DIY Plumbing, Toilet Repair
California State License 450585
If the toilet and the tub, or the toilet and shower are backed up, in all likelihood, there is a mainline stoppage. Do not proceed. In the case of a mainline stoppage, call a licensed plumber.
After determining that you do not have a mainline stoppage, try some of the following tips to unclog the toilet.
How to Unclog a Toilet
First, turn off the water supply at the valve behind the toilet. The first technique to try is the plunger.
Using a Conventional Toilet Plunger
Toilet plunger, bucket of water
- Place the lip of the plunger to fit into the drain hole of the toilet bowl.
- Plunge downward 8-10 times, or until you feel the drain is clear.
- Do not flush, yet
- At this point it's not recommended that the toilet is flushed because it may still overflow.
- A better idea is to test using the bucket of water by pouring a small amount of water into the bowl until about 1/4 full. If the water goes down the drain without flushing, the drain is clear and the job is complete.
- If the water doesn't drain, repeat the plunging process. Then test again with the bucket of water. Just a small amount of water is needed. Don't fill the bowl too full.
- After several attempts, and the toilet is still clogged try the technique below using a toilet auger.
A toilet auger can be purchased at most home improvement stores or a hardware store for under $20.
How to Use a Toilet Auger
- Place the end with the rubber cover into the drain hole of the toilet. The purpose of the rubber cover is to protect the toilet so the porcelain isn't scratched.
- When the end of the auger is in position, crank the handle clockwise. You'll feel the auger clearing the drain. Continue until the clogged bowl is clear, and water goes down the drain.
- When water goes down the drain, it is then safe to turn the water valve on and flush.
Easy toilet repair tips cordially provided by,
Dan at Doolan Plumbing
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