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Dealing With A Clogged Toilet? How To Clear The Clog So You Can Flush Again

by April Rivera

Plumbing problems are the worst; especially if that plumbing problem involves a clogged toilet. As soon as you see that water coming back up into the bowl, you know you're in for a major mess. When you're toilet gets backed up, you need to act quickly to get things under control. Here are three steps you'll need to take to clear up the mess and clear the clog.

Stop the Flow of Water

The first thing you need to do is stop the flow of water, especially if it's coming up to the top. You can either turn the water off at the main valve, located behind the toilet, or you can reach inside the toilet. To stop the water flow from the tank, you'll need to remove the cover and locate the flush valve. That's the lever that's attached to the flush handle. Lift up on the flush lever to stop the flow of water and then reach inside the tank to close the fill valve, which is the cap that opens and closes over the fill tube at the bottom of the tank. This will stop the water and prevent further flooding.

Grab the Plunger

Once you've stopped the flow of water, you'll need to grab the plunger. However, don't just place the plunger in the toilet and start pressing. You'll want to take your time to make sure you use your plunger with maximum efficiency. First, place the plunger directly over the opening of the toilet. Make sure that there are no visible gaps around the opening. This will ensure that there's a good seal over the opening. Once you've ensured a good seal, press down firmly on the plunger handle and pull up on the handle in. Continue to repeat the process several times. Try flushing the toilet. If everything goes down, you can clean up and move on. However, if the plunging didn't solve the problem, you'll need to try something else.

Reach for the Dish Detergent

If your clog is caused by a large amount of bowel movement that didn't go down properly, your plunger might need some extra help. That's where dish detergent comes in handy. Pour about ¼ cup or dish detergent into the toilet and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Now, fill the toilet bowl with hot water and cover the bowl with saran wrap. Flush the toilet and press down firmly on the saran wrap as it expands above the toilet. The hot water and soap will eat through the clog, and the pressure from the saran wrap will push the clog through the toilet.

If your toilet has clogged, use the methods provided here to push the problem through. If you're still unable to clear the clog, contact a plumber near you. You may a foreign object stuck in the drain pipe.

To learn more, contact a plumber repair services company near you.