You go. You flush. The water starts rushing in to clear the toilet.
But the water just keeps rising. The toilet is clogged!
In a panic to take care of the clog, many people make costly mistakes unclogging their toilet. We don’t want that to be you!
So here are the top 3 ways people damage their toilet when trying to unclog it.
Most chemical drain cleaners clear your drain by breaking down the clog with a chemical reaction. The heat created by the chemical reaction can cause the porcelain in your throne to crack. And then you might need a whole new toilet… all because of some Drano.
Plus, if the drain cleaner doesn’t work and you still have a clog, the toilet is now full of chemicals. Plunging can splash the chemicals on your skin or into your eyes, which can burn!
We highly recommend steering clear of drain clearing chemicals in general.
In an effort to dislodge whatever is clogging the toilet, many homeowners get overzealous and thrust too hard downward into the toilet with their plunger.
A hard thrust downward can break the wax seal between the toilet and the floor, causing a leak. And a really hard thrust could even crack the bowl.
The proper toilet plunging technique:
Bonus tip: You want to use a flange plunger, not a cup plunger.
Plumbing snakes (also called drain cables) that are used to unclog sinks can actually scratch your porcelain toilet bowl.
If plunging did not work, you want a toilet auger (also sometimes called a closet auger). The auger is a plumbing snake, but it has a protective sleeve that protects the bowl from damage.
Image source: Familyhandyman.com
Mr. Plumber has been serving the plumbing needs of homeowners in the greater Atlanta metro area since 1966.