The first thing you should do is stop and assess the situation. How bad is the clog? If your toilet is clogging up and a simple plunge doesn’t solve it, there may be a deeper issue that requires a professional plumber. If you don’t have a good plunger, go buy one. If the plunger doesn’t work, read on.
What NOT To Do
It may seem a good idea to use a liquid drain cleaner. But these products actually contain chemicals that can break down the porcelain and other materials in your toilet, causing an even worse issue. Never use drain cleaner or other unclogging chemicals in your toilet.
Don’t stick foreign objects down your toilet. Using the wrong tools can damage the lining and plumbing in your toilet, which can cause major issues that will likely cost more to repair than the original issue.
If you aren’t trained on properly unclogging the toilet, save yourself some grief by refraining from attempting things that may make it worse.
Signs Your Toilet Clog Needs a Plumber
If you are experiencing any of the following warning signs, you will save yourself time and money by contacting a plumber.
- A simple plunge doesn’t do the trick
- You think your child (or a clumsy adult) may have flushed a foreign object
- The water isn’t draining properly
- There’s a leak
- There’s a crack in the bowl or tank
- The bowl is wobbling or loose
- The flushing action seems weak