It has happened to us all. We use the restroom, press the lever to flush the toilet, and do not hear the reassuring flush we are accustomed to. Instead, there is no flush and we begin to see water filling the bowl. Before panic overtakes this potentially embarrassing situation, here are a few things you can try to immediately assess the situation. By assessing how serious your toilet clog is, you will be able to decide if you need to call someone for a repair.
Before you begin any of the methods below, make sure to prep the area by doing a few easy actions. First, cover the floor around the toilet (this is important if you are worried about overflow), put on rubber gloves, make sure the bathroom is well ventilated and get ready to try a few methods. Depending on the clog, you might decide to take the lid off of the tank and close the flapper or to shut off the water supply to the toilet. Both are easy to do when attempting a fix.
1. Tap the toilet bowl. Tap the backside of the bowl with your feet to try to dislodge the clog (you can wear shoes or do this with your bare feet). A small clog has the possibility of passing through and solving the problem.
2. Pour in some hot water. Take a pot of boiling water and pour it into the bowl. Wait for a few minutes to see if this is your fix. The heat of the boiling water could help break up the clog.
3. Squirt in some soap. Just squirt in a drop or two of dishwashing soap. Wait a few minutes and then add hot water. The dishwashing soap can act as a lubricant to help clear the clog through the pipes.
4. Take the plunge. Use a plunger to clear the clog by placing the plunger directly over the opening in the bottom of the toilet bowl. Use forceful motions in both directions making sure that there is enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger. If there is too much water, take a bucket or cup and remove the water to avoid making a mess.
At times, these methods may not work. If you find you have tried various methods with no success or other areas of your home are backing up (such as tubs, showers or sinks), it is time to call a professional immediately. A plumber will be able to diagnose where the clog is and make the repair promptly.
If you live in the Dallas area and find that you are flushed with panic over a toilet clog or blockage, contact Levy and Son today!