How To Fix a Clogged Toilet

How to Unclog a Toilet & Preventing a Clog in the First Place

Toilets are one of the most common plumbing problems for which people call our office. It’s usually a blocked toilet that is at risk of overflowing onto the bathroom floor. On this page, we’ll discuss some of the common causes and how you can fix it.

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How to Tell if Your Toilet is Clogged

Signs that your toilet (or sewer line) is blocked include:

  • The water does not flush properly, stays in the bowl for long periods or ends up overflowing over the top of the bowl
  • When the toilet is flushed, water starts to gurgle up in your shower or bathtub drain
  • When the washing machine is running and you notice water coming up in the showers, bathtubs, or gurgling in the toilet bowl. That is a sign of water that can’t leave the house easily and is backing up into the other sewer lines.
  • If you notice fluid leaking out of the sewer drain out outside of your home.

Causes of a Clogged Toilet

There are many reasons why toilets get clogged. Perhaps from how the toilet is used, the mechanics of the toilet, or issues with the water supply.

Why is My Toilet Clogged?

This article will cover several of these reasons your toilet could be clogged and provide some fixes, as well as offer tips to keep your toilet from future clogs.

  • Low-flow toilets: Some older low flow toilets simply do not have enough power to properly flush.
  • Poor drains: Old pipes that have been damaged by the home’s foundation, tree roots or age can restrict the flow through the drain lines.
  • Blocked toilet trap: The trap is part of the toilet behind the bowl that is shaped like the letter S. Kids toys, wads of toilet paper, paper towels or feminine products are the usual culprits. Plungers can be effective in this case, although, for toys or other hard objects, it is better to retrieve them to prevent damage to the drain lines.
  • Toys: curious kids “teaching big bird to swim” is not a recipe for success!
  • Too much paper all at once.

How To Prevent Toilet Clogs

Items You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet

Here are a few tips to help keep your toilets flowing freely. Don’t flush any of the following:

  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Floss
  • Hair
  • Feminine products
  • Medicine
  • Plastic
  • Diapers

If it’s too late to a prevent an already clogged toilet, and you need a plumber’s assistance, call 972-833-8660 for professional plumbing services in Plano and the surrounding communities including Rockwall, Richardson, and Garland.

How Do You Properly Use a Toilet Plunger?

Quite often, all that is needed to clear a simple clogged toilet is a toilet plunger. They usually cost less than $10 at your local hardware store and tend to get the job done quickly and without too much mess.

How to Fix a Toilet Clog

Align the head of the plunger over the toilet drain as shown in the picture and quickly push down on the handle 2 or 3 times. That normally does the trick and you’ll hear and see the water flowing down the drain. Once this happens, give the toilet a couple of full flushes to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Here is a short video on how to use a toilet plunger that was produced by Home Dept.

If you find that your toilet gets frequently blocked for no apparent reason, there may be other more systemic issues that should be addressed. We recommend that you call us at 972-833-8660 for a drain system inspection to fix a clogged toilet.

What are Homemade & Chemical Drain Cleaners?

Some people swear by their homemade drain cleaning formulas. While they are kinder to the environment than their chemical counterparts, their effect may be limited.

Usually, a combination of hot water, vinegar, and baking soda is recommended, although do not use boiling hot water as it may crack the porcelain of the toilet. If you want to try this method, you may try “Googling” homemade toilet drain cleaners and see what other people have been using.

How to Unclog a Toilet with a Plumbing Snake

What is an Auger?

A plumbing snake is a device you can usually rent at a hardware store that you insert into the toilet. When the handle is rotated, the “snake” spins around and when it reaches the blockage, hopefully, it dislodges it enough that water flows freely and flushes the offending object away.

Plumbing snakes may also be known as a closet auger, which is specifically designed for unclogging toilets without harming the toilet bowl.

How to Use an Auger

The idea is to feed the end of the snake into the toilet drain opening until you can feel the obstruction. Sometimes the blockage is so far along the drain line, that your plumber snake is not long enough, and you’ll need to find another drain access point, possibly from the outside of your home.

