Toilet clogged? It’s the first time for many to live away from home, so this may not have been a routine task. Okay, let’s get started with just a few simple steps:
You can’t plunge without water to push and pull the clog. If the toilet is pretty empty, go ahead and flush to let it fill up again.
Insert the plunger into the bowl and cover the bottom hole. Gently press down to let the air out of the plunger. If the air step is skipped the first plunge can result in unpleasant splash.
Remember to always be completely covering the hole in the bottom of the bowl, slowly press, slowly pull. Press. Pull. Do this a dozen times. If the water suddenly starts draining, you’ve done it. If the water level stays put the clog at least became a little looser.
Cross your fingers and give it a flush. In most cases this is the last step and the bowl is cleared. If it drains but the water isn’t clear give the bowl a second flush for a sparkling finish. On the other hand the clog may remain. If so read on.
Repeat steps 2 and 3, the gentle dive and plunge. If the clog remains try the rapid pump. It’s like plunging but with smaller, firmer strokes. Just an inch or two in. An inch or two out.
Speed this up and while it takes muscle, it also clears clogs. After 20 seconds of rapid pumping do another flush. Hopefully you’re in the clear.
Chances are you unclogged the toilet. Before you throw that plunger back into the cupboard remember to clean it off.
You did it. Nice work. Now you can teach your roommates next time it happens.
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