SLIDESHOW:A simple way to clear a clogged toilet

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With a little practice, anyone can get a clogged toilet back up and running in minutes, without flooding the bathroom and making the situation worse.

 

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If the clog resists all your efforts, you’ll probably have to pull up the toilet. This job will take several hours, because you have to turn off and unhook the water supply, partially disassemble the toilet, and unscrew it from its mounting ring. Chances are, you can then get at the problem. Be sure to buy a new wax ring and new mounting bolts to reseal the toilet base to the mounting ring.

However, if other drains in your home are plugged, or if water comes up through them, the problem is probably farther down in the main drainpipes, often out of easy reach. For those clogs you may have to call a plumber.

Toilet Do’s and Don’ts

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 1. Avoid chemicals. Don’t be suckered into thinking that powerful chemicals will do the messy work for you. They sometimes work, but they’re slower. And when they don’t work, you have a drain full of corrosive water on your hands. If you tried chemicals and they didn’t work, run as much water into the toilet as possible and let it sit overnight to drain through the clog. Then, when you plunge, wear safety goggles and rubber gloves to keep the water out of your eyes and off your bare skin.

2. Keep the toilet cover down, especially if you have small kids, so toys and hairbrushes won’t fall into the toilet.

3. Don’t pour hardening compounds down the toilet.These include such things as drywall joint compound, grease, caulk and wax products.

 

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