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  • How to Use Drain Cleaners to Unclog Toilets

    Clogged toilets are considered by many to be household nightmares. Identifying what blocked the toilet is challenging, and even one flush may cause flooding that can do significant damage to the flooring. This is why it is important that the toilet clog be fixed at the first sign of its occurrence.

    One of the best ways to sort out toilet clogs at the first signs of their occurrence is with the use of a drain cleaner. When doing the steps highlighted below, exercise caution, as the chemicals in drain cleaners can damage the skin.

    1. Plunge the toilet first to dislodge some of the clog in it. Put the business end of a toilet plunger on the hole at the bottom part of the toilet bowl. Then do quick downward thrusts to push water and air down the drain pipes and dislodge the debris.

    2. Pour the right amount of chemical cleaner down the toilet. The correct amount of cleaner to pour is indicated on the label on the bottle.

    3. Once you have poured drain cleaner down the toilet bowl, let it sit for around thirty minutes to allow it to work on the debris. Avoid plunging the toilet during this time period.

    4. Try to flush the toilet after that time passes. This is your only way of knowing if the debris has been successfully dislodged or dissolved. Keep your plunger within reach; if the debris is still there, the toilet may need to be plunged to prevent overflowing.

    5. If you find that the debris was neither dissolved nor dislodged, plunge the toilet once more. It is possible that you might have loosened the debris enough that plunging can completely remove it.

    Notes on the task:
    * Wear rubber gloves, a pair of boots, a shirt, and a pair of trousers while doing this task to protect your skin from the chemical cleaner in case you accidentally splash it elsewhere.

    * If plunging fails to dislodge the debris in the toilet drain, a plumber’s snake or auger may be used in clearing the clog. This tool, though effective in the task, can be challenging to use, so if you do not have any experience with such tools, contact a plumber for help. The plumber to hire should be licensed, skilled, and has the best equipment for the job. Never settle for less than that.