- Hold the closet auger with the crank in one hand, and the bottom of the shaft in the other hand. Hold it over the toilet so the end of the snake points upward.
- Lower the bent end of the snake into the center of the toilet bowl. Turn the crank of the shaft and feed the auger into the piping. Continue turning the crank until all three feet of the auger is in the trap.
- Reverse the direction of your crank turning and pull up on the auger to retrieve the entire length of the snake. Flush the toilet.
- Lower the snake, tip pointing upward, into the bottom of the toilet again. Turn the crank and feed the snake down the left side of the hole in the bottom of the toilet. Feed out the entire auger, then retrieve it.
- Feed the auger into the bottom of the toilet, down the right side of the hole in the bottom. Retrieve the auger and flush the toilet again. The trap should now be completely cleaned out.
How to Clean a Toilet Bowl Trap
A toilet bowl's trap is a curved pipe that connects the toilet to the plumbing. The trap is a common location for clogs, most of which are too deep to remove with a plunger. Cleaning a toilet bowl trap requires a closet auger, which is a snake-like plumbing tool that you feed into the trap to remove clogs. Once you clean the trap with the auger, the toilet should flush normally.
Things You Will Need
- How to Replace a Flush Valve on a Toilet
- How to Clean Out Your Water Pipes
- How to Unclog a Slow Toilet
- How to Install a Toilet Flange Spacer
- How to Rough-in Toilets
- How to Run a Dishwasher With a Clogged Disposal
- How to Keep Sewer Pipes Clean
- What to Use for a Clogged Toilet Drain
- How to Troubleshoot a Flush Valve for an American Standard Champion Toilet
- How to Replace a 4-Inch American Standard Flush Valve Flapper
- How to Unclog a Stuck Toilet
- How to Install a Toilet Over Tile
- How to Unclog a Toilet With Liquid
- How to Clean a Toilet Plunger