Being able to rely on a functional indoor plumbing system is something that many homeowners take for granted. Discovering that your toilet is clogged and won't drain properly can be disheartening, and it can also present a serious problem if the toilet overflows and water is allowed to sit on your bathroom floor.
Here are three things that you can do when your toilet clogs to prevent this minor problem from turning into a plumbing emergency.
1. Limit the amount of water entering the bowl.
If your toilet doesn't flush properly after a single flush, resist the urge to flush a second time. Adding more water to the bowl will only compound the problem and make it difficult to work the clog through the drain.
You should also close the flapper (the circular plug attached to a chain inside your toilet's tank) to prevent more water from filling up the toilet bowl. Controlling water flow is the first step to preventing a clogged toilet from turning into a serious disaster.
2. Prepare the area around your toilet to absorb water.
As you work to remove the clog from your toilet, some water will inevitably splash out of the bowl and onto the floor surrounding your toilet. To prevent this water from affecting your floor, you will need to prepare the area around your toilet to absorb water before you begin the unclogging process.
Lay out some towels or newspapers, and place a fan near your toilet to help minimize water damage.
3. Attempt to remove the clog.
Once you have limited the amount of water coming into the toilet bowl and prepared the area to absorb water, you can begin attempting to remove the clog.
Try using a plunger to push the clog through the drain, pouring an enzyme product into your toilet to help break down the clog, or using a gloved hand to manually remove the clog from the drain. If you are unable to dislodge the clog yourself, contact an emergency plumber like Marv's Plumbing for assistance to prevent the clog from causing serious damage.
Being able to deal with a clogged toilet is something every homeowner should be prepared for. Knowing how to prevent a clog from causing serious water damage will help you avoid serious plumbing disasters. Be sure that you are equipped with a plunger or enzyme product at all times to address clogged toilets and that you partner with a reliable plumber to provide emergency clog removal services when necessary.