Unclogging a toilet that is clogged with flushable wipes requires some effort and patience. Here are some steps you can follow:
- Stop flushing: If you suspect that the toilet is clogged with flushable wipes, immediately stop flushing the toilet to prevent further backup or overflow.
- Gather supplies: You will need a plunger, a toilet auger (also known as a toilet snake), rubber gloves, a bucket, and possibly a towel or rag to protect the floor from any potential water spillage.
- Protect the area: Lay down towels or rags around the toilet to absorb any water that may spill over during the unclogging process.
- Use a plunger: Start by using a plunger. Place the plunger over the drain hole in the toilet bowl, making sure it covers the entire opening. Apply firm and consistent pressure by pushing down on the plunger and then pulling up quickly. Repeat this motion several times, being careful not to break the toilet bowl. The suction created by the plunger may help to dislodge the clog.
- Try a toilet auger: If the plunger does not work, you can try using a toilet auger. Insert the toilet auger into the drain hole of the toilet bowl and turn the handle in a clockwise direction. Keep turning the handle while applying gentle pressure until you feel resistance. Then, reverse the direction and pull the auger out. Repeat this process a few times to try to break up and remove the clog.
- Be cautious with force: Avoid using excessive force or sharp objects like wire hangers, as these can damage your toilet or cause more serious clogs.
- Consider calling a professional: If you are unable to unclog the toilet using a plunger or toilet auger, or if you are uncomfortable attempting the unclogging process yourself, it may be best to call a professional plumber to avoid causing further damage to your toilet or plumbing system.
- Prevent future clogs: To prevent future clogs, avoid flushing flushable wipes or any other items that are not specifically designed to be flushed down a toilet. Use toilet paper sparingly and avoid disposing of items like cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, and paper towels in the toilet.
Remember to always prioritize safety and caution when attempting to unclog a toilet. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with the process, it’s best to seek professional help to avoid causing further damage.