How to Use a Plunger for Minor Toilet Blockages

How to Use a Plunger for Minor Toilet Blockages

Imagine yourself using the toilet, you finish up, press the button and horrifically, you notice it is going down way too slowly, or worse the water backs up! It’s a total disaster and everything is ruined!

A clogged toilet is one of the biggest and most awful horrors in the household. It’s a big hassle, not to mention it is very messy and unsanitary. Luckily, minor blockages can sometimes be easy to fix as long as you know how to use the trusty plunger. It’s time to put your DIY hat on!

Steps in Unclogging with a Plunger

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you fix that blocked toilet without needing to hire a professional to do it for you.

Pick the Right Tool

Not all plungers are the same. There are those that are designed for basins and tubs, but a plunger for the toilet is different. It is properly called a flange plunger, which has flaps protruding from the cup. The latter is what you need for your toilet woes, and is far more effective than the usual ones you see.

Position the Plunger

The first thing you need to be sure of is that there should be enough water to cover the plunger up to the top of the cup, creating a vacuum. Swoop in as you collect water inside the cup with the flange protruding, otherwise having air inside would make it less effective. Once you’ve done that, fit the flange into the toilet hole, properly sealing it.

Do 5-6 Compressions

Here’s when you do the actual plunging. By using both hands, position the plunger in a vertical position and do 5-6 compressions without lifting the cup, keeping the opening seals. If air or pressure is escaping to the sides, reposition and try again.

Try Flushing the Toilet

Here’s when you check if you’ve actually fixed the problem or just smeared it everywhere. First, take out the tank lid and locate the round rubber trap door at the bottom. This will be your emergency water shut off. Flush the toilet. If it flushes normally, you are done. If the water backs up, push the trap door and repeat plunging.

Learn to Prevent Future Clogs

As always, the best way to address a clogged toilet is prevent it from happening. Never flush anything down the toilet other than those that belong there. Any other garbage or waste, like nappies, pads,tampons,, wipes, or cotton swabs, should go straight to the garbage bin instead.

If All Else Fails…

So what do you do if you can’t fix the problem with a plunger? It may be time to call a professional. Like us. Our expert plumbers here at Sky Blue Plumbing are more than capable of helping you out.


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