How to Pump a Toilet

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Within a toilet is an integral drain trap. The trap is designed to block noxious fumes from exiting the toilet from the main waste pipe by storing water. The vast majority of toilet clogs are the result of a blockage within this drain trap. To dislodge the clog, a pump a plunger up and down to create pressure.

Things You'll Need

  • Plunger
  • Bucket
  • Place the cup of the plunger on top of the drain at the bottom of the toilet, then pour water into the toilet bowl until the plunger's cup is submersed.

  • Pump the plunger rapidly up and down, about a dozen times, then remove the plunger.

  • Pour a bucket of water directly into the drain opening at the bottom of the toilet to force any debris through the drain, then flush the toilet.

  • Push the plunger down over the drain opening at the bottom of the toilet to create a vacuum, then quickly pull the plunger up to suck the clog free.

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References

  • "Home Repair Guide"; Ken Fund; 2007
  • Photo Credit toy toilet image by Wayne Abraham from Fotolia.com
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