Toilet Clogs and Cures
The most common toilet maintenance problem is the clogged toilet. When confronted with a clog and the water level rises, people often flush the toilet again, causing the bowl to overflow. When the water level in a toilet bowl is higher than normal, do not flush it again. Wait until the water level drops back to normal, then try flushing. If it doesn’t drop back to normal, then it’s time for some toilet detective work.
First, turn off the water under the tank. If there isn’t a turn-off there or you can’t turn it, remove the tank lid and lift up on the float ball or cup. Then have someone else turn the water off at the main shut off valve.
You can try to find out what is gumming up the works. Putting your hand in a large plastic trash sack, reach into the toilet hole and try to get at the object. This won’t always work, but it’s worth a try.
If it doesn’t, it’s time to get out the plunger. Position the plunger over the hole and push downwards, beginning slowly and lightly and working up to a quick and forceful rhythm. If unsuccessful, try a toilet auger. Do not try using a regular plumbing snake in the toilet as it will scratch the delicate porcelain. Still no luck? Take a deep breath…and call the plumber.