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Clogs happen. And, unfortunately, you are the one who will need to fix it. Whether you are renting a house or a high rise apartment space, it is your responsibility to unclog the problem and fix the toilet. And, when it comes to toilet blockages, the quicker you act, the better. So here are what you need and what you need to do when it comes to fixing a clogged toilet.

Toilet Clog Tips

If you notice that your toilet is clogged, the logical thing to do may be to try to flush the problem away. This is not the best thing to do. Flush once but then do not try again. You could be looking at an unclogged toilet as well as an overflow of water all over the bathroom floor. Instead, place paper towels or old towels on the floor to minimize spillage and always wear gloves.

The first thing to do when it comes to unclogging a toilet is to ensure that the water supply is off. The water supply can be found right behind your toilet and resembles a faucet knob. Next, you will need to determine what method you want to use to unclog your toilet.

There are several different methods people swear by when it comes to unclogging their toilets. If you are not ready to accept the good ol’ plunging method (discussed later on), then consider the dish soap and hot water method. Simply poor a small amount of dish soup as well as a bucket of hot water. Let the water and dish soap sit for a couple minutes which will sometimes loosen the clog so you don’t have to resort to the plunger.

In addition to the dish soap method, you can also try to the baking soda and vinegar concoction. Pour one box of baking soda into the toilet and slowly add vinegar into the bowl as well. Together these two substances will create a dissolving product that may work to unclog your toilet. You can leave the mixture overnight to see if this does the trick. If not, it’s time to dig out that plunger.

Fixing a Clogged Toilet with the Plunger

The plunger method is the most common way to unclog your toilet. The larger your plunger, the more suction it will create and the better chance you will have of unclogging the toilet. Insert the plunger into the toilet bowl and push down until it forms a suction. The plunger should cover the hole and should be in the water Pull and push to create suction. Continue to do this until the clog is loosened. You may need to plunge several times to loosen the clog.

Sometimes the reason for a toilet clog is not simply because of a buildup of waste but because something is stuck in the toilet, such as a child’s toy or your watch. If this is the case, it’s best to either contact a professional or use the coat hanger method. Find an old wire coat hanger (that you are willing to part with). Untwist the coat hanger and pull it apart. Use one end of the hanger to go into the toilet drain. Twist, push and lift the object out to clear your drain and unclog the toilet. Fixing a clogged toilet is nobody’s cup of tea; however, sometimes it has to be done. The next time you are having a problem with your toilet, consider these methods for the fastest way to a free flowing flush.

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