Maintenance Monday: How to Unclog Your Toilet

Welcome back to Maintenance Monday, where our maintenance team is here to break down all the things you need to tackle those pesky apartment fixes. Today, we're talking about a common issue that can have you feeling stuck — a clogged toilet. Whether you're facing a minor blockage or a potential overflow situation, we've got the quick fix you need to get things moving again.


Step 1: Secure the Plunger

When faced with a stubborn clog, a plunger is your best friend. Begin by lining up the rubber portion of the plunger around the bottom hole of the toilet bowl and securing it for a tight seal. This seal is crucial for creating the necessary suction to dislodge the blockage effectively.


Step 2: Start Plunging

With the plunger in place, it's time to put some elbow grease into action. Using firm and consistent pressure, plunge up and down vigorously. The water pressure created by the plunging action should help to dislodge the clog and get things flowing smoothly once again.


Step 3: Identifying & Preventing Overflow

In some cases, particularly stubborn clogs or excessive flushing can lead to an overflow situation. If you notice the water level rising dangerously close to the rim of the toilet bowl, it's essential to act quickly to prevent a messy situation. These next steps will help you get that water flow back under control.


Step 4: Turn off the Water

To prevent overflow, locate the water supply valve behind or beside the toilet. This valve controls the flow of water to the toilet. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water supply. By cutting off the water flow, you'll effectively halt any potential overflow and buy yourself some time to address the clog.


Step 5: Resume Plunging

Once the water supply is safely turned off, resume plunging to dislodge the clog. Take care to maintain a tight seal with the plunger and continue with firm, consistent plunging motions until the blockage is cleared.


Step 6: Restore the Water Supply

After successfully unclogging the toilet, it's time to restore the water supply. Simply turn the water supply valve counterclockwise to reopen the flow of water to the toilet. Allow the tank to refill, and you're back in business!


Step 7: Test & Confirm

Finally, give the toilet a test flush to ensure everything is working as it should. If the water drains away smoothly without any signs of backing up or overflow, that's it! You've successfully conquered the clog and prevented a potential disaster.


No matter where you live, an apartment or a house, unclogging a toilet and preventing overflow is a simple yet essential skill to master. Remember, a little bit of know-how and quick action can save you from a messy situation. Stay tuned for more Maintenance Monday tips and tricks to keep your living space running smoothly!


Remember: Your Safety Always Comes First

While unclogging a is a relatively simple task, it's essential to take care to minimize damage to your home or belongings. If you're unable to control the water flow, contact our maintenance team for assistance.