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Water restoration: Unclogging a toilet

Published by 911 Restoration Charlotte on October 14, 2013 in category: Water Damage Restoration

water removalI don’t think there are many things that are more frustrating than a clogged toilet. It can be quite messy in certain situations, and become problematic very quickly. However, this is one of the few plumbing problems that can be handled without the use of a plumbing professional. There are a few ways that a clogged toilet can be fixed. I would like to discuss these remedies in further detail.

Use a Plunger

This is the typical method that most will try with a clogged toilet. You simply use a plunger and place it in the bottom of the toilet and push vigorously until the toilet comes unclogged. Make sure that there is enough water to cover the rubber part of the plunger, or you will have trouble.

Use an Auger

An auger is a piece of equipment that has a “snake” on one end and a handle on the other that is used to rotate the snake portion. You simply insert the snake into the toilet and turn it with the handle to unclog the toilet.

Call a Professional

If these two methods fail and your toilet is hopelessly clogged, then I would call a plumber. A plumbing professional can use other methods to unclog your toilet and alleviate any further problems that could arise.

Over float Toilet
If water stands too long on the floor, you are at risk of mold growth and rotten wood. The inspection is free, so I recommend to call a restoration company and prevent the consequences from water damage.

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