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Unclogging a Toilet

Unclogging a Toilet
When this fixture gets blocked, it's important to determine the cause. This guide is about unclogging a toilet.
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March 12, 2011

How do I unclog a toilet?

By Tisha from Stockbridge, GA

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March 12, 20110 found this helpful
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The best way is to purchase a plumbing "snake" from a home improvement store and use it to run down your plumbing line from the toilet to the sewer. It should unblock any obstruction you have in your line. With kids it is always a good idea to have one handy, lol!

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By 0 found this helpful
January 3, 2017

My son-in-law used the toilet and when he flushed it got clogged. It finally went down, however, it is not flushing properly and there is some gurgling. Now I know that there must be some blockage down in the pipe somewhere. We have flushed numerous times and I have even plunged numerous times, but it just isn't sounding like it should. I have the type of toilet that has two sides to press when you flush and it goes down really fast and hard. So I know that it's not doing what it should be doing. I don't have a snake; is there something else I can do or use to break up a huge poop?

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January 3, 20171 found this helpful
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I have had good results using Dawn dish detergent and a kettle of hot water. Pour about 1/2 cup Dawn in the bowl and let it sit for 15 minutes. Bring a kettle of water to a boil and pour the hot water in the toilet. Use the plunger if needed. It has worked for me.

I believe these water saving toilets do not put enough water in the drain to carry all the toilet paper to the septic tank. I see a lot of plungers in bathrooms now and I have seen lots of complaints of toilets getting stopped up.

If you can see the clog, break a switch off a bush and use it to push the clog through.

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February 8, 20080 found this helpful

This article features advice about how to unclog a toilet from 2007.

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How can I unclog my toilet?

Toni from Windsor Locks, CT

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Dawn and Hot Water

I own a motel and I have a lot of clogged toilet issues. I had one toilet that I plunged for seven days straight and didn't think it would ever work right again. I used the squirt of Dawn dish soap and the pot of boiling water poured in the bowl, and it worked! I won't bother buying all of the expensive products any more, this simple technique really works.

By Persnickety Paula

Dawn, Hot Water and a Plunger

Fortunately the toilet was clean, I bailed out all the water except for a cup or two, filled it with a cup of Dawn soap. I poured in a large pan filled with boiling water from some height so as to force the water down the toilet and push the soap as far down as possible. I plunged for about 30 seconds and left it sit for 15 minutes. I returned and plunged for about 2 minutes and it broke free. I hoped, but didn't think this would work. I'm convinced.
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By 1 found this helpful
October 21, 2008

If the Closet Auger, Plunger and Dish Detergent Failed to unclog your toilet, try this!

I used the auger, plunger, and the dish soap resulting in a number of failed attempts. As I read several home improvement books online, the note that stuck in my head was entitled, "how to check if the upper flush holes are not clogged, by using a mirror". These holes are located out of sight, in the upper portion (underside) of the bowl. Anyway, if the goal is to maintain a good seal so that you can obtain the force needed to unclog the toilet, I suddenly realized that every time I thrust the plunger, more air was being directed from the upper flush holes, than the lower portion of the bowl. This decreased the force going into the desired location (lower portion of the bowl).

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Solution: I took a clear plastic bag, cut a hole in the top, placed the handle of the plunger through the hole, to help prevent anything from splashing from the bowl, and I tucked the remainder of the plastic bag under the underside of the toilet to block some of the upper flush holes.

Despite not being able to block all of the upper flush holes, the few I did effectively block were enough to strengthened and re-direct the force of air going into the lower portion of the bowl, where the plunger was placed. Instantly my toilet was unclogged!

By majorshadow from San Diego, CA

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August 18, 20161 found this helpful

This is a guide about products for unclogging a toilet. You can clear a clogged toilet either manually or by using a product specifically manufactured for this purpose.

Snaking a toilet

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August 17, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about plastic ball stuck in toilet. Having a small round item such as a ball stuck in your toilet can be a repair headache.

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