Clogged toilets are one of the most annoying things that we have to deal with, and depending on your toilet, you might have to deal with this problem on somewhat of a regular basis. When you have a toilet flushing slowly, this tips will definitely help you out! Luckily, this is one of the easiest “repairs” to do by yourself, and these are three ways to go about doing it.
- Use a plunger
This is the easiest and likely the most obvious option. If your toilet is clogged, the first thing you should do is to reach for your trusty plunger and begin plunging away. Now, before you use your plunger, it’s important to remember to take the lid off of the toilet reservoir and push the flapper all the way down to stop any extra water from entering the bowl while you’re cleaning up your mess. Just apply some elbow grease along with some vigorous plunging and you should be good-to-go in no time!
- Use a “snake”
This one’s a little unconventional, but it certainly beats calling a plumber and having to pay to get your toilet unclogged. For a general overview of what a toilet snake is, as well as what it does, see this article: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-snake-a-toilet. Now, to “snake your toilet”, shove that bad boy down your toilet until you feel it hit something – the clog. Once you feel this, push against the clog while turning the snake until the clog breaks up. You might need to use the snake and the plunger on the same clog, so definitely don’t be scared to try both after each other to achieve maximum toilet-unclogging efficiency.
- Call the plumber
This is the most costly of the three, but if neither the snake nor the plunger gets the job done, it might be time to call a professional. In all honesty, if the plunge-and-snake method isn’t working, it could be a sign of a bigger plumbing issue, so it’s a good idea to call the plumber and figure out if something else is going on. The bill shouldn’t be too expensive for such a basic service, but it’s good to have a plumber check out what’s going on with your pipes at least once a year.