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What to Do When a Tub & Toilet are Clogged

Clogs occur when foreign debris blocks the pipes. If you notice that your toilet is not draining well or that water is standing in the bathtub, it is time to consider how to fix your clogs.

Clean a bathtub after every use to prevent clogs of hair and soap scum.

Clogs occur when foreign debris blocks the pipes.  If you notice that your toilet is not draining well or that water is standing in the bathtub, it is time to consider how to fix your clogs.


Manual Clog Removal

A clog that is relatively close to the start of the pipe can often be dislodged or fished up with an unbent coat hanger.  For a more sophisticated means of removal, use a plumbing snake, also known as an auger, to send metal wire down the pipe to cut up the clog.

A closet auger is the type that is specifically made for the toilet. 


Removal Through Suction

Suction can frequently dislodge clogs, and you can use a plunger on both a toilet and a bathtub.  Plug up the overflow drain on a bathtub with wet rags.


Professional Assistance

If both the toilet and the bathtub are clogged at once, there may be a clog in the main water line.  This is a problem that should be handled by a professional plumber, as basic home fixes will be ineffective.

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