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How to Clear a Clogged Toilet

It is every renter’s nightmare – a clogged toilet. Ugh, you panic. You are too embarrassed to ask anyone for help and aren’t sure what to do.

You think to yourself, “I’ll just try to flush one more time”.  And then, oh no!  The toilet bowl starts to fill up and won’t stop. Panic sets in a bit more now and you grab whatever is nearest to you which looks good enough to possibly unclog your toilet. You start heatedly jabbing at the toilet with your “instrument” in an attempt to remove the obstruction. Before you know it, you are ankle deep in toilet water with not only a clogged toilet but also a “whatever you were using” stuck in the toilet.  Somewhere down the line, this could be a funny story to tell, but at that moment in time, it certainly is not.

You’d be surprised to learn that this scenario is more common than may think. In fact, one of the most common problems that renters call their landlords to fix is – guess what – a clogged toilet! But even worse, it’s also most embarrassing to have a septic system problem to have to call your landlord about.

We at Saviour Septic would like to spare you the embarrassment by providing you with a list of different ways you can unclog your toilet without calling for help. No matter what the problem is, there are a few things that you can do to get your rental home plumbing back in working order. If none of your attempts to clear the clogged toilet work on your own, it’s important to know that we at Saviour Septic provide 24-hour emergency service to homeowners and landlords to get your toilets flowing again safely and quickly!


A toilet plunger is important to have on hand and always keep handy. This is the most common way to clear a clogged toilet.

Here is what you need to know about using a plunger.  It’s pretty simple and works on basic physical strength, using an up and down motion at the hole of the toilet bowl in order to break through whatever is blocking the drain pipe.

When selecting a plunger, opt for the heavy-duty one which will fit properly inside the toilet hole to create a good, tight seal. Insert the plunger into the bowl, seal it over the hole and give it a few good thrusts. This motion will push water into the pipe with adequate force to hopefully push the clog through.

Toilet Snake

If plunging doesn’t work to clear your clogged pipes, use a toilet snake to clear the drain. A toilet snake is essentially a flexible tool which is used by many a plumber.

To use, lightly insert the snake into the clogged drain and prod it around and through the obstruction. A toilet snake can get at clogs that are deep in the toilet’s plumbing.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

Using a chemical drain cleaner should always be a last resort. These chemicals are basically made to melt away organic material that is too large to pass through the pipes. But, they are also damaging to the environment.

If you are at the point of the last resort, be sure to follow all instructions carefully. Chemical drain cleaners can be bought at most department stores, and they all have their own explicit instructions.

These chemicals are extremely dangerous if they come into contact with your skin or eyes.

Additional Tips

Don’t keep flushing. It will only turn your nice tiled bathroom floor into a toilet-water swimming pool and then you will have water damage to deal with too.

Protect yourself. Always wear gloves and goggles.

Swallow your pride if you must.  Yes, it is embarrassing to call your landlord to fix a clogged toilet, but having to call and say you also destroyed the toilet is worse.

If water damage has occurred, please know that not only can Saviour Septic respond to such septic system and sewer emergencies anywhere in Connecticut, but we clean up water damage from flooding as well.