How to Unclog a Toilet

The toilet may very well top the list of mankind's greatest innovations — until it clogs. Then it's the lowly plunger that dives in and claims the, ahem, throne.

You will need

  • A toilet plunger
  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • A cup
  • A bucket

Step 1 Put on rubber gloves If the waste water level is too high to plunge without making an even bigger mess, put on rubber gloves.

Step 2 Reduce waste water level Dip the cup into the toilet repeatedly and pour its contents into the bucket, until you’ve reduced the waste water level enough to plunge without spillage.

Step 3 Put plunger into toilet Put the plunger into the toilet with the force cup end down in the water.

Step 4 Position force cup & push down Position the force cup over the drainage opening at the bottom of the toilet and push down on the plunger handle until a suction seal is formed.

Step 5 Plunge rhythmically Plunge rhythmically for up to 2 minutes at a time (about 20 to 30 plunges).

Step 6 Break the suction seal Break the suction seal. If your efforts have worked, the toilet will start to drain without flushing. If no drainage occurs, repeat the plunging process.

Step 7 Pour bucket & flush toilet After you’ve cleared the clog, pour the contents of the bucket back into the toilet and flush.