Embarassing, but probably a common problem. My toilet is clogged now
and it's completed backed up. I would normally use my plunger in this
case but the water level is almost at the top of the bowl and inserting
a plunger would result in some rather disgusting, muddy water to get
all over the bathroom floor. I would also normally wait for the water
level to drop in these cases...but it's been a day and a half and the
water level has remained UNCHANGED. I welcome any suggestions on how I
can unclog this toilet. Thanks again!
Get thee to yon hardware store (or HD) and purchase a "closet auger".
It's a short snake with a guide tube and a crank. You may be able
to clear the clog without making too big a mess. Spread newspaper
The closet auger is a great tool. I bought one a few yeas ago and my
only regret is that I bought the shorter one. I had a plumber use one
on mine and he pullled out stringy mop like material. Not sure what it
was because we don't use a stirng mop in the house. I can't imagine
what it was, but toilet clogs are a real pain especially if you have
only one lousey toilet it the house
On 1/26/2005 3:47 PM US(ET), Kingoatmeal took fingers to keys, and typed
When you insert a plungerinto a full bowl, the only thing other than the
mass of the plunger's rubber is air. If you insert the plunger slow
enough and press down slow enough, the only thing that will be added to
the water in the bowl is air, and that will rise to the surface and
dissipate. Once you have eliminated the air in the plunger, there is
nothing to add to the water in the bowl, and you can be as aggresive as
What Bill said.
And next time, although I know how fun it is to play "how close to the
top can I fill the toilet with crap?".... consider flushing at regular
intervals during your marathon, world record setting, guiness book
breaking crap session.
No fair! Myself and another fellow are going home teaching tonight, and I'll
be giggling all night. They will ask why I'm giggling, and I can't tell them
I'm thinking about some one's marathon crap sesson with multflush option.
Ever hear of a "courtesy flush"? That's when you are in a public john, and
you flush right when you dump to keep the smell from knocking the guy in the
next stall off his seating. Or at home to keep from gassing out the cocker
spaniel. It passes the crap, then the next flush passes all the paper you
use. Or, you can do a couple of "courtesy flushes" so that there is plenty
of water in between loads.
You might consider changing your diet, too, and eating more fruits and
Not only that but the air captured in a plumber's helper is compressible. If
you can manage to get rid of it the plumber's helper is much more effective at
clearing a blockage; water doesn't compress and the full force of the stroke is
delivered directly to the blockage itself.
On Thu, 27 Jan 2005 00:16:39 GMT, "Mortimer Schnerd, RN"
This has always been my suspicion. For that reason AND for the rare
situation the original poster finds himself in, I dip the plunger into
the water as nearly horizontal as I can. This method allows water to
flow into the "reservoir" of the plunger, with very little air.
Luckily, this is actually easier when the toilet is very full.
You still have to approach the first few strokes pretty gingerly, but
if you get a good seal those first few strokes should bring the water
level down some. Then you can be more vigorous.
I have a toilet auger, but I keep it in the garage so it's always a
last resort. I rarely need it.
reminds me of a QVC show selling combo phone and TP dispenser for the
bathroom...No! They really had that product for sale..
Called up their 800 number and when asked how many I wanted, I said
"Gimme a shitload of them!"
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