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Old 10-28-2006, 12:11 AM   #1
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I'm sure this is everyone's favorite topic.

I seem to have problems with toilet clogs. Usually a hit or two with the plunger clears it right up, but sometimes it's a real struggle (over 20 minutes tonight). They don't happen regularly, but enough to be a major pain.

We have a pretty basic plunger - I'm thinking it may not be right for the design of the toilet, as I usually end up with large air bubbles coming up on my first press down on the handle. Are there better ones out there for the more "sculpted" bowls?

Are the devices which send a charge of pressurized air or gas into the clog any good, or is there a high risk of wrecking my plumbing? The bathroom in question is less than 10 years old as far as I know.

Should I get a plumber's snake/toilet auger for severe situations, and just jump straight to that if the plunger doesn't clear things up in the first few tries?

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Use a toilet auger, sounds like there is something lodged in it, a toilet needing to be plunged open all the time, makes me believe the toilet has a object inside of it.

Those air/gas charged clog-busters are garbage, don't waste your money on them.

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It doesn't need it all the time - I'd say a clog of some sort happens about once a month though. I've always blamed it on biology and the fact that it's a first floor bathroom.

But, if I can make it more reliable, I'll suck it up and mess with the auger.
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I find this plunger is a better of the choices.

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I agree with Ron on using a Closet auger and not the Power Plunger products. One thing I have found as far as using a plunger though. Most people try to "push" the clog out. Plungers are made to "suck" the obstruction back into the bowl. Press the air out of the plunger gently and form a vacuum. Then pull back with some some force. Forcing a clog can compact whatever it is made of and may make it harder to clear. You also would not want to push a solid object (toothbrush, toy etc) into the piping. By pulling the clog into the bowl, you also have the opportunity to find what it is.
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Get ready for a mess if you use a force cup or plunger on this. I'm with Ron, get a closet auger or call a plumber.

Majak is correct, you pull with a force cup/plunger.

(Ron's picture is of a force cup style plunger, see the little skirt on the bottom?)
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Not all toilets seem to be created equal. It might be the design of the toilet itself as in it may not be flushing fast enough (flow of water through the trap). Iíve found this [clogging] to sometimes be a problem with water efficient types also, where there isnít quite enough water to finish the flush. A solution to this particular problem can be as simple as raising the water level in the tank as little as a ľ inch (if possible).
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If this fails, you can try my patented 3-step toilet repair system.
  1. Remove toilet and take outside to driveway
  2. Lift toilet overhead and drop on concrete or asphalt drive.
  3. Reinstall or replace with new toilet as needed.
This system has never failed me yet.

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