Asked on Sep 28, 2017

How do I unclog a toilet?

Kir24597184Diana DeileyEva


One minute it was fine, the next it was clogged. Share pipe with next door neighbor.

6 answers
  • Janet Panos
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Hello Maureen! Unclogging a toilet with a shared pipe is a little bit more complicated than just unclogging a toilet . However, the good news is that it can be done! Please click on the link below to take you to a guide with instructions on exactly how to do it :

  • Ebbjdl
    on Sep 28, 2017

    You need to use a product that unclogs toilets. Liquid Plumber should get your problem solved. Be cautious when using this product it has lye in it. Good Luck!
  • Eva
    on Sep 28, 2017

    try liquid dish soap.
  • Diana Deiley
    on Sep 28, 2017

    I'm with Naomie on this one. Call your landlord or HOA president to put in for a Maintenance Repair request. A leaking or clogged toilet is not what they want to avoid. Water can do a lot of damage. Best of luck.
  • Kir24597184
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Unless you feel comfortable running a snake into the toilet and then dealing with the "mess" on the snake when it comes out, I would call a drain rooter type guy.

    If you want to do one more thing before calling in someone, you could remove the toilet yourself. Put on quality rubber gloves. Turn off the water on the valve coming from the wall. Next hold the handle down until as much water as you can goes down the tube. Next you undo the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. Now gently pull up on the toilet, you can rock it side to side a bit until it comes free. Place the toilet on cardboard or newspapers, to the side. The toilet connection is sealed using a wax ring. You will have to clean the old wax off the bottom of the toilet and around the drain before re-installing the toilet with a new wax ring.

    This is where it gets interesting. I fought with a slow toilet for years, when I finally pulled the toilet I found that my young children loved to see things go Bye Bye. I found matchbox cars, toilet paper rolls, kid sunglasses... and many more surprises.

    Clean things out and if you want to you can rent a snake from rental place and run it down the toilet and other clean out places that plumbers install for this reason. The snakes come with a twisty end to grab toilet paper or other clogs of that type. They usually have a cutting head that cuts roots out of the pipes if it is an older drainage system.

    If your toilet is more than150' from the city sewerage, the snake most likely will not make it all the ways to the city pipe. Rooter guys have devices that spray a jet of water forward and a thrusting jet of water backwards to really blow out the pipes. They also have cutting heads for roots. Of all the DIY projects that I under take, this is the one I leave for pros. But if you have limited funds and a strong stomach, you CAN try it yourself first
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