Anyone who has unclogged a toilet knows it’s not a fun job, but sometimes it happens. However, there are some steps you can take to prevent a common toilet clog, giving your plunger a bit of a break.
Start by doing some rearranging. Place a garbage can right beside your toilet to prevent any urges to toss items that don’t belong into the toilet. This includes items such as cotton swabs, wet wipes, diapers, or any heavy paper items; throw them all away into the garbage can.
Use a simple trash bag, such as a grocer’s plastic bag with handles, to line the garbage can to make it easy to keep clean and empty often. Stock extra garbage bags in the bathroom, so maintaining the mess is as easy as possible.
Next, purchase and install light toilet paper beside the toilet. This will prevent a clog better than heavy or thick toilet paper would. It is also a smart idea to use less toilet paper if you can. If the situation calls for lots of paper, flush twice.
If your toilet still clogs, stop flushing and bail out water if needed. There should be just enough water to cover the plunger’s opening. Insert the plunger at an angle, start pumping, with force. Pull the plunger upward, if the water goes down the toilet, the clog is free.
Pour water into the toilet before flushing, and make sure the toilet flushes and refills properly. If this doesn’t work, it’s probably time to call the plumber for a professional solution.
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The Unclog Blog is written and published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling