How to Unstuck a Toilet

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Incorrectly clearing your toilet can result in a damaged U-joint. Additionally, you may jam the blockage further into the pipe, making it even more difficult to clear. Correctly clearing a toilet involves gradually progressing from easy options to more complicated options.

Things You'll Need

  • Plunger
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toilet bowl cleanser
  • Manual snake with 6-foot extension
  • Plunge the toilet in short, vigorous motions, ensuring that the flange maintains a vacuum seal around the toilet's drain.

  • Take a brief break from plunging every four or five plunges to see if the water drains.

  • Plunge again, continuing to plunge for 5 or 6 minutes.

  • Empty one bottle of toilet-bowl cleanser into the toilet bowl, allowing it to slowly sink down the drain and into the pipes. Allow the cleaner to sit for up to 12 hours.

  • Plunge the toilet for 5 or 6 minutes to see if the cleanser has loosened the blockage enough for the plunger's vacuum to unstick the toilet.

  • Insert the tip of the manual snake into the toilet foot by foot, rotating the handle as you insert more of the snake. The snake consists of a winding, metal wire that extends and retracts as you turn the handle. Make sure you wear your rubber gloves.

  • Rotate the handle until the snake hits the blockage.

  • Rotate the handle, allowing the snake to dig and grip and break up the blockage.

  • Twist the snake counter clockwise until you've fully withdrawn it from your toilet.

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