Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
If someone in your household flushed way too much toilet paper down the toilet and caused a clog that will not clear with a toilet plunger, then you will need to auger the drain. The good news is that this is a simple procedure that requires a simple tool. Even if you do not have any experience with plumbing, you can easily fix your toilet's clog yourself.
Step 1: Remove Excess Water from the Toilet Bowl
Working with a toilet filled with water can cause a mess in your bathroom and expose you to harmful bacteria. To reduce your exposure, bail out any excess water and dump it down your shower's drain.
Step 2: Place the Auger into the Toilet's Bowl
To auger the toilet's drain, place the end of the auger into the toilet's bowl while holding the auger's handle in your other hand.
Turn the crank on the auger tool and it will slowly turn and snake its way down into the drain. The drain for your home's toilet has some natural bends and turns before it reaches a straight drain pipe. These curved areas are the most common areas for a clog.
When the handle on the auger will no longer turn, then it is done cleaning the drain and needs to be retracted. Rather than simply yanking out the auger which can damage your toilet, turn the handle in the reverse direction until the drain snake is removed from the toilet bowl.
Step 3: Flush the Toilet
To determine if the auger has cleared the clog, simply flush the toilet. If the water goes down, then the clog is cleared and your job is now completed. However, if the clog has not been cleared, then you need to repeat the augering process until it has been.
Step 4: Seek Additional Assistance
Finally, if you are unable to clear the clog with your auger tool, then the clog is likely too far down in the drain pipe for you to reach. When this is the case, you need to have a professional plumber come out to your home and use their drain cleaning tools to remove the clogging material. The plumber will have a longer and thicker drain snake that they can use, as well as a jet cleaning tool that can be inserted into the drain to clear the clog with a strong burst of water.