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How to Snake a Toilet without a Snake

A clogged toilet can be a difficult problem for anyone, especially when they are expecting guests, and they need to act fast. This actually happened to me for the last Thanksgiving and luckily I knew just the right thing to do. The automatic snake I have is actually made for the pipes only up to 2 inches and it is suggested not to use it on the pipes wider than that.

Since I spent some money on this household item, I am willing to keep it in order so the guarantee can be applied in case it broke by any chance. Thus, when my toilet clogged I had to apply some other methods on my toilet pipe that is 4 inches wide. Not to mention that any plumber would charge me more for the holidays.

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How to Use a Manual Drain Auger

Having a blocked drain pipe can be very annoying. All the dirty water just won’t go away and all the cleaning you have to do after your plumber made a mess repairing it. All of this can be very stressing, not to mention it can also be time and money consuming.

Therefore, people tend to do their own cleaning of the clogged pipes. There are several methods you can use to do it by yourself, from homemade string hooks to using a soda.

But when neither of those methods actually give any positive effects, the next best way you can use to clear out your drain pipe is to use a drain auger, otherwise called drain or plumber snake.

In further text, we will explain what drain auger is, what types of augers are available out there and how and when to use them.

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Toilet Auger vs Snake: What’s the Difference and Which Tool to Use?

Having at least one drain cleaning tool is essential to every household. You never know when a toilet or a sink is going to act up, and where will you be when it finally does and you don’t have anything to fix it?

In this article, let’s discuss the two most useful draining tools today: toilet augers and snakes, and why you need at least one of them in your house.

When I was in college, sharing a room with three other young people who have no concept of housekeeping, you could only find an old plunger in our tool closet. Fortunately, we only had to use it a few times during our four-year stay at the university.

Fast forward a few years, I got married and bought a house for a three-member family. Obviously, I had to have more than a plunger in my tool arsenal – especially with a kid who loved to flush his toys down the toilet.

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Toilet Fills Up Then Drains Slowly: Causes & Solutions

Considering the number of times we flush the toilet each day, and the kind of material that gets flushed down the drains, you can expect your toilet to experience some kind of problem at some point.

When I was a bachelor living on my own in a new-ish apartment complex, I had a few plumbing problems that were either caused by the previous tenants or my own carelessness (hint: flushing things that shouldn’t be disposed of in the toilet).

At some point in time, one of these problems was my toilet filling up then draining slowly. Of course, the first instinct was to go at it with a plunger. But being a young bachelor with little to no house repair experience, plunging the toilet didn’t always work.

Luckily, I’ve gone a long way from being a clueless bachelor poorly dealing with his own plumbing problems. In this article, I’m going to share with you the tips and tricks on how to fix a toilet that is not flushing properly, particularly a toilet that fills up then drains slowly.

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Toilet Flushes Slowly and Incompletely: Causes and Solutions

It takes just two things to keep a toilet flushing properly: enough water in the toilet tank, and a clear drainpipe with no blockages at all.

If you happen to lack any or both of these requirements, then your toilet is bound to act up. For example, it can flush slowly and incompletely, causing great inconvenience to you and whoever uses the toilet.

This problem is the most common one I encounter in other people’s houses and in my own. Toilets that are flushing slowly and incompletely are not only annoying, but they can also cause overflow or cause further damage to the toilet. It certainly did cost me a few hundred dollars in plumbing bills when I wasn’t aware of DIY fixes yet.

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Toilet Flushes Slow but Not Clogged: How to Remedy It

A toilet that flushes slow but is not clogged can be quite frustrating. Weak or slow water movement can fail to create an effective flush.

In a normally functioning toilet, the rapid water movement creates a suction inside the pipe, which serves as the actual flush that pulls down all waste material down the drain. If your toilet is not flushing completely, then waste material may be backed up in the bowl or you may be using more water than usual.

Are you having the same annoying problem with your toilet? In this article, we will talk about the possible home remedies if a toilet flushes slow but is not clogged.

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How to Unclog a Toilet with an Electric Snake

Nothing is more frustrating than a clogged toilet, especially if it clogs up at just the worst of times.

At some point in your life, you will have experienced a clogged toilet. If you haven’t yet, that’s great!

But as an adult who should be responsible enough to unclog their own toilet, here’s a quick article on how to unclog a toilet with an electric snake.

Say goodbye to plungers, because we have a better unclogger — quite literally — in our hands.

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How to Snake a Toilet with a Hanger

Is your toilet clogged and you don’t have any tools in the house to fix it? Not even an old toilet plunger, much less a toilet snake?

Before you panic and do something you might regret later on (like calling in a plumber and spending a lot of money), here’s a quick tutorial on how to snake a toilet with a hanger. Sounds like an obscure way to fix a clogged toilet, but hey, it works.

How did I come around to discovering this weird trick, you may ask?

Well, it all started way back in college when I shared a house with three other people. Of course, not everyone is familiar with the concept of throwing out their toiletries in the garbage can and not the toilet. Hence, a massively clogged throne.

Being a clump of broke college students, we couldn’t afford to hire a professional plumbing service to unclog our toilet. We didn’t have a plunger lying around either.

Lo and behold — with the help of some Internet searching– I came across a tutorial on how to use a hanger to unclog a toilet. Now I’m here, ready to share the same wisdom with you.

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Toilet Clogged with Toilet Paper: How to Remove Blockage

The bathroom is an oddly unpleasant place, all things considered. The potential for mishaps and all sorts of accidents, most of which are largely not even your own fault, is huge.

From mirrors being broken due to unlucky timing and movements, all the way to cracked porcelain, there’s no shortage of potential issues. The most unpleasant, however, always revolve around the toilet bowl itself.

Unpleasantness regarding the one place where you do your most urgent and necessary bodily functions can be very daunting. Especially when they relate to getting rid of bodily waste.

You’d be surprised and quite possibly shocked at how often a toilet can get clogged, by all manner of things. Even a hairclip can sometimes do damage and that’s not even the most absurd example out there.

However, we’re discussing one of the most common causes of a blockage today – toilet paper causing a clog and a gigantic mess.

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How to Unclog a Toilet with Dish Soap

Have you ever gotten a clogged toilet at the worst possible time?

Like moments before a guest is coming over or after you really need to use it?

Needless to say, a clogged toilet is perhaps the worst plumbing problem that can happen to you. Not only is it gross and a huge mess, but it can also cost you a significant amount of money for repairs.

One trick that I learned when I moved into my first apartment was learning how to unclog a toilet using alternative measures. Sure, I could have used the traditional methods like using a plunger or just calling in a professional to fix my problem, but sometimes, neither of these solutions work.

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