you might have a flood on your hands (and on your floor).

    How to do it

    Place your plunger over your toilet drain. Before you get started plunging, though, don some rubber gloves. This will protect your hands. Then take the following steps:

    Step 1: The first plunge should be gentle. Your bell will be filled with air. If you do a hard plunge, it will force the air around your seal, blowing water all over the place. Yuck!

    Step 2: After you have forced out the air, vigorously plunge in and out. Make sure that the seal is maintained. You are going to force water in two directions in your drain. This is going to loosen most of the clogs affectively. Stick with doing it. You may even have to plunge 15-20 times.

    Step 3: Be very patient. Try changing in between the steady plunges and big heaves.

    Step 4: Make sure there’s enough water inside your toilet bowl so your plunger remains covered. When you try forcing air through your toilet trap, it won’t generate a lot of pressure.


    These are the steps that you can take when you have a clogged toilet to use a plunger to fix it. Just about anyone can do it and it’s very simple to do.

    Hiring a Pro

    Many plumbing issues might seem like an easy fix for DIY homeowners, but often there are jobs that should be left to the professionals. Sometimes an easy and cheap fix can be complicated by somebody who does not have certified training.

    Don’t turn a cheap fix into a real problem by trying to do things yourself.

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