Toilet Drain Pipe Repair Toilet Drain Pipe Repair
Repairing a clogged toilet drain pipe is an easy, if not pleasant, task, especially if tackled immediately. The following is a very basic and simple guide for you to follow in repairing your toilet drain pipe.
Step 1 – Assess the Actual Problem
Determine if the problem is really in the toilet drain pipe, the bathroom sink, or even further along the drain line. If water overflows from the toilet bowl, the problem lies in the clogged toilet drain pipe. Note that the blockage may be in the toilet itself or somewhere near it if the bathroom sink does not back up. However, if it does back up, the problem may lie somewhere down in the drain line.
Toilet drain pipe clogging requires minimal repair whereas if the clog is somewhere beyond the toilet pipe drain, the whole toilet will have to be removed and the pipe will be repaired from that point.
Step 2 – Determine the Cause of the Clog
Clogs may be caused by excessive toilet papers, small toys, washcloths and sometimes, female sanitary napkins. The basic remedy for this is to immediately remove these objects by gloved hands. Do not force it to enter the drain pipe as it will worsen the situation. If the clog is caused by normal human waste, it is best to use the toilet plunger or the auger.
Step 3 – Use the Plunger First
The plunger with a flange is better than the traditional rubber cup plunger. This is because the flange can be inserted into the bottom bowl opening and creates more pressure than the traditional plunger. First, fill the bowl to half full with water. If it overflows, wear gloves and get a plastic cup to remove the water from the bowl. If the bowl is empty, add some water. Drape a large old towel on the bowl and underneath the toilet seat to prevent splash backs while working on the repair. Put the plunger into the bowl and cover the toilet drain pipe completely. Begin pressing and pulling rapidly for about 15 to 20 seconds. If the water begins draining out of the bowl, add more water to it and plunge again. If however, the water is drained properly, flush the toilet to check if it is functional.
Step 4 – If the Plunger Does Not Help, Use the Auger
There are three types of augers that you can choose from. One is the cable auger, or also known as the plumber’s snake. Another is the closet auger and the third type is the electric power auger. Whatever auger you use will be sufficient to provide you with better repair assistance than the conventional plunger. Augers are tools for clearing the drain in the toilet. They usually have a sharp spiral wire at the tip and another semi-rigid wire that can bend inside the toilet bowl. It also includes a guide tube as well as a hand crank to move the spiral tip to clear away the obstruction.
Begin by inserting the guide tube into the drain. Make sure the tube’s curve is facing the drain’s direction. Next, crank the auger in one direction until it is tight and then crank it once more in another direction. Continue this process until the auger is inserted further down the drain. Then, crank the auger to clear the toilet drain pipe’s obstruction. Next, pull the guide tube from the toilet. Take note not to force down the auger if the guide tube gets stuck inside. Just pull it gently or turn the crank back and forth while pulling the guide tube. Adding force may break your toilet bowl. Once the auger is out, use the plunger. Flush the toilet.