Homeowners can try a few things in an attempt to unclog your own toilet. Below is a look at some of the steps you can take to try to unclog your own toilet, as well as when to consider contacting a professional plumber and the steps they will typically take to unclog a toilet.
One option you can try on your own is to use a plunger, a tool commonly used to unclog toilets. To use a plunger, fill the toilet bowl with a small amount of water and place the plunger over the opening at the bottom of the bowl. Push down on the plunger a few times to create suction and try to dislodge the blockage.
There are also various ways that you can try to unclog your toilet without a plunger. One such option is to use a store-bought toilet cleaner, which is a chemical solution designed to dissolve blockages. It is important to be cautious when using toilet cleaners, as they can be harsh and potentially damaging to pipes. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions on the label and to wear gloves and eye protection.
Enlisting the Help of a Professional Plumber
If you are unable to unclog your toilet using a plunger or toilet cleaner, it’s time to consider contacting a professional plumber. A plumber will be able to diagnose the issue and recommend the best course of action to fix it, ensuring that your plumbing is functioning properly.
The first step a plumber will take to unclog a toilet is to assess the problem and determine the cause of the blockage. This will typically involve examining the toilet bowl and plumbing to see if there are any visible blockages or other issues. Once the cause of the clog has been identified, the plumber will use a variety of tools and techniques to remove the blockage and restore the flow of water. Common tools used by plumbers to unclog toilets include plungers, augers, and hydro jets.
An auger, also known as a toilet/plumbing snake, is a long, flexible tool with a hook on the end that is used to remove blockages from the toilet. When using an auger, the plumber will insert the hook into the opening at the bottom of the toilet bowl and gently push it through the plumbing until it reaches the blockage. The auger would then be used to pull the blockage out of the toilet.
A hydro jet is a tool that uses high-pressure water to blast through blockages and clear out the plumbing. This method is typically reserved for more severe clogs, as it can be damaging to pipes if not used properly.
Contacting a professional plumber for help with a serious clog can help to ensure that the best solution is used to fix the problem and that your plumbing will once again function properly.
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