Ask a Plumber: How to Unclog a Toilet

A clogged toilet is one of the most common plumbing problems we encounter. We know that when you are having issues with your toilet, it can be a pretty stressful time. Thankfully, help is only a phone call away. At Gander Plumbing we specialize in toilet repair and Lake City homeowners have trusted us for years when it comes to all things plumbing, especially water softener installations. That’s why our toilet repair experts would like to provide you with step-by-step tips on how to unclog a toilet. Because, we know how important it is to get your toilet back up and running as soon as possible. And, if these tips don’t work, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We can have your toilet repair done in no time.

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Start with a Plunger

For almost 90% of clogged toilets, you only need one special tool to perform your toilet repair – and that’s a plunger. You should have one with an extension flange on the rubber bell-shaped end. These are designed to fit toilets better and deliver a more effective plunge.

Wear rubber gloves and begin by plunging your toilet, getting a good seal, before pushing in and out vigorously. Make sure you keep enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger. Keep towels nearby to wipe up any water that splashes out. Once it seems the clog was loosened and water begins to flush, wait a few minutes and try to manually flush again. Keep in mind that a toilet that’s completely plugged is obvious. The toilet bowl will fill to the brim with flush water and perhaps overflow. If you continue to experience a complete or partial clog even after plunging, it’s time to call the professionals for at Gander Plumbing to perform your toilet repair.

Complete Clog? Perform a Test

Don’t flush the toilet if you suspect that it’s completely or mostly clogged. Instead, remove the tank lid and lift the flapper valve slightly to let a cup or two of water into the bowl to see if the water goes down. Flushing a clogged toilet may flood your bathroom.

Unclogging Without a Plunger

No plunger? It may be time to call a professional plumber for your toilet repair. But, here is something you could try in the event that you don’t have a plunger handy.

  • Squirt generous amounts of dish soap into the clogged toilet to loosen up the clog.
  • Carefully add hot (not boiling) water to the bowl.

Wait a few minutes and this hot, soapy water may be able to break down the clog. But, if you’ve performed your test from above and it is still clogged, do not attempt to flush. You don’t want hot soapy water overflowing everywhere. Give the professionals at Gander Plumbing a call and we can come out and take care of your toilet repair for you.
Do you need help with toilet repair or other plumbing issues in Lake City or the surrounding areas? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540 or contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

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