The main concern from a DIY perspective is making a mess and what happens if this does not fix the blockage. If a tree root is the cause of a blocked drain line, then you will need to hire a master plumber with specialized augers or plumber snakes that are designed to cut through tree roots or other hard objects.

Final Thoughts: Your Comprehensive Toilet Unclogging Summary and Next Steps

Navigating a clogged toilet doesn’t have to be daunting. With the right knowledge and tools, you can handle any blockage efficiently. Let’s recap our discussion and explore the next steps:

  • Understanding Toilet Clogs: Various factors, such as water pressure and inappropriate items flushed, contribute to toilet blockages. Recognizing these factors can help prevent future clogs.
  • Items to Avoid Flushing: Baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and certain food scraps can exacerbate toilet clogs. Being mindful of what you flush can prevent unnecessary blockages.
  • Essential Tools: From plungers to DIY solutions like baking soda and vinegar, you have several options for unclogging a toilet. Understanding how to use these tools effectively is key to successful unclogging.
  • Knowing When to Seek Help: If DIY methods fail to resolve the issue, it may be time to call in the experts. Professional plumbers, like those at Staggs Plumbing, can efficiently tackle stubborn clogs and ensure your toilet functions properly.
  • Next Steps: If you’ve tried DIY methods and still encounter persistent issues, don’t hesitate to contact Staggs Plumbing at 972-833-8660. Our experienced team in Rockwall, TX, is ready to assist you with any plumbing concerns. Whether it’s a stubborn clog or general plumbing maintenance, we’re here to provide reliable service and restore peace of mind.
Remember, proactive maintenance and responsible flushing habits can help prevent future toilet clogs. With Staggs Plumbing by your side, you can enjoy a smoothly functioning toilet and a stress-free plumbing experience. Contact us today for expert assistance!

Beyond DIY: What to Do Next

When DIY efforts fall short and the stubborn clog persists, it’s time to explore further options. Consider these steps to address the issue effectively:

  • Rent a Wet/Dry Vacuum: Sometimes, traditional methods just won’t cut it. Renting a wet/dry vacuum from a hardware store can provide the extra power needed to suction out the stubborn clog. While not the most pleasant task, it’s a reliable solution.
  • Address Plumbing Issues: Frequent toilet clogs may indicate underlying plumbing issues, especially with older low-flow toilets. Investing in professional plumbing services can identify and fix these issues, preventing future blockages.
  • Call in the Professionals: When DIY efforts and temporary fixes prove futile, it’s best to call in the experts. A professional plumber, like those at Staggs Plumbing, has the knowledge and tools to efficiently assess and resolve even the most challenging toilet clogs.
Don’t let a persistent toilet clog disrupt your peace of mind. Contact Staggs Plumbing at 972-833-8660 for expert assistance. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing reliable plumbing solutions and restoring functionality to your toilet.

Call a Professional Plumber for Toilet Repair & Other Plumbing Repairs in Plano

Many homeowners are quite handy when it comes to minor fixes, especially with the plethora of help you can find on places like YouTube. Quite often, it’s a simple fix that costs very little and can be performed in a short amount of time. Having a $10 toilet plunger in the bathroom can save you the time and expense of bringing in a plumber to fix your issue.

At some point though, the average DIY-er should not think about fixing it themselves and leave it to the professionals like Staggs Plumbing. All too often, we have seen someone attempt to fix a plumbing issue themselves, only to make the problem worse. A cracked toilet or broken sewer pipe can be disastrous to your home, your health and your wallet.

If you want it fixed right and fixed the first time, choose a plumber with high consumer ratings, a company with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and excellent user reviews. We’re here to take care of your home and make it safe for you and your family.

Contact us online or call 972-833-8660 to schedule reliable and affordable plumbing services in Dallas and the surrounding communities. We have offices in Plano TX and Rockwall Texas that dispatch our plumbers to all cities within about a 30-mile radius.

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