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Clearing a clogged toilet is easy if you know the proper technique. This Phoenix home inspection video tip shows you how to select the best type of plunger to use, as well as demonstrates the technique that works best for clearing even the most stubborn blockages.

Tools & Materials Needed

  • Toilet plunger. Use the type of plunger shown in the video. You will get a better seal, which makes it easier to clear the clog.

Steps To Plunge and Clear a Clogged Toilet

  1. If it looks like the toilet is about to overflow, remove the top of the toilet tank and make sure the flapper is depressed. If the water is near the top of the toilet rim, you may have to remove some water using a small bucket. If you do not have a bucket, sometimes some of the water will drain on its own if you leave the toilet sit for 5 or 10 minutes.
  2. Make sure there is water in the toilet bowl. We need to be able to force water into the clog to break it loose.
  3. Place the plunger horn firmly in the throat of the toilet bowl and press is slowly and firmly to force the air out.
  4. Slowly work the plunger in an out. The idea here is to not only force the clog through the plumbing, but also to move a stubborn clog back and forth, using suction and pressure, until the clog breaks loose.
  5. After a few strokes, remove the plunger to see if the water drains freely. If it flows freely, flush the toilet a few times to clear out any remaining clog. If it doesn’t flow, try using the plunger again.

The easiest way to avoid a clogged toilet is to be aware of issues that can create a blockage. Never flush paper towels, feminine products or other objects down a toilet if they do not break down easily in water. Also, flushing a toilet several times during a bathroom break can prevent clogs, especially if you have an issue with hard stools.

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