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What To Do When Plunging Doesn’t Work!? Step by Step Guide

One of the worst fears of every home owner is a clogged toilet. Although it’s not the worst thing that can happen, everyone dreads this unfortunate event. The mess, the smell and possibly the embarrassment makes it an overall dreaded experience. As if it couldn’t get worse, what do you do when plunging doesn’t work?

Correct form
Let’s be honest, no one was ever taught in high school how to correctly plunge a toilet. In order for a plunger to successfully clear a clog, you need to use the plunger correctly. Before plunging, do your best to make sure the opening of the plunger is completely over the hole in the toilet. Slowly press down on the plunger to allow it to form a suction to the toilet drain. Next, in very quick motions, push and pull on the plunger while making sure the plunger doesn’t come up out of the water. After about six or seven plunges, remove the plunger and the clog should be free. If this didn’t work, try again as it may take a few attempts.

Proper equipment
In order for plunging to be successful, you need the right plunger. The plunger you want for the job will cost a bit more, but it’ll be much more effective at clearing the clog. Look for a funnel cup plunger; it’ll have what looks like an added round piece protruding from the bottom of the plunger.

Add hot water
A classic plunging tip is adding hot water to the toilet. Bring a pot of water to a boil, dump it into the toilet and let it sit for a few minutes and then try plunging again. Sometime the extremely hot water will help breakup or loosen the clog.

Finger on the flapper
Nothing makes plunging more unbearable than a full toilet. Once you’ve flushed the toilet the second time and realize there’s a clog, quickly remove the lid from the back of the toilet and push down the flapper. This will put a stop the toilet from filling up with water and potentially overflowing.

Auger time
When all attempts at plunging have failed, don’t lose hope – it’s time to try the auger. An auger is a wire device that goes directly into the toilet drain in an attempt to break the clog free. It can be purchased at any hardware store.

Call a professional
Once you’ve tried all the above and you still have a clogged toilet, pick up the phone and Call Gillece, we’d be more than happy to assist.