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How do you clear a stubborn clogged toilet?

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To clear a stubborn clogged toilet, turn the water source to the toilet off and use a plunger to try to loosen the clog. If that does not work, snake the toilet with a plumbing snake.

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Clear a stubborn clog from a toilet using the following steps.

  1. Turn off the water
  2. Clogged toilets can easily overflow. Therefore, it is important to turn off the valve that supplies water to the toilet before attempting to clear the clog.

  3. Plunge the bowl
  4. To use a plunger properly, place the bell of the plunger over the drain hole. Keep the plunger straight to allow it to seal around the drain. Gently push the plunger down to let the air out of the bell. After all the air is gone, push the plunger up and down while keeping the plunger straight. If the toilet does not unclog, reapply the plunger bell to the drain hole and try again.

  5. Snake the drain hole
  6. If a plunger does not remove the clog after a couple of attempts, snake the drain hole. To remove a clog using a plumbing snake, feed the wire coil end of the tool down the drain hole. turn the snake to catch the clog and pull the snake out of the drain hole.

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