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How to Unclog a Toilet

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

If you've ever experienced a clogged toilet, you know how frustrating and inconvenient it can be. Luckily, plunging a toilet is a simple and effective way to fix the problem. In this blog post, we'll go over the steps to properly plunge a toilet.


Step 1 Gather the necessary tools: Before you begin plunging, you'll need a few tools: a plunger and rubber gloves. The plunger should have a flange, or rubber sleeve, that can fit snugly over the toilet drain.




Step 2 Protect the surrounding: area Clogs can cause water to overflow from the toilet bowl, so it's important to protect the surrounding area. Lay down towels or newspaper on the floor around the toilet to catch any spills.


Step 3 Fill the toilet bowl with water (if necessary): To get the most suction from the plunger, you'll need to fill the toilet bowl with water. If the water level is low, pour a bucket of water into the bowl until it's about halfway full.


Step 4 Position the plunger: Place the plunger over the toilet drain, making sure that the rubber flange creates a tight seal. The plunger should be fully submerged in water.


Step 5 Plunge: Using a firm, up-and-down motion, push the plunger down and then pull it up quickly. Continue plunging for about 20-30 seconds.


Step 6 Check for success: After plunging, check to see if the water in the toilet bowl has drained. If the water has drained, flush the toilet to ensure that the clog is completely cleared. If the water hasn't drained, repeat the plunging process.


Step 7 Clean up: Once the clog is cleared, remove the plunger and flush the toilet a few times to ensure that the water is flowing freely. Dispose of any paper or waste in the toilet and then remove the protective towels or newspaper from the floor.




In conclusion, plunging a toilet may seem intimidating at first, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be a simple and effective way to clear a clog. Remember to protect the surrounding area, use a firm up-and-down motion, and check for success before cleaning up. If the clog persists, it may be time to call or text EAMS Plumbing at 916-479-3109.


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