A clogged toilet can be a nightmare. If your toilet is backed up, you don’t need to panic, and you don’t need to call a plumber. You can do it yourself in an hour or less, and with just a few basic tools and supplies. Here’s what you’ll need for this simple DIY project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Closet Auger
Let the water go down. Start by turning off the water with the shutoff valve behind the toilet. This will prevent water from re-filling the toilet.
Plunge the toilet. Plunging is the easiest way to remove natural clogs. If your toilet bowl is full, let it sit for 20 minutes to allow the water to drain. Before you begin plunging, make sure there’s enough water in the bowl to completely cover the plunger. Pump it vigorously half a dozen times, rest, and repeat. Most of the time this process will clear the clog.
Turn the water back on. If you need more water in the toilet bowl as you plunge, lift the flush valve in the tank. Add only enough water to cover your plunger, then resume plunging. When the drain seems clear, try a controlled flush with your hand ready to close the flush valve.
Insert auger. If plunging doesn’t work, move onto an auger. With the tip fully withdrawn, insert the auger by firmly placing the end of the tool at the bottom of the bowl.
Rotate handle. As you push down on the rod, rotate the handle clockwise. This will move the rotating tip into the back of the trap. When you feel resistance, you’ve snagged whatever’s clogging your toilet. Continue rotating the auger counterclockwise as you withdraw the cable and object.
Remove auger. Pull back the auger until you’ve removed whatever was blocking your toilet. Your toilet should now be clog-free. Give it a flush, and watch with pride as the water goes down the drain.