Most toilet clogs can be dislodged with a plunger. But if you’re not using your plunger properly, your best efforts may fail and you may end up making a call to the plumber anyways. The next time your toilet clogs, follow these plunging tips to ensure your efforts are as effective as possible.
1. Use the right style of plunger.
There are two main types of plungers. One has a simple, bowl-shaped head and is really meant for unclogging sink and tub drains. The other has a flared head and is meant to be used for toilets. Many homeowners unknowingly try to use a sink plunger in their toilets and struggle to loosen clogs. Take a look at your plunger’s head. If it’s bowl-shaped without a flare, make a trip to the home improvement store and buy a flared toilet plunger. This type will form a tighter seal around the toilet drain and give you better results.
2. Make sure there’s enough water in the toilet.
There needs to be enough water in the toilet to completely cover the plunger head. Otherwise, the plunger won’t form a tight seal against the drain, and you won’t be able to drive water into the drain as forcefully. If the water level in the toilet is too low, fill a bucket at the sink and dump it in before you start plunging.
3. Use firm strokes.
Plunging up and down quickly is not nearly as effective as making slow, forceful strokes. Try to put all of your strength into each plunging stroke. If that means you have to rest a minute between strokes, that’s okay. The more firm your strokes, the better your chances of loosening a clog.
If you follow the tips above and still are unable to unclog your toilet, then it’s time to call a professional like those at S.O.S. Drain and Sewer Cleaning Services. The clog may be further down your sewer line, and we have the expertise and equipment to remove it.