A clogged toilet means your toilet drainage is either partially or fully blocked. Slow draining toilets are what’s called “clogged slobs.” Generally, the water level remains at normal or above average height for a few minutes before draining to the normal level. You may not even realize that your toilet is clogged until when you flush it anyway.
Clogging typically occurs in older toilets with plastic or metal bowl assemblies and the plunger used to flush them. In these toilets, the seal between the bowl assembly and the drainpipe is deteriorating. For more information, see the article on How To Solve A Blocked Bathroom Floor.
First, locate the plunger and turn it clockwise until the seal breaks. This will allow the plunger to come out and make contact with the drain pipe. When this happens, you’ll need to locate the rubber flange and pull it straight up off the bowl assembly. This will allow you to replace the rubber flange with a new one. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If the toilet is still running and you are still having trouble getting it to flush properly, check for another cause. It could be a buildup of sediment inside the toilet tank. Try plunging the toilet until you hear an “Oops!” From the bowl sounding like an overflowing flapper.
Sometimes a clogged flapper causes the water level in the toilet bowl to become extremely low. Sometimes the flapper simply wears out and becomes ineffective. In these cases, adding extra drainpipe capacity may be necessary to alleviate the problem.
A blocked flapper can also be caused by a blockage in the drainage pipe. If you open the toilet bowl and give it a good cleaning, sometimes the clog will work itself out without too much additional effort on your part. But if you have a stubborn blockage, you may still need to use a plunger to remove the clog. When a plunger isn’t doing the trick, you can try to widen the opening with some plumber’s putty or even a brick.
A clogged toilet bowl can often be cleared out fairly easily if you are patient and methodical. Simply remove the bowl from the toilet and wipe it down using just some toilet paper and some bleach. This will loosen any build up of old deposits that can clog the system.
If all else fails, you can try to turn the water on and run some hot water through the pipes to see if this makes a difference. If not, you should place a small bucket underneath the bowl to catch any overflow water. At this point you should use a plunger to force the water down and out of the drain. You should repeat this procedure a few times and see if the clog comes out. If not, then you may need to call a plumber to take care of the problem.
A clogged bathroom sink can be quite the nightmare, but they are usually easy to clear up with a little know how and a trip to your local plumbing professional. Sinks that are clogged usually have a few things that cause them to become clogged. The biggest culprit in most cases is the trap of a dirty tea pot. Call a Plumbing Brentwood professional or read some home repair articles on the Internet to find out how to remove a clogged trap.
Another common clog problem is caused by overusing the toilet bowl. As you flush the toilet, you create pressure in the pipes that push the waste through the bowl. If the plunger isn’t strong enough to get the entire clog out, it will force the clog down deeper into the pipe. If enough water is used, the clog can actually break loose and go its own way, which is a good thing because you don’t want to deal with a clogged toilet again.
There are a couple different ways to clear a clogged pipe. In some cases, a good dose of baking soda and some household bleach will do the trick. This process should work every time and it does remove clogs, but if you’re going to use a plunger, you need to be sure you use enough water to completely flush the system.
Some people feel that plumbers are dirty. While this may be true in some cases, you shouldn’t let that stop you from calling a professional plumber to help you clear your clogged toilet. Professional plumbers have tools that are better for preventing clogs than your average homeowner has. For example, a plunger made out of rubber gloves is far more effective at removing a clog. Check out the next article on how to flush a toilet, and you’ll learn how to use a plunger safely.