How to Unclog a Toilet

Toilet clogs are unpleasant. If you are dealing with a clogged toilet, it is important to act quickly as toilet water may overflow and cause damage to your bathroom.

Unclogging Your Toilet With a Plunger

Below we have laid out some simple steps to help unclog your toilet:

  1. First, turn off the water supply. If a toilet is nearly overflowing, or if it’s already overflowing, removing the water supply is the safest route to ensuring an easy fix without damage or making damage worse. Locate the toilet’s shut-off valve. Once you’ve located it, turn it clockwise to remove the water supply.
  2. Decide upon the correct type of plunger. Funnel-cup plungers are considered ideal for unclogging toilets, and they offer an added piece capable of extending beyond the plunger’s pre-installed rubber cup. Plungers lacking this piece are often utilized for sinks, rather than toilets.
  3. Once, you’ve located the appropriate plunger, place its extended cylinder over the toilet’s drain opening and press downward a few times. There should be ample water left within the bowl and it should cover the plunger’s top-most area. If there isn’t enough water, fill a small bucket with water and pour it into the bowl for added support. Remember to pull as hard as you push - the upward pull unclogs material from the toilet, and it’s the most effective motion you can make.

What if a Plunger Isn’t Working?

If a plunger can’t get the job done, use a toilet auger to remove clogs. A toilet auger may be purchased from your local hardware store. Augers containing rubber atop their main mechanisms are perfect for unclogging toilets. If an auger’s metal is exposed to the surrounding water, it might scrape against a toilet’s porcelain and scratch it.

How to Use an Auger to Unclog Your Toilet

  1. Insert the auger’s corkscrew-section into the drainage opening
  2. Turn the auger’s handle clockwise
  3. When the auger is inserted into the drainage opening, it will dislodge any clogs and obstructions

Many qualified plumbers utilize augers to deliver toilet repairs and to successfully get rid of drainage clogs. Contacting our NYC plumbers today and let us handle the dirty work so you don’t have to.

Preventing Future Toilet Clogs

Don’t flush heavy products down a toilet drain, like tissues and paper towels. An excess use of toilet paper can also be a clog culprit. Any flushed products must be designed to disintegrate within water, and they must be capable of degenerating within septic tanks and plumbing systems.

Call Ariel Services – Emergency New York Plumbers

Without a professional NY plumber capable of delivering quality service, dealing with clogged toilets can sometimes be annoying and difficult to fix. In many cases, the best thing you can do is simply call a plumber to get the problem fixed quickly and correctly.

Our founder at Ariel Services is not only a master plumber but also has over 40 years of experience helping New York City residents and businesses with tough plumbing issues.

Call (718) 557-9604 for immediate plumbing service in the New York area.