Clogged toilet: What now?

When you find yourself with a clogged toilet, the most important thing you want to remember is don't...

When you find yourself with a clogged toilet, the most important thing you want to remember is don't flush! If you continually flush a clogged toilet you will have an even bigger problem on your hands. Nobody wants to have to clean up after an overflowing toilet. Every bathroom needs to be equipped with a plunger. A toilet plunger is your best choice of tool to try first. If a toilet plunger is not available, a basic sink plunger can be used as well. A sink plunger doesn't work as well for an elongated bowl, due to the fact that it will have difficulty creating a perfect seal. However, it is still possible to get the job done, depending upon the clog.

If the plunger method proves futile, then its time to move on to step two. A chemical drain cleaner is an option if you know that it is not a solid object that has created the clog, such as a child's toy. Before you get a chemical drain cleaner, you need to take into consideration if you are on a septic or sewer system. For homes connected to a sewer system, consult the regulations of your sewer management company because there may be restrictions on the use of some chemicals treatments. Keep in mind that with a septic system, if you use a chemical drain cleaner, it is very important to follow up with a septic treatment or you may need to call to have your septic tank pumped before you were planning on it. The chemicals create an unbalance in the breakdown of the septic contents and can cause it to overflow before the material has time to organically decompose.

A reasonably handy homeowner can also employ the use of a plumber's snake to rid the block in the plumbing. These can be purchased at any home improvement center and are very handy to keep near your tool box or under the sink. A plumber's snake will run a coiled metal line through your plumbing where physical force will help to dislodge the clogged material. It is also possible for the snake to grab the clogged material and retrieve it so that it can safely be disposed of in a manner that won't further clog the plumbing lines of your home. Once the water is flowing, follow up with a couple of full flushes to make sure that the clog has been completely alleviated.

After you have unsuccessfully tried the above methods, consult Kudzu to find a qualified Atlanta plumber who can bring in more heavy-duty equipment, such as a jetter, to clear your lines. Best of luck, and remember to always be mindful of what's in the bowl before you flush the handle.

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