Teach Your Teen: How to Plunge a Toilet

Most people don’t give their toilets a second thought after using it, but the moment it clogs, panic settles in, and it’s the only thing on their mind. While it requires quick action, no one has to call in the calvary. Be proactive and learn the proper way to plunge a toilet, then pass this essential skill along to your teen. We know this isn’t the most attractive topic to discuss, but think of it this way— now you won’t have to clean up their messy situation.

Today our expert plumbers at EJ Plumbing are going through a step-by-step guide to unclogging your toilet with a plunger:

Step 1: Preparation

Your teen may be tempted to use a drain cleaner since it seems like the easiest, cleanest solution, but it can cause major damage to your plumbing system. That’s why we recommend using a plunger! First, you’ll want to make sure you have one easily accessible in the bathroom or a nearby closet. To minimize a mess, you should also lay down old towels or rags at the base of the toilet. The last step is to put on gloves to protect yourself from wastewater.

Step 2: Pour hot water down the bowl

Before plunging away, you must make sure the toilet bowl is at least half-full with water. If there’s no water, the plunger will have no way to suction out the clog. Pour approximately half a gallon of hot water into the bowl and wait for 5 minutes. Sometimes, this step alone can clear out the obstruction.

Step 3: Plunge, plunge, plunge

Grab your plunger, lower it an angle, and suction it to the drain opening. Push down on its handle with swift, powerful thrusts to loosen the blockage. After 30 seconds of this move, pull the plunger out and check to see if the water is gone from the bowl. That’s usually a good indicator that your plumbing is back to normal, but do a test flush to be safe.

Call EJ Plumbing

For stubborn clogs, you may need to call in reinforcement. That’s where EJ Plumbing comes in! We can help you safely remove any clogs so that you can resume your day-to-day life. Our Bay Area plumbers are ready to be at your service at (650) 513-8852!