Toilet clogs are fairly common, and they can be caused from excess tissue or from a foreign object being flushed. Many plumbers say that the most common cause of a clogged and overflowing toilet is a toy being stuck inside the drain lines.
Fortunately, many clogs can be taken care of by the average homeowner.
Many people already have a plunger in their home to take care of basic sink and toilet clogs. Position the plunger over the opening in the toilet bowl and give a few pushes. If the toilet is filled with water, make sure that you cover your hands and arms so if anything splashes on you, it doesn’t get on your skin. If this doesn’t release the clog after a couple pushes, then you may need to be using a more advanced tool, such as a snaking device or an auger.
A snaking device can be used to get deep into the lines of the toilet. You will be able to feed the snaking tool into the toilet until it reaches the clog. The end of the snake has a gripper on it that can be used to break apart whatever the clog may be. Once you feel you have released the clog, pull the snaking tool out and try to flush. If this doesn’t take care of the problem, you may need to use an auger.
An auger contains a coil that will be released into the toilet in attempt to reach the blockage. The auger has a tip on the end which will be able to also break apart a clog, much like the snaking tool. If this doesn’t get rid of the blockage, then your solution may be to do toilet removal and reattachment.
Many homeowners aren’t very comfortable with removing and reattaching their toilet. If this is the situation you find yourself in, contact a professional plumber. A professional will be able to quickly remove the toilet, get rid of the clog and put the toilet back into place.