While there are some plumbing problems that warrant calling a plumber right away, there are also more minor issues that you may be able to fix yourself. In the experience of our team here at Minyard Plumbing, Inc., backed-up toilets often fall into this second category, provided you know what to do and have the right tools for the job. In this article, we’ll go over some strategies you can use to fix backed-up toilets before you call our team–if the problem persists, our experts are ready to step in.
- Plunging- Starting with the basics, one method you can use to deal with a backed-up toilet is to simply use a plunger to dislodge the obstruction. Insert the plunger into the bowl, making sure to completely cover the hole, and slowly push down to create a seal. Then, pull up sharply (without breaking the seal) to loosen the clog. Continue to vigorously pump the plunger until the water starts to drain out–it could take 15 to 20 cycles before this happens, so be patient.
- Enzyme Products- If you are sure that the obstruction is organic waste and not a child’s toy or other object, another way to deal with backed-up toilets is to use an enzyme waste removal product. You can find such products in the plumbing aisle of many grocery stores, or in hardware stores if not. The enzymes will naturally break down the material and liquefy the obstruction, allowing water to drain properly once more.
- Plumbing Snake- A third method for unclogging a backed-up toilet is to use a plumbing snake, also called an auger. This tool features a flexible wire coil that can “snake” through the curves of your drain to reach the obstruction. Once the snake reaches the blockage, twist and push the tool to break the mass into smaller pieces so that they can move through the pipes and allow water to drain correctly again.