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What is the fastest way to fix a clogged toilet?

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The fastest way to fix a clogged toilet is to loosen the clog with a plunger. Although a plunger is typically the only tool required for the majority of clogged toilets, other items, such as rubber gloves and a plumbing snake, are helpful for messy clogs that are more difficult to fix.

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A clogged toilet can usually be unclogged within just a few minutes using a plunger with an extension flange. As of 2015, plungers are typically available for less than $20 and are sufficient to reduce or eliminate most toilet clogs. Rubber gloves are generally recommended in case there is an accident while trying to plunge the toilet.

In the event of a severe clog, the plunger may not be able to open the drain, causing the toilet to overflow or cease functioning properly. If the toilet does not flush well after being plunged, a plumbing snake may be used to break up the clog or remove debris from the drain. Most household plumbing snakes can be purchased for under $10, as of 2015. If the clog is unable to be cleared despite the use of a plunger and a plumbing snake, the toilet may require professional plumbing services along with replacement parts.

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