Tools you may require


Plunger Toilet auger
Rubber gloves Plastic bag

Using a plunger
UNS03008_1_1.tifUsing a plunger correctly is not as simple as most people think. The first thing you need is a good quality plunger with a fold-out cup. The red, half-round ones will not create adequate suction in your toilet trap.

Put the rubber gloves on and unfold the inner cup of the plunger. Set plunger into the toilet bowl and forcefully plunge up and down with the bowl full of water. When the plunger has a good suction with the toilet bowl, quickly pull up, trying to pull the clog back toward the toilet. Keep doing this until your certain your clog has drained away.

Using a toilet auger
toilet augerToilet auger – closet auger (also called a closet auger) is a specially designed cable tool for clearing clogs from the trap of a toilet. You can purchase a toilet auger at most major hardware stores or plumbing specialty stores for a reasonable price. Before using, make sure you’re careful not to touch the visible parts of the bowl with the metal part of the snake, as it will leave marks on the finish. To use the toilet auger, unhook the bulb and pull the handle all the way out. Insert the auger into the trap of the toilet and rest the bend of the auger against the toilet. Start by pushing down on the auger handle while turning it clockwise to help the auger wind its way through the toilet trap, and also to hook onto anything in its way. Wind the auger all the way through several times, checking occasionally for success in clearing the clog. If you have left auger marks on the toilet bowl you can remove them with muriatic acid, which can be purchased at many hardware stores, but be extremely careful, wearing gloves, safety goggles and have a good ventilation system.