Unclogging Your Toilet Without A Plumber

One of the most frustrating things that can happen with your home plumbing is the clogged toilet. If you ask us, it ranks right up there just behind burst pipes and failed water heaters first thing in the morning. Fortunately, a clogged toilet is much less destructive than a burst pipe and generally a quicker fix than either. We can’t guarantee that the tactics we discuss here will allow you to unclog your own toilet every time, but they are certainly a place to start before calling a Markham plumber.

The first step will be to determine whether you toilet is continuing to run or not. If it is working properly, then you have no further problems, but if it’s continuing to run you might be in for a flood. If it’s already overflowing, or closely approaching the rim, this needs to be your first concern. Find the valve on the water supply (usually right behind the toilet on a piece of waterline running from the floor to the toilet’s tank and turn it off.

Now that you’ve eliminated the risk of flooding like a true Markham plumber, it’s time to unclog the drain. Step one will be to use a toilet plunger in order to clear the blockage. This device works by forcing water into the drain under pressure with the goal of pushing the blockage to a point where it can flow freely again. Don’t be afraid to really pump the plunger hard, in most cases, it will take a significant amount of force and several pumps to clear the blockage. This simple device is a worthy investment for any home owner and will be the only step needed to repair the majority of blockages.

In the cases where this isn’t enough, you may need to use a small toilet auger in order to break up the blockage. These can be purchased at many stores for a very small price and are basically just composed of a flexible cable just long enough to pass through the toilet with an auger on one end and a handle on the other.  The auger is inserted into the toilet’s drain and the handle is cranked until it reaches the obstruction and the bowl can drain. After the bowl is fully drained, the auger can be removed from the toilet.

This should clear nearly blockages, but every once in a while a rare clog will still resist. If you have tried both of these tools and the toilet is still clogged, then it may be time to finally call in the expert Markham plumbers.