Don’t just sit there.

How to Unclog a Toilet With and Without a Plunger

Although you can’t use Liquid-Plumr® for toilet clogs, Liquid-Plumr® can help with other bathroom drain clogs and can unclog a bathtub drain. Here’s how to fix a clogged toilet and prevent future blockages:

Step 1: Stop flushing

Our first reaction to a clog is to pray and flush repeatedly, hoping for a miracle. Thing is, you may be adding lots more water to the bowl, and soon to your bathroom floor. If you know it’s a toilet clog, let go of the handle.


Step 2: Grab the plunger

The best way to unblock a badly blocked toilet: A toilet plunger with a flange. The flange is the smaller opening on the bottom of a toilet plunger that resembles a cup. It fits nicely into the toilet bowl drain, giving your thrusts more “oomph.”


Step 3: Plunge away

Place the plunger into the toilet drain straight and vertical. Create a tight seal with the drain, with the plunger fully submerged in water. Plunge gently at first, then vigorously, in an up and down motion.


Step 4: Patience is power

Sometimes clogs need some coaxing. Amongst the steady strokes, try a few really powerful thrusts. If after a few dozen plunges nothing is happening, you might need to try Plan B…


Step 5: How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

If the clog remains, or the toilet still isn’t flushing properly, you may need a drain snake. A drain snake is a corkscrew-tipped wire that helps you drill and push through clogs. Similarly, a closet auger helps remove clogs, but is specially-fitted for the toilet bowl and drain, allowing you to grab foreign objects — like your little one’s toys.


Step 6: When Nothing Else Works…

If the clog still remains after using a snake or closet auger, put down your tools and call the plumber. Learn more about whether you need to call a professional plumber for drain clogs or toilet clogs.

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