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How to Unclog a Toilet

Knowing how to unclog a toilet is a critical skill, but it's not as simple as it looks. Watch as we show you the right way to tackle a clogged toilet from turning off the water supply to handling a plunger, our pros are here to help. In addition to tips on correctly unclogging a toilet, we also offer advice and information to help keep your bathroom working properly all year long. Check out our Bathroom Tips and Maintenance page, as well as our latest FAQs -- and find the answers you need quickly.

Knowing how to unclog a toilet is a critical skill, but it's not as simple as it looks. Watch as we show you the right way to tackle a clogged toilet from turning off the water supply to handling a plunger, our pros are here to help. In addition to tips on correctly unclogging a toilet, we also offer advice and information to help keep your bathroom working properly all year long. Check out our Bathroom Tips and Maintenance page, as well as our latest FAQs -- and find the answers you need quickly.

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If facing a clogged toilet, don't panic. Lift the tank lid and pull up on the float ball to keep the toilet from overflowing. Then turn off the water supply valve at the base. If water threatens to spill out, grab a Bucket and bail out about a fourth of the water. It's time to bring in the plunger. Grasp the handle and place the suction cup over the drain opening. Give it a few pumps and pull back. You may have to repeat the process Finally, some plumbing problems are best left to an experienced plumber. Know your limits and be careful when working on plumbing fixtures. And remember, an experienced Roto-Rooter professional is only a phone call away. [Roto-Rooter jingle]

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