Few things are as simultaneously unnerving and inconvenient as a clogged toilet. Not only does it render the restroom useless, but it must be handled immediately or things can get out of hand very quickly. Without fixing the problem immediately, you can risk water damage from overflow, human waste contamination, foul odors, or even embarrassment. This issue is no laughing matter and must be handled as soon as possible. Here is how to keep a clogged toilet from becoming a disaster.
1. Keep the water from overflowing
Sometimes when a loo gets clogged, you don’t know it until the water in the bowl continues to rise and rise and rise. This can be a very scary moment, as no one wants to have water spilling out of the bowl. If this is an issue, or if you sense the water won’t stop rising- make sure to turn off the water main which usually nearby on the wall. This will stop the flow of water into the tank which keeps the water level from rising in the bowl.
2. Try using a plunger
Get some rubber gloves and maybe an apron and gently sink a bulb plunger down into the bottom of the bowl. The best plungers have an extension flange and a tapered center. Ideally you will have a plunger that is sized perfectly for your specific toilet. With the proper tool you will be able to get greater suction directly into the piping to dislodge the clog. A full non draining clog will completely block the pipes and will cause the water to rise. It may be necessary to shut off the water (as mentioned above) or wait a few minutes before beginning to plunge. Once you start, use slow and gentle pushes to minimize splash. Have towels handy for quick cleanup. Plunge back and forth around 10-30 times depending on the clog and see if the water begins to drain on its own.
3. Double check the tank
If you needed to shut off the main water supply at the beginning to keep the water from overflowing, it may be necessary to turn it back on for the bowl to properly drain and refill. However, even without the water on, you should see the water level improve as a result of plunging. In most instances it will completely drain or partially drain right before you eyes. After the clog has been handled, turn the water back on and ensure the floater or bobber is adjusted to the right level. This determines how much water the tank needs to be full and may help with future flushings.
Use these tips the next time you have a bathroom that is out of commission to get things back up and running again without a full on disaster!