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July 18, 2011

How to Unclog a Toilet

by thenattyurbanite

Live and Learn Urbanites. Never thought I’d ever do a post on this, however, it’s an issue that every man will encounter at some point during his life. For me, this point arrived today. After a failed call to the building maintenance fellow, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Literally. I called my dad to double-check that my common sense approach was indeed correct then popped down to Canadian Tire to grab a plunger. I returned adequately armed for battle.

1ne  Don’t freak out.

2wo  Ensure that the water level is below the rim. If not, you have scoop some out until it gets to a regular toilet-water level – enough to cover the plunger. FYI chemical clog removers won’t be of much use.

3hree  Place some old towels [that you will hopefully toss after] on the floor around the toilet. No matter how careful you are, some water will likely splash onto the floor.

4our  Grab the toilet plunger, usually black with a collar, not to be confused with a sink plunger, typically red without collar [see image], insert it into the bowl and plunge the device up and down vigorously and repeatedly with firm strokes.

5ive  After a number of hearty plunges, push down forcefully on the plunger and then remove it from the bowl. The water should drain normally. If the water drains slowly, or not at all, start the process over again. Once the toilet appears to be unclogged, flush it to make sure that the water drains normally.

6ix  Breathe a sigh of relief.

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