Toilet Clog Blockage Removal

American Rooter is here to meet your residential, municipal, and industrial toilet blockage needs. American Rooter typically uses a toilet auger to remove stubborn materials from the drain, or to identify the existence of a foreign object. Often small children and careless adults drop small objects/toys in the toilet, and then attempt to flush them down, causing them to lodge in the toilet drain.

 

Typically you can clear a clogged toilet with a good plunger. Don’t buy the cheap orange/red plungers without the flange for doing a toilet. You are better served getting one like shown in the picture below. If you are unsuccessful in removing the clog with the plunger, you can either try a toilet auger, or removing the toilet, but we highly recommend calling a plumber. Removing a toilet requires heavy lifting, and knowledge on how to reset the toilet once the blockage is removed. For you at home do-it-yourselfers, you may want to read the following recommendations and tips below.

 

 

 

Toilet Clog Blockage Removal

 

TIP:

1) CAUTION: Wear proper eye protection before working on any plumbing project! For a plunger to work effectively, there needs to be enough water in the bowl to completely cover the plumber’s bulb. DON’T flush the toilet to provide enough water, as this will typically make the toilet overflow. Instead, get the water from another source and pour just enough in the bowl to cover the cup. Excess water may have to be removed later if you’re unsuccessful in dislodging the clog.

2) Make sure the plunger is firmly seated in the bottom of the toilet, and that the bulb is covering the drain completely, otherwise you’re wasting effort. Using a plunger with a flange at the bottom (like the one in the above picture) is most effective type for removing toilet blockages, as it creates an optimal vacum.

3) Stroke the plunger repeatedly 10 times up and down without removing it from the drain hole. The idea here is to create a vacum where the plunger will actually pull the object back towards the toilet bowl, and then forward. The back and forth vacum is what dislodges the clog.

4) Repeat process a couple of times. If the drain clears, the water in the bowl should run down. If you’re not sure if the drain is completely cleared, pour more water in the bowl by getting the water from another source before flushing the toilet.

5) If you are unsuccessful in removing the blockage, we recommend you call a plumber.


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