How to Unclog a Toilet | Learn About Toilets

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Stuck with a clogged toilet in your bathroom? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Clogged toilets are a common issue that homeowners will face every now and then, and can get frustrating at times. Follow these steps to unclog your toilet like a professional plumber!

 What You’ll Need…

  • A Toilet Plunger
  • Old Towels or Paper Towels
  • Rubber Gloves

Now that you’re prepared, follow these steps:

Step 1: Once you notice the toilet is clogged, prevent the toilet from overflowing with water by turning off the water. Do not try to unclog your toilet by continuously flushing it.
Step 2: Cover the floor around the toilet with old towels or paper towels to prevent a mess 
Step 3: Grab your rubber gloves and toilet plunger and insert the plunger in the toilet with the rubber cup covering the trapway hole completely 
Step 4: Vigorously pump the handle of the plunger for 5-10 minutes. You’ll notice the water in the bowl will begin to drain. This may take a few tries depending on how clogged the toilet is.
Step 5: Take the plunger out of the toilet and set it aside. Turn the water back on and try flushing the toilet once to see if it is unclogged.
Step 6: If you flush once and the toilet is still clogged, repeat steps 4 and 5 until the toilet is unclogged and the flush is back to normal.

 

Hacks for Stubborn Clogs

Sometimes a plunger just isn’t enough to fix the even the most stubborn clogs. If you find yourself exhausted after repeatedly using the plunger with no results, have no fear! Try these hacks to help loosen the clog.

  • Pour an ample amount of liquid dishwashing soap to the toilet bowl, followed by a pot of hot water (but not boiling) and let it sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes. Grab a plunger and repeat steps 4-6 (see above) and try to unclog the toilet.
  • Add 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then add a pot of hot water (but not boiling) to the bowl and wait 10 minutes. Grab a plunger and repeat steps 4-6 (see above) and try to unclog the toilet.

Avoiding Future Clogs Starts with a High Performance Toilet

Are you finding that it doesn’t take much to clog your toilet and that you’re constantly busting out the plunger? Make sure that you are only flushing toilet paper. Flushing common toiletries such as facial tissues, cotton swabs, tampons, or dental floss can easily clog your toilet because they do not break down in water. Alternatively, if you own an older toilet, you may want to invest in a new toilet for your bathroom, as some older toilets are engineered with weaker flushing power. American Standard offers a variety of toilets that have high performance flushing technology that can last for years to come. The Champion collection of toilets range from a 1.28 – 1.6 gallons per flush flow rate, and are EPA WaterSense Certified to help conserve water. Learn more about the American Standard Champion Toilets today!