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What NOT to do when your toilet is clogged

“Let’s start with what not to do. While it may feel counterintuitive, do not start off by continuing to flush the clogged toilet. Nathan Ripley, who runs a house cleaning and maid service called Maid Just Right, says, “This could lead to water leaking all over the place.”

If you have already reached the point of overflowing your toilet, turn the water flowing to your toilet off by twisting the shutoff valve, located behind the bottom of your toilet, in a clockwise direction. Then pick up the phone and call a plumber.

Ripley also warns that a clog that is not isolated to one location in your house is likely the result of a malfunction in the main pipe. Again, pick up the phone and call a plumber so that you don’t do any lasting damage to your house’s plumbing.”

Read more tips on clogged toilets here.

It might seem obvious, but there is a belief that a clog might resolve itself with another flushing. While it’s possible the force could clear the blockage, more times than not this will just make things worse. Instead, the clog should be dealt with directly rather than hoping for an easy fix.

At DC Annis Sewer we’ve seen our fair share of clogged toilets. If you have a stubborn clog, give us a call at 612-861-6425 to talk with one of our specialists.