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HOW TO: Unclog Your Toilet

Imagine being at someone’s house, you have to make a trip to their toilet, you finish your business and flush the toilet, but instead of going down, the water in the bowl starts filling up. This can cause panic and a feeling of not knowing what to do. 

This can be embarrassing, if the same scenario is played out at your own house when guests visit. Fortunately, unclogging a toilet is not a very difficult task. The most deadliest of clogs can be unclogged easily. All you need to do is follow the tips we’ve listed down for you.

Don’t Let the Toilet Bowl Overflow

If you find yourself in a situation where the water might overflow out of the toilet, one of the best solutions is to take the lid off the tank as quickly as possible and to close the toilet flapper. The flapper is a circular drain stopper attached to a chain that releases water from the tank into the bowl. Remember, the water in the tank isn’t dirty, so you can put your hands inside and close the flapper when needed.

The Right Products & Equipment Can Help You

Keep your toilet well-equipped with tools that can help you avert a disastrous situation. It’s important to have a heavy-duty plunger. You can either get a ball-shaped one or one with a fold-out rubber flange on the bottom which forms a seal. If you’re confused as to which one to buy, funnel-cup plungers are known to be the best in the business. But whichever type of plunger you use, make sure it’s a high-quality product. It can turn out to be durable and effective as opposed to the cheap ones. 

A pair of rubber gloves is also important. As toilets are unsanitary, a good pair of gloves can protect you from any germs. Other things you can stock up on include a scrub brush, a toilet bowl cleaner, disinfecting wipes etc.

Know how To Use the Plunger Correctly

Once you’ve bought the correct plunger and are ready to clear up the toilet bowl, there’s one last step you need to follow. This is in case the plunger is stiff and hard. You need to run it under some hot water before you use it. This will soften up the plunger and make it easier to get a better seal on the bowl. Soft plungers work brilliantly as they become more flexible.

After this, you can stick the plunger into the bowl and form a solid seal over the exit hole. Many people focus only on the downward push when plunging but it’s important to pull back as well. A few good strokes both ways will help you flush the toilet. It will be successfully unclogged, if the water gets cleared from the toilet. 

Another secret trick is to add hot water and dishwasher detergent before you start plunging. Letting the hot water and detergent sit in the bowl helps unclog the drainage pipe faster. 

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