A clogged toilet can be messy business. Keep calm and don’t reach for the phone. This situation can be easily remedied in a swift manner. The following is one of the simple ways in which you can unclog your toilet.

Now, the last thing you want to do is make things even worse, so if you suspect that you have a clog, do not flush that toilet! 

All this will accomplish will be filling the toilet bowl with even more water, which could lead to it overflowing. Regardless of if it’s water in the bowl, or something far more sinister, you just don’t want the contents overflowing on to your floor. I just want to take a minute to remind you that you should not be flushing trash down your toilet! Things like cotton earbuds, wet wipes, condoms, etc. should be thrown in the garbage as they can cause blockages if flushed!plumbing

Step 1: Prep Your Work Area

This means placing down paper towels, newspaper, etc. down around the toilet and the surrounding areas.

Put on a set of old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy and make sure to chuck on a pair of rubber gloves. You know what goes into toilets. You don’t want it on your hands or staining your Sunday church outfit. Cracking open a window could be a good idea too to help air the stench.

Step 2: Attempt To Clear The Obstruction By Hand

Maybe you already know what’s blocking the toilet. In which case you can insert your hand and arm (shielded by the rubber gloves) and remove the object by hand.

If you don’t know what’s blocking it, it’s still a good idea to attempt to remove the blockage via this method, as it will save you from having to plunge it and possibly causing a mess.

Step 3: Get Your Plunger Ready… But Not Just Any Plunger

A cheap suction-cup style plunger will not do in this situation. You will need a plunger that features a fold-out rubber flange or a ball-shaped type plunger. Before using it, make sure to run the plunger under hot water to soften it up and create a stronger seal.

You can find a more detailed post solely about the correct plunging technique on ehow website.

Step 4: Plunge Time

Go ahead and stick the plunger in the bowl.

Pump it over the hole and make sure to keep it slow but steady. You don’t want to overdo it or go to fast only for the dirty toilet water to spray up in your face.

Make sure that the plunger is actually deep in the water rather than just plunging the air. It needs to plunge using the water!

Take your time, it might take a while so keep at it. Maybe as many as 15-20 plunges.

Step 5: Repeat and Then Flush

With enough plunging, the toilet bowl will eventually be drained of water. If the water drains but the stubborn clog remains then fill the water bowl with water to a normal depth and continue to plunge.

Finally, flush the toilet to check if the clog has been resolved and that the water is naturally returning to it’s normal levels. If you wish to unclog your toilet without using plunger, read this article.