Plunging a clogged toilet, sink, or shower isn’t the way that most Hamilton homeowners wish to spend their time, but unfortunately, it is something that most of us will have to do at least a few times in our lives.

The good news is that there are some tips you can follow to make the job a little easier.

Unclogging a blocked toilet

If you have already tried chemical solutions to clear a plugged toilet and it hasn’t worked, don’t just go rushing in with a plunger. These chemicals are often corrosive, and a plunger can cause splashes and spills that can cause damage and possibly even injury.

Before plunging, place an old towel around the toilet base to help catch any spills or splashes.

Begin by turning off the water via the isolation valve. This will prevent the toilet from overflowing. Next, if the toilet bowl is already full before you start, put on a pair of gloves and remove any toilet paper. You want the bowl to be only about half full before you use the plunger.

On the other hand, if the toilet bowl is empty, you will want to add some water.

Now you are ready to use the plunger. Insert the plunger into the toilet bowl so that it covers the hole where the water drains out. Ensure that the plunger is completely upright to get a proper seal around the blockage.

Press the plunger all the way down and draw it up sharply but without breaking the seal. Repeat several times. When you finally release the seal, the blockage should be (hopefully!) removed, and water should be able to drain freely once more.

If you have a stubborn blockage, you may have to repeat this process a few times. If, after several attempts, you still have not dislodged the blockage, it may be time to call in the experts from Wentworth Plumbing.

Unclogging a sink, bath, or shower

Begin by covering the overflow drain with a wet cloth or towel.

Next, take your plunger and place it over the drain forming a seal around it. Use the same up and down motions that you would use to plunge a clogged toilet until the blockage is dislodged.

Some clogs such as hair can be tricky to dislodge, and it may require several attempts before you are successful. Again, you may need to call in a professional plumber for help in the case of really stubborn blockages.

Call Wentworth Plumbing today

For most toilet and drain blockages, Hamilton homeowners can usually unclog them themselves with a good plunger and knowing the right technique. But when a clog is really stubborn, you shouldn’t hesitate to call in a professional plumber. If you need help unclogging a toilet, sink, bath, or shower, give Wentworth Plumbing a call today.