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How to Unclog a Toilet with a Plunger

Maybe you’ve always counted on someone else to unclog the toilet for you. Maybe you’ve really never had to deal with a toilet clog. Or maybe you’re trying your best, but the plunger just isn’t working on your current clog.

Need some advice about how to use a plunger to unclog a toilet? We’re here to help! Check out our tips and tackle toilet trouble like a pro! If you still cannot resolve the problem, call our team for help from expert plumbers.

Have the Right Plunger

The traditional plunger that is basically a rubber bowl on a dowel is not always the best choice. You should have a good seal between the toilet and the rubber piece. That’s why we recommend the funnel-cup plungers, which have an extra flap added in the center.

Stop the Water, If There’s Time

If you have time to do so, stop the water from moving between the tank and the bowl. Quickly open up the top of the tank and stop the toilet flapper, shutting it so that water cannot fill the bowl and overflow or make it more difficult to use the plunger.

It’s All in the Technique

Now you’ve got to go for the plunge. You may want to warm it up in hot water first, in order to loosen up the rubber. When it’s in the toilet, make sure that you have a very good seal. Put just as much pressure when you’re pulling up on the plunger as when you’re pushing down. Do so repeatedly until water starts to move when you unseal the plunger.

Call a Plumber

If all else fails, it’s time to call in a plumber. Plumbers have the proper tools and the know-how to get out the toughest clogs. Since the problem may be further along in the drain or sewer line, you want to have this problem fixed ASAP.

MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. offers drain and toilet services in Verona. Call our friendly team for professional service you can count on.

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