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How to fix clogged toilet

November 13, 2013 at 12:59 am

toilet-19-10-21-11-largeWhen we have problem of clogged toilet, the plunger is the best and most powerful tool to do the unclogging job quickly and efficiently. A toilet plunger has a rubber flange shaped to fit the bottom the clogged toilet bowl, this round shape block the pipe tunnel and creating high pressured vacuum inside the toilet pipeline.

Sometime we don’t have a toilet plunger, therefore we can try using a rag to fix our clogged toilet.  Take rag and wrap it until you get a shape of a ball. Then insert it to the bottom of the toilet bowl until it completely blocking the pipe. Next, use your hands to pump the toilet in a very similar way as you might use the toilet plunger until the toilet pipe is clear. The rag method to fix clogged toilet can be very dirty action as you must insert your hands deeply inside the toilet bowl and also the water might splash everywhere while trying to fix it. A good way to fix this problems are found at Enercom Industries.

Conquer Fear Of Fixing A Clogged Latrine – Fix Clogged Toilet?

November 13, 2013 at 1:07 am

I was not raised to unclog toilets. My mommy was an expert at these home maintenance issues. Find a wife that takes care of problems like these and marry her. I accidentally used excessive toilet tissues one day, the toilet clogged, and I handled it. So, it’s no longer a big deal to fixing a clogged toilet nowadays.

Dislodging a clogged toilet requires poise. My most important tool is the heavy duty plunger with dual flap. The cheap single plunger will be a waste of your money. You’ll totally regret it. It’s only a few greenbacks more. Plumbers don’t come cheap, for a short visit like this would cost $100 plus. So, go get the tool.

If the toilet is overflowing, let the aqua drain – possibly about 30 minutes. Carefully, stick the heavy duty plunger into the toilet drain. Yoou will need to use some strength to activate the push and pull method continously for 20 strokes.

If all goes well, you have now unclogged a clogged toilet and on your way to being an expert. If not, repeat the above steps about 2 to 3 tries. For the next step, pour a bucket of warm water into the toilet to remove any excess junk. Then I flush again to make sure everything is flowing smoothly.

Now, if your situation is very serious and the above steps have not budged, you will need to take a trip to the hardware store. Look to buy the toilet auger (known as the toilet snake). It resembles a huge whip coated with rubber to avoid damaging the pipes when its being thrust to retrieve items like hairs and toys. I’ll have you know that my experience withe toilet auger is all from Youtube.com demostrations.

Toilet augers are inexpensive and are an invaluable tool which pays for itself after the first use. Now atfer you the toilet auger, you’ll probably get a nice mess in your bathroom, but its normal. Stick the end of the toilet snake with the metal spring into the toilet pipe and slowly with your hand holding the handle wiggle with it till you get to a clogged area. Then slowly drag the toilet snake out and discard it the item you pulled out. You may need to repeat the process several times making sure you have everything.

Clogged-DrainFor a long period, my solution to fix a clogged toilet without a plunger was to go to Pathmark and buy the latest Drano or Liquid Plumbers to unclog my toilet. I don’t have much luck with these products. I did not know these chemicals harmed my pipes Looking back, besides the wasted time, energy and frustration of the chemical not working, I could have used the $100 for other things.

I hope that learning how to fix a clogged toilet is no longer a mystery to you as it was once for me. It easy to buy the toilet auger and toilet plunger at your nearby plumbing store. I would avoid wasting money by using any kind of harsh chemicals on your pipes. If the situation still exists, please do contact a plumber. Don’t be penny wise and pound stupid.

How to Clear Clogged Drains Without Calling a Plumber

November 13, 2013 at 1:03 am

If someone asks me what is the easiest way to save money on plumbing repairs I always tell them to learn how to clear clogged drains. Clogs of one kind or another are one of the most common plumbing problems. They are so common, in fact, that some entire companies specialize in drain cleaning. Since most drains will eventually get clogged you can save a bundle by learning to fix clogged drains, including clogged tub drains, clogged kitchen drains and other clogged sink drains with no special tools and a little know how.

Clogged Tub Drains

Let’s start with something fairly simple, clogged tub drains. If your tub isn’t draining well it’s very likely the result of hair around the stopper. Plunging probably won’t help this. You will need to remove the stopper and clear the hair out.

There are two common types of tub stoppers, the “trip lever” type and the “lift and turn” or “tip toe” type. The “trip lever” ones have been in use for at least 50 years, the others are a little more recent. They both accomplish the same thing but do so very differently.

Trip Lever Drains

The “trip lever” has a lever on the overflow plate near the top of the tub. There is a linkage rod inside the overflow pipe which connects to the stopper. Some styles have the actual stopper inside the piping and other styles just use the linkage to operate the stopper in the tub.

