Clogged bathtub in St. Petersburg

When you flush your toilet, if water comes up through your shower drain, this mean that you need to call a drain cleaning specialist. This means that your sewer or drain pipe needs draining cleaning or servicing. There is clog in the main artery of your home and the water is coming up in the lowest drain of your home (e.g. bathtub, sink, bottom of toilet).

Servicing St. Petersburg, FL and Pinellas County.

How to fix a clogged toilet

Do-it-yourself clogged toilet advice from Rooter
Dennis Radle, Owner & Operator

by Rooter
Phone: (727) 265-1911
Serving Pinellas County, FL

How to fix a clogged toilet?

Most clogged toilets can be fixed very easily in minutes by the average homeowner. If you are in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Palm Harbor and unable to unclog your drains, please call and I can come help you with your toilet drain problems. You can accomplish this without the toilet overflowing on to the bathroom floor and making a mess.

This brief article will will show you some simple steps to get your toilet back up and running properly.

Grab that plunger
Using a plunger with the rubber flange pointed outward for the best seal. Push the plunger in and out rigorously while keeping enough water in the bowl to keep the plunger under water. You may want to keep some rags nearby to cleanup any spilled or splashed water.

A flange type plunger
Flange plunger

Nearly all clogged toilets can be fixed by using that special tool called a “plunger.” 🙂 When you purchase a plunger, purchase one that has a flange end and bell shaped top. Consider purchasing an additional plunger for sinks and tub drains too.

A bad flush means that your toilet drain is either slightly or completely plugged. A completely plugged toilet is obvious. The toilet bowl will simply fill with water and may even overflow. Allow the water some time to flow through the toilet drain and then attempt to plunge the toilet.

Most toilets that are clogged simply drain slowly. This allows the water to drain but the waste remains in the toilet bowl. You may also hear a gurgling noise which is an indication of an improperly functioning toilet drain. If you have these problems, grab that plunger.

Plunge your toilet rigoursly with the plunger from 5 to 10 times making sure that you are forcing water in and out of the drain. Make sure there is no air in your plunger. If your plunger has air inside of it, you will not provide enough pressure to free debris from your toilet drain.

Make sure that you have enough water within the bowl to keep the plunger mostly submerged.

Generally the plunger will clear up the clog.

Drain Snake

Drain Snake

If the plunger fails to open your drain, then you might have a more serious blockage. You might be forced to snake out your toilet drain. A snake looks like a long spring with a cork screw type head. The head is larger than the spring wire portion. The idea of the snake is to basically “push” or “grab” the debris and either make it move along to your sewer or pull it back up your drain. Using the snake, you turn the head using the handle at the end of the snake and feed more line down your drain grabbing the spring portion, pulling the wire out of the holder and pushing the wire down the drain. Many small snakes have a thumb screw that you need to losen prior to pulling the snake out of the holder.

Toilet Auger

Toilet Auger

In some cases a snake may not be the best tool to use to clear your toilet clog. A standard snake may scratch the bowl of the toilet since it is metal on porcelean. An auger is designed for toilets and makes the first bend for you and helps prevent scratching. An auger does have limited length as opposed to the standard snake. A snake may reach 20′ or longer. An auger may have a 3′ length. However most toilet clogs are right near the toilet drain.

About the only step left is to remove the toilet from the floor. At this point, you probably want to call someone. If you are located in Pinellas County, FL , please give me a call (727) 265-1911.

Products available from Lowes:
Toilet Auger
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Toilet Clogged

Radle Rooter
Phone: (727) 265-1911
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If your toilet is clogged, Radle Rooter will come out and fix your toilet right away. 24 hour service! I have all to proper tools and will service both residential and commericial customers. If your toilet is backed up and you are in Pinellas County, FL, feel free to give me a call 727-265-1911 and I will be happy to speak with you.

