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How to Unclog a Toilet

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    • Before you begin, make sure to use the correct type of plunger:

    • A proper toilet plunger has a funnel-shaped flange extending from the bottom of the rubber cup.

    • A sink plunger just uses a rubber cup, which doesn't form a tight seal inside the toilet bowl.

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    • Do not try to continuously flush a clogged toilet. This will likely result in an overflowing toilet bowl.

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    • If need be, use a pitcher or a cup to add more water to the toilet bowl so that the water level is about half-way full.

    • You'll want to add enough water so that the outer lip of the toilet plunger's rubber cup is completely submerged in order to create a tight seal.

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    • Insert the toilet plunger into the toilet bowl, making sure that the narrow bell-shaped flange at the end of the plunger is inserted into the drain at the bottom of the toilet bowl.

    • Once inserted, twist the plunger back and forth a couple of times to make sure it's firmly seated at the bottom of the toilet bowl.

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    • Start by slowly pushing down on the plunger. The inside of the plunger is full of air at first, so a quick downward thrust initially will push that air out quickly and splash water all over you and your bathroom.

    • If the plunger feels a bit stiff, you can run it under hot water to loosen up the rubber.

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    • After making the initial plunge, the plunger should now be completely sealed around the toilet bowl's drain.

    • Next, vigourously force the plunger up and down several times, making sure to keep the plunger sealed to the bottom of the toilet bowl.

    • This method forces water in the drain to push and pull in both directions, eventually loosening the stuck material and unclogging the toilet.

    • After several thrusts, remove the plunger and repeat steps 5 and 6 until the toilet bowl drain clears.

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    • Once the toilet is unclogged, give the toilet a victory flush to clear out any residual matter left over from the clog.

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    • There may be times when a plunger just doesn't get the job done. In that case, a toilet auger may be more useful and persuasive.

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