If your little one's recent visit to the bathroom left you with a clogged toilet, you'll need to take care of the mess quickly. This is particularly true if the toilet is still running. Before you call the plumber, take a few minutes to try and resolve the problem for yourself. In most cases, minor clogs can be taken care of with your bathroom plunger. Here are four steps you should take if your toilet is clogged.
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
If your toilet is clogged, you want to avoid using any harsh chemicals on it. First, chemical drain cleaners usually don't work on toilets. Second, if the harsh chemicals don't work and you end up needing a plumber, they're going to be dealing with a drain full of caustic chemicals while they're trying to fix your toilet. Prevent a dangerous situation by keeping the harsh chemicals out of the toilet.
Stop the Running
If the toilet is still running, you want to stop the running as soon as possible. The running water will only add the messy situation you have on your hands. To stop the water, take the lid off of the toilet tank. Locate the rubber stopper at the bottom of the toilet. It will look similar to the base of a plunger. Place the plunger directly over the drain hole. Once the water stops, place the lid back on the toilet. Next, locate the water shutoff valve located on the wall behind the toilet. Turn the valve to the "off" position. This will ensure that the water doesn't start running again while you're fixing the toilet.
Plunge into the Problem
After you have the water turned off, you'll be ready to start plunging the toilet. Grab your plunger and make sure the bell portion is clean. Apply a generous layer of petroleum jelly around the base of the plunger bell. The petroleum jelly will help ensure a firm suction between the toilet bowl and the plunger bell. Place the plunger directly over the toilet bowl's drain opening and give it a firm push. Once the bell is completely collapsed around the drain, pull up with a firm grip. Repeat the process several times. This should push the clog through to the main drain pipe.
Call the Plumber
If you've used the plunger and the toilet is still clogged, the problem might be located farther down the drain pipe. If that's the case, you'll need to call a plumber. In most cases, deep clogs need to be accessed through either the clean-out drain located outside, or through the ventilation pipes located on your roof.
If your toilet is clogged, don't panic. Use the simple steps provided here to help you get rid of the clog. Be sure to contact a local plumber, such as those at Dependable Plumbing, if your attempts to clear the clog are unsuccessful.Share
4 October 2016
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