Don’t just sit there.

So you've got a clogged toilet.
Now what?

When the toilet water keeps rising, so does our anxiety. It’s okay, no need to panic. Although toilets aren’t made to withstand the power of Liquid-Plumr®, there’s still hope. Here’s how to unclog a 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.

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Step 2: Grab the plunger

The best way to unclog a 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”.

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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.

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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…

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Step 5: The drain snake or auger

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.

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Step 6: Call the plumber

If the clog still remains after using a snake or closet auger, put down your tools and call the plumber. They might be able to get a better look at the plumbing to diagnose the problem.
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