So, you go, flush, and water begins to rush to clear the toilet. However, you notice that the water won’t stop rising. You find out that your toilet is clogged. You are in a rush to get rid of the clog. You are not alone!
Because of this, many homeowners are making expensive mistakes of tinkering with their plumbing system as they try to unclog their toilets incorrectly. You don’t have to be one of them. Because of that, here are three ways you can damage your toilet when trying to get rid of the clog.
Using Drain Cleaners
Many chemical drain cleaners can get rid of the clogs in your drain by breaking down the obstruction through a chemical reaction. The heat generated by the chemical reaction can lead to cracking the porcelain, which means you eventually need to have it replaced with a new one.
Additionally, in case the drain cleaner fails to work and the toilet is still clogged, you will end up with a toilet that is filled with chemicals. Plunging could splash the potentially toxic chemicals onto your eyes and your skin, which can cause burns. Plumbers recommend that you stay away from drain cleaning chemicals and just call a professional plumbing contractor right away.
Plunging Too Hard
When you are trying to dislodge anything that is clogging your toilet, several homeowners become overzealous. They plunge too hard that they wind up cracking the bowl. You need to use the right way when plunging your toilet. The first thing you need to do is to put the plunger in the toilet bowl and make sure that the water is sealing the lips of the plunger.
The next thing to do is push down gently and get rid of all the air out of the plunger so you can get a good seal. Once that is done, pull the plunger up swiftly. Repeat this process until the toilet drains. You can also call a Myrtle Beach plumber for professional help.
Using The Incorrect Plumber’s Snake
Drain cables or plumbing snakes are used to remove the clogs on sinks but they can unclog the porcelain toilet bowl. In case plunging fails to get the job done, you should go for a toilet auger, also known as a closet auger. The toilet auger is also a plumbing snake. However, it has a protective sleeve that will protect your toilet bowl from being damaged.
Call Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC if you are having problems with your toilet.
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