When you’re faced with a plumbing problem in the early hours of the morning or the middle of the night you probably first worry about having the pay the expense of a 24/7 plumber. It’s always comforting knowing that there are plumbers that can and will arrive during emergencies. So, the first thing you’ll want to decide is whether the problem you’re dealing with is an emergency. If it’s overflowing water, turn the water off asap and assess the situation. If it’s something as simple as a clogged toilet, there are a few tips you can attempt before calling in the professionals.
One of the first things you want to do is avoid continuing to flush the toilet. You may feel panicked and think that flushing will force things to move. Calm down and don’t flush! It can cause the water in the bowl to continue to fill and overflow. If your toilet is simply clogged, lay some towels on the floor around the bowl. This can help if the toilet does indeed overflow. One of your first tricks in unclogging your toilet I to try the bucket method. This involves filing a gallon bucket with cold water. Then, you can pour it into the bowl and force the flush to occur.
If the bucket method doesn’t work you can then try turning off the water and plugging the toilet. Make sure that there is enough water in your toilet bowl to cover the plunger. You’ll want to put it over the hold completely before plunging. You can try a few different plunging methods to try to dislodge the clog. Be careful that you’re not splashing yourself with dirty water. You can use a gentle method of a slow plunge and hard pull to dislodge. If that doesn’t work you can try a harder plunge that might cause a little splashing. These types of plunging could dislodge the issue. If plunging isn’t working to fix the issue you a try hot water and a little soap. You don’t want to use boiling water as it could splashback and hurt you. Fill your bucket with hot water, pour it into the bowl and then add a little dish soap. You can then allow that sit for a while as it works to dislodge the clogging.
If all of these techniques fail, before you reach for the phone to call a plumber you should try using a chemical drain cleaner. Chemical drain cleaners are specifically formulated to help with drain blockages. Using a chemical drain cleaner could work but it does need time to sit just like the hot water and soap. If you still have a clog after all of these attempts you should call Air Pro Masters. We provide 24 7 plumbing and can assess your plumbing needs to get your toilet unclogged and back in working order. Remember, don’t panic, attempt to unclog on your own and then give us a call at (702) 901-0900, we can fix it for you.