So your toilet is clogged: now what? Because of all the use that your toilet gets and all the solid waste that it has to dispose of, toilet clogs are common. Many homeowners don’t know what to do next when their toilet clogs, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you sort the problem out. Make sure that you always call for a professional plumber if your toilet remains clogged or if you have any type of serious plumbing issue. There really is no substitute for the experience and training that your local plumbing contractor can provide.
Turn off the Water
If your toilet is clogged but the bowl won’t stop filling up, you can shut off the supply of water to the toilet so that it will stop—hopefully before it overflows onto your bathroom floor. Behind the bowl or the tank you should see a silver knob. Turn it to the off position which should keep any more water from coming into your toilet.
Choose a Method
Now that the water isn’t flowing into your toilet, you can choose from a couple different methods to unclog your toilet. First, you can use a plunger. This device forces water and air down your toilet drain in the hope that this will force the clog free and allow it to drain.
If that doesn’t work, you can use a large bucket of tap water. The idea here is that you dump a bucket of water into the bowl and the force of it loosens the clog. Obviously, if the toilet bowl is already full of water then this would not be a good option.
If those methods don’t work, you can also use a metal coat hanger. With this option, you craft your own drain auger (also called a drain snake). Unwind the hanger so that it is one long wire. Squeeze the hook closed (this may require some pliers) so that it will fit down the drain. You pretty much want to work this around to break the clog loose.
If these methods don’t work, it could mean that the clog is further down your drain and you may need to call your local plumber. They have a variety of equipment that can easily break up your clog and get your toilet flowing again.
Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips for Your Kids
Electricity is likely the most commonly used fuel source in your home. But like any other fuel source, it is also very dangerous when not given the proper respect. For kids, it is important to understand the value of electricity but also know how to avoid being injured by it. Here is a quick list of some tips that you can talk about with your kids so they know how to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe.
- Utility pole. When your children look at utility poles and they notice the pegs leading up to the top, their first instinct might be to climb them just like a tree house. Make sure that they understand that those power poles are for professionals only and that it is very dangerous to climb them.
- Trees and power lines. When playing outside, the over–head power lines constitute a real danger. In many areas, these lines hang low and can be reached by children climbing trees. Make sure that your children know not to climb trees that are near power lines. Even if the trees aren’t touching the power lines, they could when extra weight is added to the branches.
- Flying kites. Enjoying the outdoors with a kite is a great way to spend an afternoon. Make sure that your kids only fly kites in large, open areas away from power lines. If the kite gets stuck in a power line, call your utility company.
- Electrical boxes. You may have one of those green electrical utility boxes near your home on the sidewalk. These are usually shaped like a rectangle or square, and come in different shapes and sizes. Usually, they have large warnings on the side of them, but make sure that your kids understand that these are very dangerous and should never be fiddled with.
If any of your pets climb up a power pole or if they get stuck in a tree near a power pole, contact your local utility company. Electricity is a wonderful convenience but it can also be very dangerous if it isn’t handled properly.