How to Unclog a Toilet Drain

Under 2 hours

Quickly and easily unclog a toilet using either a plunger or plumbing snake

When your toilet is clogged, overflows or flushes improperly, it becomes an immediate priority in your home to fix the problem. Start by using a plunger, which uses air to force clogs out of drains. If that is unsuccessful, you will have to move on to using a plumbing snake, specifically designed for use inside toilets. This guide will help you quickly unclog your toilet in two easy steps.


Plunge the toilet
Plunge toilet - Unclog Toilet Drain

• Place the plunger over the hole in the toilet.
• Plunge up and down rapidly, keeping the plunger under the water level and lifting it only an inch or so on every upstroke.
• Keep doing this for a minute or two. If it doesn't clear, use a plumbing snake.

Use a plumbing snake
Use plumbing snake - Unclog Toilet Drain

• Feed the end of the cable into the toilet, taking care not to scratch the bowl.
• Crank the handle clockwise to snag the obstruction.
• Continue cranking while pulling the obstruction out.