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How do I unclog a toilet?
By Tisha from Stockbridge, GA
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!
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?
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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This article features advice about how to unclog a toilet from 2007.
Toni from Windsor Locks, CT
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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