How to Plunge a Clogged Toilet

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Use a plunger to unclog a toilet.
Use a plunger to unclog a toilet. (Image: disables bathroom image by Wolszczak from Fotolia.com)

One chore no one is excited to tackle is the dreaded clogged toilet. Toilets become clogged when too much toilet paper or other items become stuck in the pipes. Attempting to flush the clog may cause an overflow. The clog requires suction to dislodge it and allow water to flow freely through the pipes.

Things You'll Need

  • Plunger
  • Closet auger

Position a plunger over the center of the toilet drain.

Push the plunger up and down quickly three to four times to create suction. Remove the plunger to see if water drains down the hole.

Pour a bucket of water down the drain hole and flush the toilet to aid in flushing the clog out of the pipes.

Stick a closet auger down the toilet drain hole if the plunger does not unclog the toilet. Run the auger down as far as possible, turning it clockwise as it glides down the drain.

Push on the auger gently to attempt to dislodge the clog without scratching the toilet.

Remove the auger and plunge the toilet again to push the clog down the pipes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the plunger and closet auger do not work, call in a professional plumber to help dislodge the clog.
  • Do not flush the toilet if it is clogged, as you risk overflowing the toilet.

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