Everyday Cheapskate: 3 Best Ways to Unclog a Toilet -- Quick and Easy!
No one likes to talk about it, but truth be told, it happens. Toilets malfunction. They get clogged. Sure, it's inconvenient, but more than that, embarrassing if you're somewhere other than the privacy of your own home.
That's why you need this cheat sheet, so you'll know ahead of time how to deal with the situation. You're welcome.
STOP IT FROM OVERFLOWING -- FAST!
The moment you realize something's wrong and the water level is rising, act fast to shut it off. There are two ways to do this:
1. Take off the lid, and then reach in (that water is clean) and close the open flapper.
2. Reach behind the toilet near the floor and turn off the water supply off by turning the handle clockwise.
Now you can stop worrying about flooding the place and move on to freeing the clog using one of the following methods.
Sounds pretty basic, but it is the best option. Of course, this assumes you have the right kind of plunger for a toilet. Every household needs this basic tool. You want a plunger with a flange on the bottom that is designed for a toilet -- not a flat one that is better for drains and showers.
First put on rubber gloves if you have them. Next, put the plunger into the toilet bowl, and push down gently to remove the air in the flange without splashing yourself with dirty water. This should create a good seal. Next, use force to pump the plunger up and down without breaking that seal.