We all know the feeling you get from flushing the toilet and seeing the water start to rise. And we all wish we didn’t know the feeling. It’s stressful. Toilet clogs happen at the worst times. Fortunately, we have a few steps to help ease the stress if you want to avoid this feeling.

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How to Unclog an Overflowing Toilet

The first step to unclogging a toilet is to prevent it from overflowing. If the toilet appears clogged after flushing once, refrain from flushing again and follow these steps to turn off the water:


  • Gloves (optional)

You can wear gloves if you prefer, but don’t worry too much about getting your hands wet in the toilet tank. It’s the same water that comes out of your sink.

Step 1. Remove the lid from the toilet tank.

Step 2. Close the toilet flapper. What does the flapper look like? It looks similar to a drain stopper and links to a chain.

Follow the directions below to unclog the toilet.

How to Unclog a Toilet With a Plunger

Now that you’ve ensured a flood-free bathroom, you’re ready to unclog a toilet like a plumber.


  • Heavy-Duty Rubber Plunger

Here’s how to unclog a toilet using a plunger:

Step 1. Soften up the rubber by running your plunger under hot water.

Step 2. Make sure the flange is pulled out from the cup of the plunger.

Step 3. Approach the toilet bowl with the plunger at an angle to fill the plunger with water. Avoid allowing air into the cup of the plunger as this will reduce the pulling force.

Step 4. Submerge the flange around the drain hole to form a seal. You want to make sure there is no air escaping from the sides of the drain hole when you push down on the plunger.

Step 5. With a firm grip on the handle, you’re ready to begin plunging. Push down and pull the plunger up repeatedly until the clog loosens.

Step 6. The toilet bowl should empty on its own once the clog has loosened and is often accompanied by a gulp. When this occurs, you can rinse your plunger and set it aside.

Step 7. Locate the flapper in the toilet tank and open it to turn on the water.

Step 8. Now you’re ready to flush. Keep the lid off the toilet tank until the toilet flushes normally. This will make it easy to shut the water off to prevent an overflow in case the toilet is still clogged.

Step 9. Repeat these steps to loosen up the clog if the toilet doesn’t flush correctly.

How To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

The steps above are reassuring when you have to unclog a toilet with a plunger. But sometimes, you unfortunately realize you need a plunger in the house when it’s too late. If you don’t have a plunger handy, don’t worry. There are a few things you can do to clear a clogged toilet fast.

For more information on how to unclog a toilet without a plunger, check out our blog: How To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger