How to Clear a Clogged Toilet Drain

How to Clear a Clogged Toilet Drain

This guide teaches you how to clear a clogged toilet drain. Chances are that if you're reading this guide you have an overflowing toilet. Clearing a clogged toilet drain is somewhat different than clearing drains found in other parts of the home because your toilet plumbing can accept quite large objects that fall into the toilet bowl. But its one home repair that you can accomplish quite easily in most cases. Let's get started with that clogged toilet.

Most clogged toilets can be unclogged with a regular old toilet plunger. Push the plunger down over the hole in the toilet bowl and lift up quickly on the plunger, using a pumping motion. Do this repeatedly several times to try to break the clog in the toilet free. If you have cleared the clog from the toilet drain, you should see the water level recede to its normal level. If not, repeat the procedure above until the clog is cleared.

If using a plunger does not remove the clog from the toilet drain then you will need to try using a coat hanger or piece of stiff wire to clear the clog. If you stick the wire down into the toilet and feel something lodged, you will need to make a hook on the end of the wire and try to bring the clog back up out of the toilet drain. If the object is obviously very large, you do not want to push it further down into the plumbing or you will be learning how to remove a toilet.

If the wire doesn't clear the clogged toilet drain, then you'll need a plumbing snake. These are used in basically the same way that you used the wire. Feed the end of it down into the toilet drain until you feel the object that is blocking the drain. Twist the snake around until the object is clear and then pull the snake back out. Once your drain is unclogged you can flush the toilet. Keep these tips in mind the next time you need to know how to clear a clogged toilet drain.

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