Dennis Radle, Owner & Operator

If your toilet is overflowing, toilet is gurgling, toilet drain is clogged or you are unsure why your toilet will not drain at all, call 727-265-1911 and Dennis will come out and repair your toilet issue right away. Many times, the toilet plumbing and drain plumbing some type of blockage that your plunger or home-use snake simply cannot reach or remove. From sewer rodding and hydro jetting to camera inspections, I have all the proper tools to fix your drain issues.

Phone: (727)265-1911

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If you’ve plunged your toilet and still cannot your toilet unclogged or draining properly, then please give me a call. Again, I’m happy to come out and unclog your toilet and my phone number is (727) 265-1911.

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How do I unclog a toilet like a drain expert?

by Dr. Dennis 727-265-1911
Expert in Sewerology

So here’s the story; you finish taking care of business so to speak and flush the toilet. Rather than water going down the the exit, disaster strikes and water rises in the bowl.

Many people laugh at the movie with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels called “Dumb and Dumber” in the bathroom scene with Jeff Daniels and the broken toilet. Although that is an extreme interpretation and quite evil thanks to laxative abuse, the real deal happens quite frequently.

Here are some words of advice from Dr. Dennis…

Prevent the water from filling up the toilet bowl. If you’re worried that your toilet may become Niagra Falls and dispense water all over your bathroom floor, quickly lift the lid off the back of the toilet, roll up your sleeve and press down on the flapper. The flapper is the device that controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl on your toilet.

A good plunger makes all the difference. Now that you’ve stopped the swirrling jacuzzi from generously offering extra water flow, you can concentrate on future problems. First things first, time to get a good plunger. A plunger works best if you have a good seal between the plunger and the exit of the toilet. Plungers that have a flange or an extention off the end of the cup work best.

A flange type plunger
Flange plunger

The correct way to plunge a toilet. The flange plunger is designed to create a good seal between the plunger and the toilet exit hole. It is important to both have a good pushing as well as sucking when plunging. Moving the water in two directions allows the objects to begin flowing. Remove the plunger from the bowl (you can leave the plunger in the bowl, but allow water to exit) and flush the toilet again. If the water leaves the bowl, then a congratulations is in order, you’ve done your job correctly! If water begins to fill the bowl, close the flapper again and repeat the plunging.

Toilet augers are useful for those really really difficult clogs. A toilet auger is a snake like device that goes around corners and pushes and/or breaks up…well…stuff.

Toilet Auger

Using an auger is fairly simple. Just stick the snake down the hole and start cranking the auger. Hopefully the auger will simply allow the object(s) to make their way down the drain. If you feel like you’ve caught the critter, you know, the action figure, the race car, the part of the doll that has been missing for days, the cell phone that your child has misplaced, then simply reel it up and dispose of properly.

Call your drain expert or plumber. When all else has failed, call your drain expert. If you’re located in St. Pete, Clearwater or anywhere in Pinellas county, FL, Dr. Dennis (727-265-1911) (a self-appointed doctor of sewerology) can likely come out within the hour and clear those difficult drain problems. Tree roots or other debris do not stand a chance against me. I can come help you with your drain issue and have a good sense of humor. I’m polite, enjoy helping people and can solve issues that others simply cannot. One-call, one-guy, one-van and your drain clog is gone! Call the best!

Toilet drains slow?

Dennis Radle, Owner & Operator

If you have plunged your toilet, yet your toilet drains slow, then this is a sign that you may have a blockage in your toilet drain. Radle Rooter in Pinellas County provides full service toilet plugged maintenance. One truck and all the tools to repair your drain. I can remove clogs, tree roots, bush roots and other debris in your sewer line with one stop. No excuses, only solutions. Insured and Family owned. I take pride in solving your drain issues. Please support your locally owned business.

Call Dennis at 727-265-1911.

Can I use Liquid Plumber to remove the clog in my toilet?

You should not use Liquid Plumber in your toilet to remove toilet clogs.  While liquid plumber might be able to dissolve hair, it will not dissolve waste.  Liquid plumber will also likely eat through your wax ring under your toilet, which will cause your toilet to leak.