It is important to keep up the maintenance of your house, and to make sure that everything runs as smooth as it can run. Plumbing is one thing that can be a big issue when dealing with every day living, from a stopped up drain to a clogged toilet.
First things first, try to unclog the clogged toilet yourself. If you have a plunger, then use it. Sometimes a clogged toilet is not that bad or that difficult to unclog and it can be unclogged rather easily. Attempt to unclog the toilet yourself. Take the plunger and put it in the center of the toilet. Push and pull up and down and see where this brings you and see what happens. This can work and does work most of the time. However, if this does not work, do not fret, because it still may not be that bad. The clogged toilet may still be rather easy to unclog.
If you have the necessary tools and equipment, you can do the job yourself. If the plunger does not work, than you may need to "snake it." A snake is a long metal like object that can reach far down into the pipes of the plumbing system to break up any foreign object or debris that may be in the way and may be the reason for the clogged toilet in the first place. If you have a snake, then stick the snake down the opening of the toilet until you come to an object or objects that are preventing the flow of the water and clogging up the toilet in the first place. The snake is designed to grip onto objects and either push them along on their way or even pull it up through the opening in which you stuck the snake into. It can work either way. If you do not have a snake, that is also not a problem. I am sure that you may be able to borrow one from a neighbor, a friend or even a co-worker. If you cannot borrow a snake, then you may have to purchase one. Either way, you can still do the job yourself, as I said, if you have the right tools and equipment to do the job, because a clogged toilet, many times is not as demanding and problematic as some people may think that it is.
However, there is that slim chance that a clogged toilet can be a problem and can cause major problems in the future, such as a sewage back up or even worse, broken pipes and problems with your entire plumbing system. Before you let it get that far and cause you more headaches than it is really worth, especially from a financial standpoint, you must address a clogged toilet immediately and urgently. After all, you cannot use a toilet that is clogged and stopped up and you will encounter sanitary problems, such as the smell that can arise from a clogged toilet. You need to address this issue right away.
You can do it yourself, but if you cannot, and sometimes you may not be able to, you may need to call and hire a professional plumber to do the work for you.
Other Bathroom repair, maintenance and other general advice