You have a clogged toilet, so you grab for the plunger. Did you know that there's a right way to use a plunger? If you don't, you might find yourself wasting precious time trying to get the toilet to flush. Before you stick the plunger in the toilet, you owe it to yourself to learn the proper way to use it.
Here are some step-by-step instructions that will help you get the most use out of your plunger. Before you begin, you'll want to gather a few supplies. You'll need the following items.
- Rubber gloves
- Small empty jug
- Toilet plunger
- Utility knife
Prepare the Area
Unclogging a toilet is messy work. You'll need to prepare the area first. Before you begin, make sure you put your rubber gloves on. This is especially important if you have fecal matter in the toilet. Next, place a couple layers of newspaper on the floor around your toilet. Be sure to place it behind the toilet and anywhere else that water may splash.
Next, use your utility knife to cut the top portion off your empty jug. Be careful not to cut the handle off. You'll need that to hold on to. Now, use the jug to empty the water out of the toilet. Pour the contents of the toilet into your bucket.
Once the clog has been cleared, you'll be able to flush the contents of the bucket down the toilet. It's important to empty the toilet so you can get enough suction under the plunger; however, you'll want to leave a small amount of water in the base of the toilet.
Take the Plunge
When you have the water removed from toilet, you're ready to begin plunging. Place the plunger in the toilet, with the cup end directly over the small amount of water in the base of the toilet. That water will act as the force behind the plunge.
Push down firmly on your plunger and hold it in place. Now, slowly lift up on the plunger and repeat. This action will force the water into the pipe and then allow it to pull up on the clog. The continued action will break up the clog and send it through the pipes. Once you hear the gurgling sound, flush the toilet to clear out the clog. Pour the contents of the bucket back into the toilet and flush.
If you've got a clogged toilet, knowing how to use your plunger will help you clear the problem quicker. If you've followed the instructions provided above and your toilet still won't flush, you should contact a plumber like Belanger Plumbing & Heating Plumbing Service. You may have a clog that will need the use of an electric auger.