Finding Plumbing Issues Early

How To Clear A Clogged Toilet Effectively

by Chris Bowman

A clogged toilet can cause major problems if the toilet backs up into the house and sends raw sewage back up. You need to deal with a blockage immediately and make sure that you break the blockage up before you had a flood of toilet water spilling onto the floor. A toilet flood can cause water damage to the inside of your house and potentially cause damage that will be very costly to repair. Here is a list of the items that you need to clear a clogged toilet and how to use them effectively. 

Here is a list of items that you will need to complete this task:

  • A coat hanger
  • A rag
  • One roll of duct tape
  • A plunger

1 - Take a coat hanger and bend it into a straight position and then take a small rag and duct tape it to the end. The rag should form a protective barrier from the sharp point on the end so that it doesn't scratch the porcelain bowl of the toilet.

2- Slowly begin to insert the coat hanger with the rag taped to the end into the toilet bowl. Push it into the bowl until you feel the obstruction at the other end. Maneuver the coat hanger around to try and dislodge the obstruction. When you feel the obstruction comes loose begin to remove the coat hanger from the bowl. You should see some loose bits or shards begin to fill up the toilet water.

3 – Take the plunger and insert it into the bowl and plunge the toilet a couple times to loosen up any remaining blockage in the toilet. Make sure that you plunge five or six full plunges in an up and then down motion with the plunger before removing it.

4 – Remove the plunger and attempt to flush the toilet. If you have successfully cleared the toilet then the water will completely go down. If the toilet is still blocked, take the plunger and attempt to break it up again by repeating the instructions outlined in step three.

If you follow the steps outlined above and the toilet doesn't clear properly then it could be a sign of a much larger plumbing issue that a professional plumber needs to fix. A professionally trained plumber (such as one from Aalco-The Drain Doctor) will have the training to be able to take apart the pipes and fix the problem without causing any damage to the toilet bowl.