Originally Posted by BedWetter
Well, yes, my toilet has clogged again. It is the second time since I moved in last August and I am too embarrassed to call my apartment maintenance tomorrow and have them to do it, because I feel like it's my fault. I have now attempted to plunge it about 15 times over the last hour and a half, and the water in the bowl is clear, but it still overflows everytime I flush. FML.
So I'm going out to buy a toilet auger from Lowes. I am deciding between two options:
One of them is the Cobra 7/16" x 3' Homeowner Toilet Auger for $7.48.
The other option is the Cobra 1/2" x 3-1/2" Professional Toilet Auger for $27.13.
I'm thinking I should go with the professional option for 20 dollars more, because $27.13 isn't really that expensive, and I REALLY don't want to have to make a return trip to the same store an hour later to buy the larger option.
Any tips? I'm a veteran of plunging toilets but have never operated a snake before. I'm kinda excited I must admit.
Get a cheap garden hose, hook one end up to an outside spigot, and stick the other end in the toilet, kind of lodged under the little lid under which the water and waste goes.
Got the picture?
Now go outside, turn the spigot up to full force, turn the spigot back off, and go back inside.
See? All fixed.
As an alternative, buy a plunger. Push slowly down, and the pop back up. In other words, put most of the power and force into the pull-up stroke rather than the push down stroke. (That's the proper way to plunge).
I've never needed an auger. (I have lots of experience - used to own five houses and had four of them rented).
Better for the hose trick if you have a confederate hold the hose in the toilet. If that thing pops out of there, it's one heck of a mess.