How To Fix Your Clogged Toilet: A Step-By-Step DIY Guide

clogged toiletAs a responsible homeowner, you want to make sure that your home’s major systems are running the way that they should, which is what makes it so concerning when you experience a clogged toilet. A clogged toilet can prevent you from using the plumbing in your home and may even result in extensive damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

However, it’s common for homeowners to want to know the steps for unclogging their toilet before calling a professional, as a clogged toilet causes many people to feel embarrassed. Here is a step by step guide for fixing a clogged toilet and a few reasons you should consider hiring a professional plumber for help.

Prevent Your Toilet Bowl from Filling

Before you can begin working on the clog in your toilet, you need to drain your toilet bowl of water and make sure that it won’t refill. If there is still water in your toilet bowl, it can make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to effectively remove the clog.

The first thing you will need to do is turn off the cut-off valve to your toilet, which will prevent refilling. Next, if you can still flush, hold the flush handle until the tank is drained. Finally, pour a five-gallon bucket of water into the bowl as quickly as possible to draw off the remaining water.


Use a Plunger

With water fully drained from your toilet, you can start attacking the clog. For the majority of clogs, plunging is an effective solution. Make sure to wear rubber gloves and place the plunger head fully over your toilet drain. Gently press the plunger against the drain to remove excess air and to complete the seal. Once the seal is tight, move your plunger back and forth in a vigorous manner. Hopefully, this will remove your clog.


Try a Toilet Snake

If the plunger method doesn’t work, you may need to use more advanced tools like an auger or a snake. A plumber’s snake is a tool that can help you break up thick clogs. However, these tools should only be used if you have advanced plumbing experience, as you may cause damage to your plumbing system otherwise.

Feed the snake into your drain by turning the handle. When you meet resistance, it means you’ve reached the clog. Withdraw the snake to determine what’s caused the clog and to see if you need to snake any further.


Avoiding Common Mistakes

While attempting to unclog your toilet, it’s important to avoid common mistakes that may cause damage to your plumbing system. First and foremost, you should never attempt to unclog your toilet if you feel uncomfortable doing so. This is especially true if unclogging your toilet will require advanced plumbing tools that you’re not sure how to use effectively.

Secondly, never turn your water back on until you’re sure that your toilet is unclogged. If you turn your water back on with the clog still present, it can cause major plumbing issues.


Calling a Professional

In certain circumstances, you will absolutely need the assistance of a professional. For example, if you have attempted plunging your toilet or snaking your toilet with little success, you need the help of a plumber. Also, if the clog is causing water to back up into your home, you should call an experienced plumber as soon as possible to limi the damage.


Hiring a toilet plumber in Phoenix is the best way to remove serious clogs so that you have peace of mind.

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Chris Hays

Founder of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing

Chris and Stacia Hays, are the founders of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing; a family operated HVAC company in Phoenix founded in 2001 that services both commercial and residential customers. Chris leads a team of certified technicians who have over 45 years of combined experience and has earned and A+ rating with the BBB and a strong five star rating online. Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing focuses on providing support to their customers every step of the way, with exceptional service and competitive prices. If you are looking for top-notch air conditioning and heating service, contact Hays today.