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Tips to Fix Clogged Toilet

When you flush your toilet, and the water level in the bowl rises or doesn't go down, you’ve probably got a clog. A clogged toilet is a common and frustrating problem that most people have experienced at some point. Luckily, there are many ways to resolve it. In this short article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we offer some tips on a clogged toilet fix. If you ever need a uniformed plumber to take care of it, or if it’s time for a toilet replacement, then call Rooter Hero to schedule a convenient appointment. Our plumbers are experienced, regularly trained, and thoroughly equipped.

Common Causes of Clogged Toilets

Let’s start with the common causes of a clogged toilet. Understanding this can help you prevent clogged toilets in the future. Here are some common culprits:

  • Too much toilet paper.
  • Non-degradable items like wet wipes, female hygiene products, paper towels, and kitty litter.
  • Tree roots, granted this is usually a deeper, sewer line issue.

It might even be that your toilet is not clogged at all but instead just has low water pressure which fails to move waste through the pipes. Check the toilet tank to see if it is filling sufficiently. If not, call Rooter Hero to have a reliable plumber get to the root of the issue. Still, it’s imperative that you don’t flush anything other than toilet paper, pee, and poo.

Ways of Unclogging the Toilet

The three most common ways of unclogging a toilet are snaking, plunging, and using chemical cleaners. We advise AGAINST using harsh chemical cleaners as they can end up doing more harm than good. They can damage the toilet and pipes as well as cause harm to the environment and even your health.

Let’s start with plunging. Put on some rubber gloves to protect yourself against germs and sewage and bring out your toilet plunger. Lower the plunger into the toilet bowl and ensure it creates a tight seal around the drain. Firmly and rapidly push the plunger down and up to create a suction effect, making sure to maintain the seal around the drain. After 10 to 15 seconds of this, flush the toilet to see if the blockage has been dislodged. Repeat if necessary or try snaking.

Snaking is probably the second most common but more effective way to unclog the toilet. Keep your gloves on and uncoil the drain snake. Insert the end with the corkscrew tip into the toilet bowl and push until you feel resistance, which indicates you’ve hit the blockage. Firmly hold the handle and twist the snake clockwise to penetrate through the obstruction. Keep doing this until you feel the snake break through and free up. Next, slowly pull the snake out while simultaneously twisting it to retrieve the debris. Flush the toilet to see if the problem is resolved.

Hire a Uniformed Plumber to Unclog the Toilet

If you prefer to leave the dirty work to an experienced plumber, call Rooter Hero to schedule an appointment or request emergency assistance today. Our live representatives are on standby for your call today.

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