At some point in your life, you will be faced with the uncomfortable situation of a clogged toilet. Whether you jammed it or someone else plugged it or what it is clogged with isn’t important. All that matters is that the toilet is not doing its job. And it will need to be unclogged as quickly as possible so that it can go back to what it was designed to do in the first place. Panic and constant flushing will only make matters worse. It can lead to flooding and allowing whatever is safely in the toilet onto the floor. So the steps listed out below should help to keep that from happening.

1. Keep the Toilet from Filling Up

The first thing to do is shut off the water that runs into the toilet. This helps ensure that there is no chance of more water flowing into the bowl and causing a flooding nightmare to occur. This is very simple to do, though you might need a certain degree of strength and flexibility to do it. You will have to get down behind the toilet and turn the knob on the water line running into the back of the toilet. Remember righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. So turn the knob to the right until you can’t turn it anymore and the water will be off. Make sure to leave one full tank of water behind the toilet as well.

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