Three Tips When Using A Rented Auger To Clear Your Clogged Toilet

Posted on: 31 December 2017

Toilet augers are used to unclog a toilet. They are inexpensive to rent, and they can save you a lot of money by not needing to call a plumber simply because of a clogged toilet. However, there are a few things you should know.

After your toilet flushes, you still may have a problem

When your toilet is stopped up and a plunger is not getting the job done, then you may think about using an auger to clear the toilet. Although an auger is easy to use, even for a person using one for the first time, the tricky part will come when you clear the clogged toilet. An auger may cut though toilet paper in the toilet, but the problem may be an object that is lodged inside. The object may have been pushed through to the drain, but you need to check this. After the toilet flushes normally, put a normal amount of toilet paper inside the bowl and flush. Do this a second time. If the toilet flushes normally, then your done.

If the toilet is flushing slowly or stops up

If the object is still in the toilet, the paper will begin to wrap around the object, and you will notice the water flushing slowly or even see a stoppage. You now have to get the object out of the toilet. You can still use your auger for this. Slowly turn the handle and push the auger's cable into the toilet line. As soon as you feel resistance, you have likely found the obstruction. What you want to do is to push past the obstruction, and then pull quickly on the auger so the cable is removed from the toilet. Often the cable will catch the obstruction on the way out.

If the stoppage persists

Another technique is to attempt to wrap the cable around the object. Whether you can do this or not will depend upon the nature of the object, and what is at the end of the cable. Sometimes an auger has a small hook that makes grabbing the object easier. Sometimes the jerking movement of the auger will dislodge the object, so it can be pushed through the toilet.

Make sure you have a pair of work gloves when using the auger, and do not give up quickly. There is a skill in using an auger that comes with practice. You will get the hang of it. The worst case for removing the object is to remove the toilet, but you will still need the auger, only you can try from the bottom side. Plumbers rarely do this because the auger can usually get the job done.

Get in touch with a business like Gopher Plumbing Supply for more information.