In our last entry, we went over some common commode problems and what you can do to fix them. In this blog, we’re going to cover a few more of these everyday toilet issues and how to take care of them. If you have a plumbing emergency or you don’t have the time or desire to fix problems with your plumbing either at home or at your business, call Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in Eastlake today. Our highly-trained and experienced plumbers are more than happy to make sure that your plumbing and HVAC systems are running the way they should be.

Is Your Toilet Clogged?

Toilet clogs come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes they clog up because of normal use and other times a surfeit of toilet paper can be the cause, or maybe your kids flushed something down the toilet that was never meant to be flushed. Most of the time clogs aren’t too big of a problem, but sometimes they can be very difficult to take care. Below are some tips about taking care of clogs.

Proper Plunger Technique

First things first, if the toilet is in danger of overflowing, shut off the water. This knob can usually be found near the floor on the backside of the toilet. If the water level in the toilet is still too high after turning the water off, bale out some of the excess water. (If you don’t feel like dumping toilet water into your sink or bathtub, just keep the containers of water nearby and empty them back into the toilet once you get it running again.)

When the water is at an acceptable level, grab a plunger. For toilet you want a flange plunger or an accordion plunger. A flange plunger isn’t just a simple half-circle shape but is designed to fit into the mouth of a toilet. Flange and accordion plungers also integrate a bulb that allows for more air to be pushed down into the pipes in order to clear a clog.

When you insert the plunger into the toilet, you want to make sure that the flange is inside of the hole at the bottom. This ensures that the air is directed into the pipe where it is needed. When you start to plunge, make sure that you aren’t pushing directly downward because that sends the air down against the porcelain instead of through the pipes. You’ll want to push down five to ten loads of air in fairly quick succession and then see if it did the job. If the toilet is still plugged, try again. If, after a few rounds of plunging, the clog hasn’t been cleared, you should probably call us at Tom Schaefer Plumbing. You might have a clog that can only be taken care of by a professional.

We hope you learned something from this blog, and always remember to contact us for any plumbing problems you need taken care of. Our experience and knowledge can solve any plumbing or HVAC problem you might have.