Four Proven Techniques for Unclogging a Toilet (Part One) - Parker & Sons

Listen, we have all been there. It is nothing to be ashamed off. Toilets clog! It is part of life. Part of the life of toilets. Part of plumbing. And often, a big part of being a plumber is dealing with the clogs. Just like snowflakes, every clog is unique in its own way. So, by necessity we need to use a number of different approaches and technique when it comes to busting clogs. You don’t want to approach a clog without using the right tool or technique, lest you waste your time and maybe even damage your plumbing system! Today, we are going to start a series of blogs detailing four proven techniques for unclogging toilets.

1. Setting the Stage

Before doing any amateur plumbing work, we recommend that you set the stage properly. We recommend putting down some newspaper around the toilet just in case overflows happen. Depending on the severity of the clog, and the busting technique you are going to be using, it may be a wise idea to turn off the water sources as well. If the toilet is constantly running, you may need to lift the lid on the tank and manually seal the flapper. Now, let’s start unclogging.

2. The Classic Unclog – Plunger Time!!

For most of us, the go-to tool when it comes to clearing a clog is the old, reliable plunger. That is good reason for that! The plunger is a simple, inexpensive tool which is effective for clearing most minor clogs. High-quality large heavy-duty rubber plungers are MUCH more effective than simple cup-shaped plungers, so we recommend having one handy. When performing the plung, hold the plunger directly over the drain and press strait down. Use firm, even, steady, and strong strokes to loosen the clog and restore flow to the toilet.

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