How To Plunge A Toilet
The toilet starts overflowing. Water's spilling everywhere and you don't know what to do. Learn how to plunge your toilet.
Bathroom repairs can be some of the grossest repairs you'll have to do. The problems stink. Literally. They are wet. They are slimy and the possibility of coming in contact with some of that is almost certain. Anything involving the toilet is definitely gross but everyone has to deal with a poo clog from time to time. Anytime you flush and the water spills out of the toilet, you know you've got a problem. You know that with a problem like this, there is something blocking the sewer drainage pipe.
The oldest evidence of indoor plumbing dates back to Crete in 1500 B.C.
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A toilet plunger is one of the best inventions of the 20th century. It consists of two parts, a wooden handle and a thick rubber plunger head. The plunger head acts as a big suction cup that when pushed and pulled loosens the clog and allows the toilet to flush. Even though we are living in the modern age, this is still a primitive device. The good thing about purchasing a plunger, is that they are pretty much all the same. There are some that are designed to increase pressure which may provide faster results.
Say you are over at your boyfriend's pad and you have to take a wicked piss. You pee, you wipe, you flush and before you know it, water is everywhere. What are you going to do? Break down and plunge that bitch.
Before you start freaking out, assess the situation. Alright, so the toilet is overflowing. More than likely too much toilet paper got stuck somewhere in the pipe. Flushing the toilet again is not going to fix it. If anything, it will only send more water your way. Giving it a good plunge should take care of that.
If you've never plunged your own toilet before, let us advise you of one thing. If you plunge it too hard, there can be dirty toilet water back splash. If you plunge with the right amount of force, no water should splash out of the bowl.
The creation of the plunger dates back to approximately 1850.
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So here's how to plunge a toilet. Put the plunger in the toilet, making sure that the suction cup is over the toilet drain. Get a good grip on the handle with both hands, as if you were holding a baseball bat.
If after 15 minutes has gone by and the toilet still hasn't flushed, then you might want to try a stronger method. That is using a toilet snake. A toilet snake is a flexible coil designed for tougher clogs without damaging the toilet. If you're afraid of breaking the toilet or it's just not budging call a plumber. It's better to have a professional step in and take care of it. Although, we'd plunge it until our arms fell off first.