How to Plunge a Toilet

Clogged toilets happen all the time, especially in homes with older toilets and septic systems. Usually, they pose no major plumbing problems unless a large object has become wedged inside, which is preventing the drainage of the wastewater. So homeowners can easily unclog them themselves using the following simple steps:

1. Check the Water Level

In order for a toilet to be plunged, there has to be enough water in it to create a strong suction. However, don't attempt to flush the toilet in order to add water. Just pour a small amount of it in with a bucket instead. It is best not to add too much water because it could make a mess whenever you start using the plunger.

2. Grab Some Dish Soap

One of the best-kept secrets in the plumbing industry is how well dish soap works to lubricate the inside of toilet pipes whenever they have become clogged. All you have to do to use it is to squirt a generous stream of the product into the toilet water before you attempt to do anything else.

3. Grab the Right Plunger

Few people realize that toilet plungers have a different shape than sink plungers, which is why they are called flange plungers. The difference lies in the extended sleeve that they have just above the base of the cup. This unique design makes it easier for the cup to fit more closely to the hole in the bottom of the toilet.

4. Start Plunging

Position the plunger over the entrance to the hole in the toilet where wastewater flushes out. Grip the plunger’s handle firmly with both of your hands and press up and down several times with it. Be careful to not break the seal of the plunger on the toilet bowl. After several rounds of plunging, it will be easy to tell that the toilet is unclogged because the wastewater will go down without pressing the toilet handle.

Clogged toilets can create major plumbing problems, but are a simple enough fix. If you have multiple clogs throughout your home or can’t fix a clog on your own, contact our team online or at (480) 630-3270.