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Unclogging Your Toilet by Yourself

Don’t be intimidated by your plunger. Unclogging your toilet may be easier than you think! Just make sure you have the right equipment… learn more about how to diy your way to an unclogged toilet and the tools you’ll need.

Video Transcript

Clogged toilets are no fun, the good news is a clogged toilet doesn’t always mean a call to the plumber. I’m Miriam Johnson, co-host of the tv series Hometime. Let me show you how you might be able to unclog a toilet yourself.

A clog means that the water can’t go down the drain freely, so we want to locate the shut-off valve that supplies water to the toilet. We’re going to turn that off so we don’t add more water to the problem. Next, choose your weapon. Now the cup style plunger is for sink clogs, not toilets. What you want is a flange style plunger. Now the flange is going to create an airtight seal with the hole at the bottom of the toilet. If there’s too much water in the toilet and it’s going to splash and slash, you wait to bail a little bit out.

Here we go. Tip the plunger so that the cups fill with water. Position it vertically over the drain, and then gently push down and then pull up fast and that should clear most clogs. That’s what we’re looking for. Hopefully, this will work. If it doesn’t, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you out.