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Many times it happens that your toilet clogs, especially when you have kids at home, and you never know when your naughty toddler throws his stuff toy inside and you are welcomed with trouble after a hectic day at work. Although a plunger may seem a very simple fix to the clogged toilet problem, does it works every time? Unfortunately, no! The only solution left is to call a plumber and pay him or snake the toilet yourself.
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In this DIY guide, I will show you how you can easily snake a toilet with some simple tools and without creating any mess. Follow these steps!
1: Investigating the Cause of Clog
Once you are aware that the water isn’t flowing through the bowl into the drain hole, the first step is to plunge it. If the water is still inside the bowl, try to plunge without flushing, else the water may overflow on the bathroom floor. If the plunging goes successful and water starts to drain congratulations. However, if the water continues to back up, determine the cause of the obstruction. Ask your family members or the kids whether they have thrown any toy or something bulky accidentally into the toilet’s bowl.
2: Choosing a Snake
Next thing to do is choose the best Snake for your toilet. Always choose the one that has a smaller turning head. This is to ensure that it doesn’t break the drainage pipe. Always opt for a small snake head and move to a larger one in case the toilet is still clogged. Also never try to push or turn the snake with force and most important, choose a drain snake that is meant for toilets. There are snakes for the kitchen as well. You may end up damaging the porcelain bowl.
3: Starting the Snake
The first thing before you start the snake, put on the rubber gloves to prevent any mess. Now unwind three of four feet of cable from the winding spindle and then place the snake head on the open bottom of your toilet’s bowl. The water inside the bowl will help to push and flush away any pieces stuck in the bowl once the clog gets loose. I recommend pouring in some water as well but don’t flush yet.
Next, you start turning the snake handle in a clockwise direction and then turn the handle slowly until you feel it begins to bind. When you turn it, the snake will find it way down the drainpipe without you forcing it.
4: Breaking the Clog
When the snakehead makes its way in the drainpipe and comes in contact with the actual clog, you will feel resistance turning the handle. Now, start winding the snake back as soon as you feel the resistance and it will bring back debris from the clog. This will tell the cause of the clog. Pull out some debris, repeat the process and the clog will start to break gradually.
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