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How do you fix a stopped up toilet yourself?

I've tried a plunger for the last hour and it doesn't work, how can I get this toilet unplugged? Do I need to call a plumber? I'd rather not spend money if possible. qwe
Asked by kr0n1c on Mar 2, 2009

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Jerry Walch   L6: Pro   246 answers   +113 votes
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If the "plumber's helper" didn't help you can try using a plumbers snake designed for use with toilets.Your basic toilet snake or augar is a long, coiled wired attached to a crank. You feed the coiled wire into the toilet trap as you crank the handle. Hopefully you will bore your way through whatever is obstructing the drain. These augars are great tools to have on hand, they are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased for under $15 at ant home center and at almot any hardware store. If the augar doesn't clear the obstruction, suspect that a foreign object has enterd the trap and has lodged there. I once got a call from my daughter in-law for a clogged toilet and as it turned out one of my grandkids had tried flushing a partially eaten apple down the toilet and it lodged firmly in the trap. I ended up having to pull the toilet, turn it upsidedown and run the snake from the bottom side to push it up to where I could grab ahold of it with longnose pliers.Pulling a toilet isn't hard but it is a messy job and if you end up pulling yours make sure you replace the wax ring with a new one or the toilet will leak. Wax rings are very inexpensive, about $2.50 or so.

I hope that this answer helped somewhat.

Posted on May 27, 2009
William Norman, P.E., S.E.   L1: Member   13 answers   +8 votes
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I would supplement the above answer buy offerring a point of protection. The augers or "snakes" are made of metal, which can scratch up the toilet bowl. If the toilet is older and worn, probably not a big deal, but if the toilet is new, I would recommend you figure out a way to protect the bowl or go ahead and pull the toilet.

Posted on May 27, 2009
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1/4 cup of epsom salts cleared a big lump from one of my toilets.

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