How to Fix a Clogged Toilet

How to Fix Clogged Toilet. New Toilet.

A clogged toilet can be a huge inconvenience that disrupts your daily routine, costs you time, and stresses you out.

Don’t allow a clogged toilet to ruin your day.

Let Resicon be your go-to for toilet maintenance, repair, and installation. We are experts in plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and we work with residential customers and commercial properties in Greater Seattle.

We have the professional tools and experience to quickly remove clogs and get the water in your drains moving again.

Signs Your Toilet Is Clogged

  • Your toilet does not flush, or the flush is weak. The clog may be in the drain, sewer line, or toilet trap that runs between the exit hole in the bowl and the drain. If the clog is in the drain or sewer line, other fixtures, including sinks, tubs, and showers, will drain slowly.
  • A weak flush could indicate the water jets on the underside of the rim are clogged or the jet hole inside the bowl is corroded, impeding water flow.
  • You can hear gurgling sounds when you flush.
  • The water rises in the bowl after a flush and drains out slowly.
  • Foul odors could indicate toilet paper, waste, and other items have accumulated in the trap. Odors from your toilet and other drains signal a possible sewer line clog.

Call us at Resicon if you notice any of these signs. One of our licensed plumbers will diagnose the problem and fix it promptly. You will not have to lift a finger. Your fixture will be up and running in no time, restoring peace of mind and your daily routine. 

DIY Bathroom Toilet Repairs

If you enjoy do-it-yourself work around your CITY house, you can take these steps to remove a toilet clog:

  • Plunge the Clog Away
    Use a toilet plunger for this task. A toilet plunger has a rounded rubber cup attached to the end of a straight handle you can grasp. A flange inside the cup extends below the rubber cup rim. If your plunger has a rounded cup with no flange, it is a sink plunger.

    Before you begin plunging, be sure there is enough water in the toilet to cover a portion of the plunger cup. Add water if needed. Extend the flange and place the plunger over the drain hole. Be sure the cup seals around the hole.

    Push up and down on the plunger several times, taking care not to break the seal.

    Flush the toilet. If the water begins to fill the bowl rather than exit through the drain, quickly open the toilet tank lid and push the flapper down so it does not allow more water into the bowl. You want to avoid an overflow.

    You can plunge again as soon as the tank stops filling.
  • Break Apart the Clog
    If you have a drain snake called a toilet auger, you can try breaking up the clog or removing it from the trap. The tool consists of a metal tube with a cable inside. The cable has a corkscrew on the end. A crank on the tube extends the cable.

    With the tube in the toilet, crank the cable to move it through the trap and destroy the clog. You may snag bits of the obstruction that you can pull out of the bowl and discard safely in the trash.

    If the tool does not break up the clog, the blockage may be in the drain, not the trap. Let Resicon make life easier. We have the tools and expertise for the job.

Upgrade Your Puyallup Bathroom

If your toilet is older, inefficient, and prone to leaks, consider replacing it with a high-efficiency model. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says installing a toilet with the WaterSense label can reduce water use for toilets by 20 to 60 percent and save $140 annually in water costs.

Our skilled Seattle plumbers can recommend the best high-efficiency toilet for your CITY home.

Avoid Toilet Clogs

  • Flush only waste and toilet paper. Toss paper towels, personal hygiene products, flushable wiping clothes, dental floss, coffee grounds, and cigarettes in the garbage.
  • Keep children from playing near the toilet and dropping toys in the bowl.
  • Be careful with items on shelves or the tank lid that might accidentally drop into the bowl.
  • Use toilet paper moderately.

Let Resicon Clear Clogs

At Resicon, we are eager to recommend solutions for your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs in Puyallup, WA. Call us at 253-527-7374 or request service online.

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