No one likes to talk about it, but truth be told it happens. Toilets malfunction. They get clogged. Sure, it’s inconvenient but more than that, downright embarrassing if you’re somewhere other than the privacy of your own home. Here’s a cheat sheet so you’ll know ahead of time how to unclog a toilet.
Quick! Stop it from overflowing
The moment you realize something’s wrong, and the water level is rising, you need to act fast to turn it off. There are two ways to do this. I’d do both just to be sure:
- Remove the lid on the back of the toilet and set it on the floor.
- Reach in (that water is clean) and close the open flapper.
- Bend down and reach behind the toilet near the floor and turn off the water supply by turning the handle clockwise.
Now you can stop worrying about flooding the place and move on to freeing the clog using one of the following methods.