How to Plunge a Toilet

A toilet that’s clogged can be a real inconvenience. It can cause significant problems with your plumbing if you do not fix it. The easiest way to fix a clogged toilet is to use a plunger. By doing this, we can force the clog out from the pipes. If you have to plunge your latrine, first, you need to take precautions so that no water is spilled in the washroom. After that, use your plunger to unclog the toilet. Once you have done this, your restroom will be just fine, like before it was clogged.

Part 1 – Preventing Spills


Turn the water off to the latrine to avoid any overflow.  Locate a plastic or metal valve on the wall at the back of your toilet that regulates the supply of water. Rotate this valve in the clockwise direction to stop the water supply.  That will make sure that the flush tank and toilet bowl don’t get filled with water while you’re removing the clog. While you’re working, don’t flush the toilet as there’s water in the flush tank.


Push the flapper inside the flush tank down to stop the toilet bowl from filling. See to it that the flapper at the bottom of the toilet tank is sealed completely. This makes sure water doesn’t flow into the bowl from the tank. In case it’s still open, then press it towards the bottom of the flush tank to close it.


Lay towels or rags around the restroom to absorb any spills on the floor. Fold the towels or rags 1–2 times. This will make them more absorbent and help to prevent any water from reaching your bathroom floor. See that the rags spread about six inches from the bottom of the toilet. This is just in case the water splish-splashes out in the process of plunging the latrine. Do overlap the cloth slightly, to make sure there are no gaps between any of them.


Remove out water using a bucket in case the latrine bowl is about to overflow. In case you had flushed the toilet, the water might have filled to the rim in the toilet bowl. If this is the case, dip a bucket into your latrine wearing rubber gloves. Remove water from the latrine until it’s about half full, so it does not overflow.  You can either put it back in your latrine once it’s unclogged or pour the water into another toilet.

Part 2 – Eliminating the Clog


Pour dish soap and hot water in your toilet to help make the clog soft. Fill a container or bucket with four cups (950 ml) of hot water. Put about one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap in the bucket/container and then mix it until it’s soapy. Then, pour this soapy water into your toilet bowl.  Keep it for five minutes to soak. This mixture that is used will help decompose up any fats present in the clog, making its removal easier.

You can also use shampoo instead if you don’t have liquid dish soap.


Make use of a flange plunger for the best results. A flange plunger has a long edge penetrating out from the cup. This produces a better seal against your toilet’s drain hole. Select a flange plunger which has a cup covering the entire drain, or the suction effect of the plunger won’t be strong.


Put the plunger inside your toilet bowl, so the cup of the plunger goes around and seals the drain hole. Lower the plunger into the latrine bowl. This should be done in such a way, so you don’t cause any water to splash out. Direct the flange straight into the drain hole and keep the cup pressed towards the bottom of the toilet bowl. Keep the handle straight directly above the drain to make sure you can get the best seal and pressure while you’re unclogging your toilet.

You must not hold the handle of the plunger at an angle to the drain hole of the toilet bowl since if you do this, you won’t be able to achieve the making of a perfect seal.

If you are unable to arrange a plunger to unclog your toilet, you may use a toilet cleaning brush. To unclog, push the toilet brush head into the drain of the toilet bowl as far as possible.


Move the plunger upwards and downwards for about10–20 seconds, then remove it to clear the toilet clog. Push the handle of the plunger downwards forcefully so that the cup of the plunger collapses then slowly pull it back upwards. Continue this procedure of pulling and pushing the handle quickly, so the clog gets undone inside the pipes. This will lead to the clog forcing itself out. After about 20 seconds, rapidly pull the plunger handle out to produce a vacuum that would pull out the clog with it.

While you are using the plunger, water may splash out of the toilet.

If any object that’s causing the clog is seen in the latrine bowl, and this object shouldn’t be allowed to go down the drain. Such as a toothbrush or a toy, remove it out using a pail or by hand. Throw away the item/s  out immediately to avoid them from contaminating things in your restroom.

Clean the plunger and use disinfectant all over it when you finish unclogging your toilet so that it does not spread germs and remains clean.


Turn the water supply back on so you flush your toilet and see if the toilet is fixed and working as intended. Turn the valve of water supply to the toilet on the wall counterclockwise to let the water flow back. If you were successful in removing the clog, the water in the toilet bowl, when flushed, should drain easily.

These are the steps with an explanation on how to plunge a toilet. Plunging is the most effective method to unclog a toilet.

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