Toilets clogging up alot lately

KathsgrdnNovember 9, 2010

I paid a plumber to snake one toilet about 2 weeks ago, but it was nearly $100 so I'm planning on going out and buying a snake myself today for the other toilet in the house, that is now clogged. I've called around and prices in my little town range from $9.99 to $60. Does it matter if the snake is fairly inexpensive, say $20 or will I just be wasting my money and need to buy a more expensive one? I want one that is going to last but don't want to spend $60 if I don't have to.

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Have you tried a plunger, yet? It will clear most toilet clogs and is easier to use than a snake. Flush three or more times afterward to help ensure the drain is cleared.
If it's a more stubborn clog, a toilet auger should be used. It's a 6' snake in a piece of tubing that is curved at the end and jacketed to help keep the porcelain from getting scratched.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 2:38PM
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Yes, the plunger is useless.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 2:43PM
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The $60.00 closet auger is probably along the lines of the ones I use, make by Ridgid/Kollman and available at Home Depot. Like many tools, if you buy the cheap one it might work, but could be frustrating in its operation, cheap and flimsy feeling and just barely able to do the job, and after you can't get that one to work you may end up going and buying the expensive one anyway. If its something you think you may use often, you might want to get the expensive one.
If your toilets are those 1.6 gallon watersaver type then a good closet auger is standard equipment in your home. These toilets have been nothing but a pain in the butt (pardon the pun) for us plumbers since they have been required by code starting in 1993.--The Captain

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 1:28PM
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We finally bought an auger at HD because DH got tired of renting one all the time. Easy to use and works well. It was under $50 and is well worth it. A plumber I just interviewed for our new kitchen and masterbath said he recommends people buy them for wedding and housewarming presents! ha!

Plunger is worthless at my house also.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 1:42PM
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Do any of you find a difference in brands of toilet paper and clogging? I know I had a problem once when I bought Charmin and later heard a few more say the same thing so no more Charmin for me.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 1:43AM
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I am a Kindergarten teacher with 21 children and one bathroom. Lets just say....I am a living expert on clogs. And, guess what? I know the secret. Dawn. Yes, the dish detergent. It is my secret weapon. Just put a ring around and let it go down. It also keeps them free running. I cannot remember the last time I had to resort to a plunger. Plus, who wants to do all that while wearing business attire?
Come to think of it, who ever wants to use a plunger?

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 12:57PM
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Most toilet 'clogs' are in the trap built into the bowl and easily cleared with a plunger.
The plunger needs to be used correctly though.

You want to force water (NOT air) into the drain opening from the bowl.

If you are having repeated clogs AFTER the bowl trap something is very wrong.

The line from the toilet is at least 3 inches in diameter (with 4 inches being very common) and the trap is smaller than that.

Plunging in a business suit should not be a problem.
You are not going to spray water around unless you are doing it wrong (badly wrong).

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 2:23PM
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