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Dealing with a Clogged Toilet or Sink?
When your toilet won’t flush because of a clog, the cause is typically a blockage due to large amount of toilet tissue. However, children are just as likely to cause a clog by flushing toys or something equally inappropriate. As a homeowner, you’ll discover several different types of clogs.
A partial clog involves the water moving slowly when you flush, while a full clog involves the toilet bowl filling with water because the waste and toilet tissue won’t do down and stay down. The rising level of water tends to make people reach for the handle again to flush in the hopes the clog will clear itself, but that is the last thing you should do!
To clear a toilet clog, you’ll need to arm yourself with some towels to mop up any potential messes. And you’ll need a cup to scoop out excess water to dump into a bucket, leaving a few inches of water in the bowl.
Next, get a plunger so that you can plunge multiple times. This creates a suction that will build up the water pressure enough to dislodge the log. It may take repeated attempts before success.
If the plunger route does not work, the next line of defense is a roto rooter tool called an auger or snake. It’s a long flexible metal tool with a corkscrew-type of end. You feed it into the toilet bowl’s opening so that it can “snake” down the drain pipe. When feeding the auger down the pipe, twist the handle in a clockwise rotation until you meet the blockage. Keep turning this snake-like tool so that the corkscrew tip works its way into the blockage. This can break it up and clear the pipe. Or sometimes, when you pull the tool back out, the blockage comes out with it.
A plunger and auger are the only do-it-yourself tools that can help unclog a toilet. If you are still experiencing troubles, you’ll need to call a plumber to give you a diagnosis, plus they have better tools. You would use similar methods for unclogging bathtub or sink drains as well. In the case of a sink, you should be armed with a bucket to place under the plumbing pipes as you remove the trap to clean out any trapped debris before trying an auger.
If you’re frustrated trying to do it yourself, you need the Best Plumber In Lafayette! Give us a call today at 337-680-4324 and we’ll help you with your clogged toilet, drain, or sink.