The first thing to check is the drain in the bottom of the tub. Removing any hair or debris with a pair of needle nose pliers may solve your problem. If not you need to go a little further. Remove the overflow plate and pull the linkage and stopper out through the hole (or remove it from the drain in the tub). Remove any hair or debris that comes out with the stopper, make sure the tub drains now and put everything back together..

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Lift and Turn Drains

The “lift and turn” and “tip toe” type are very similar and use a stopper that is connected at the tub drain itself. These have to be unscrewed from the tub drain to clean them out. There’s a trick to unscrewing a lift and turn type stopper. If you open it all the wat and try to uncrew it it will just turn forever. You have to barely lift it up and hold it in that position while you unscrew it. A pair of needle nose pliers is very helpful for removing the hair that is usually clogging the drain.

If your tub drains now pat yourself on the back and go to dinner and a movie with the money you just saved. If things are still clogged the next step is to auger, or snake, the drain. This is done with a small cable snake through the overflow opening. Depending on your skill or confidence level this may be a job for the pros.

Clogged Sink Drains

The first thing to try with clogged sink drains in the bathroom (technically these are called lavatories, not sinks) is a plunger. Be sure you have a sink plunger, not a toilet plunger. It should look like a rubber bowl on a stick. If your lavatory has an overflow you will need to plug it with a wet washcloth, fill the bowl and then plunge away. Be careful if you have plastic piping underneath. If the connections are not tight enough the plunging could cause them to come apart.

If plunging doesn’t work the next step is to remove the trip lever (this is connected to the little rod you pull to operate the stopper), the stopper and the p-trap to make sure they are all clear. Put a medium size bowl under the p-trap to catch the water. If you have metal traps be very careful, these traps get brittle with age. If your’s are plastic you should have no worries.

This should solve most slow drainage problems in the bathroom. If not, you are once again faced with the decision of whether or not now’s the time to call a Licensed Plumber. If you do decide to call a pro at least you know you won’t be paying them to do something you could easily do yourself.

Clogged Kitchen Drains

Clogged kitchen drains are handled pretty much the same way as bathroom sinks except if you have to plunge one side you may need to block the other side with a wet cloth. This will prevent the plunger from just pushing water from one side to the other. If the plunger doesn’t do it be very careful before you remove the trap and piping under the sink. Clogged kitchen drains can involve fairly large amounts of water. Get a big bowl this time, just barely loosen one of the connections to allow things to slowly drain and re- tighten it when the bowl is full. Repeat this process until it stops draining. Now you can safely remove the p-trap and see if it just needs cleaning out.

How To Unclog A Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal clogged it is usually also jammed and not turning. Most garbage disposals have a reset button on bottom that you can push to reset the motor. Most of then also can be manually turned with an “Allen” or hex key by inserting the key into the shaft on bottom of the disposal. After manually turning the shaft a couple of times back and forth, remove the key and try the switch.

This will usually do the job. If it is still jammed, turn off the breaker, get a flashlight and see if you can see anything inside that doesn’t belong. If you can, try to remove it with your trusty needle nose pliers.

If none of these things work, you know the drill by now. At least you gave it your best shot. When the plumbers get there be sure and tell them what you have already tried.

Whole House Clogged

Having one slow draining or stopped up fixture is bad enough. When your whole house won’t drain it is a real emergency! While you may not be equipped to fix the problem yourself, there are some things you can do save yourself some serious money if you have to call a plumber.

The first thing you need to know, if you don’t already, is whether you are connected to the public sewer system or have a septic tank. If you don’t already know this there are several ways to find out. Your water bill will usually have a sewer charge if you are connected. Ask your neighbors if they know, usually you’ll have whatever they do. Check your street for manholes, a sign of a sewer system.

Something else you should do before you have a problem is look around outside your home for a clean out This is a pipe with a plug that can be unscrewed to access your sewer pipe. Clean outs are usually close to the house and may be buried in a flower bed. If you are connected to a sewer you probably have a clean out so poke around and find it.

If you know where your clean out is and your house is stopped up you can remove the cap and, if the blockage is in the yard, you can prevent your house being flooded with sewage. Just take a big pair of channel lock pliers and SLOWLY remove the clean out plug. If the line is full it might spray out of the cap as you unscrew the last few turns.

If you get the clean out cap off and the line is full of waste water that means that the blockage is downstream of the clean out. It also relieves some of the urgency of the situation as you can now usually use your plumbing sparingly and it will drain into your yard. While not great it’s better than in your house.

You will probably need to call a plumber to correct this but now you can wait until regular hours and avoid those high after hours rates. You may have also prevented a lot of costly (and disgusting) damages. You can still pat yourself on the back but you may want to wash your hands first.

Hopefully this article has shown you that anyone can learn how to clear clogged drains without calling a plumber (at least most of the time). With most plumbers charging well over $100 per hour, this one simple skill could save you a bundle.