3 Ways to Unclog a Toilet

A clogged toilet can happen even when you don’t see a reason for the clog should have occurred. Removing the clog can be very frustrating. Learn some easy ways to unclog the toilet in your Deerfield, Illinois, home, and know when it’s time to call a plumber.

Plunge the Toilet

If you have a plunger on hand, this tool has the best chance of unclogging your toilet. Place it over the toilet’s drain to create a seal, and gently plunge a few times. Once you’ve forced the air out, plunge more aggressively while keeping the drain sealed. Some serious clogs will require you to plunge several times while some will clear up right away.

While a plunger can clear up to the majority of toilet clogs, this tool can’t always solve major plumbing problems. If your toilet still flushes slowly even though from what you can tell, the clog has been removed, there might be a problem further down in the plumbing. It might be necessary then, to contact your plumber.

Try an Enzyme Solution

When organic waste has clogged the toilet, an enzyme solution can often clear up the blockage. Read the instructions on the bottle and add the recommended amount to the toilet bowl. Enzyme solutions typically take several hours to do the job, so you might need to leave it in the toilet overnight to see any results. If the solution doesn’t have an effect, give us a call for fast and effective solutions.

Use a Snake

If all else fails, use a plumbing snake. Insert the snake into the drain and push until you meet resistance. Try to break up the clog by maneuvering the snake around gently. Once you push the clog out of the way, the toilet should drain.

Try a few test flushes to make sure the toilet drains normally again. If it still drains slowly, give us a call so we can check for other issues that might be causing the blog.

Whether you need urgent help with unclogging your toilet or other emergency plumbing repair, the licensed professionals at Carefree Comfort are here to help. Call us at 847-388-0115 for all of your plumbing needs.

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