4 Easy Ways to Unclog a Toilet

We get it. Toilet clogs are disgusting, and they’re something that none of us really want to deal with. Sadly, they’re a fact of life. As your Hagerstown plumber, we are always here to help with all of your plumbing woes, but in most cases, you can unclog your toilet yourself. With a few basic household supplies and some basic know-how, you can usually get your toilet flowing again in no time.

Roll up your sleeves, and let’s get to work!

Take the Plunge

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If you don’t already have a plunger in your home, a clogged toilet is the universe’s way of letting you know you need to buy one. Having a plunger on hand could save you from a flooded bathroom and help you avoid needing to call the plumber.

Make sure your plunger seals securely to the bottom of the bowl. If you’re having trouble getting a good seal, spread some petroleum jelly on the plunger’s rim. Make sure the top of the plunger is fully submerged, and plunge away!

Make a Toilet Volcano

If you’ve ever helped your kids make a baking soda and vinegar volcano, you already know a great way to bust up clogs in your toilet drain.

Boil a large pot of water, and let cool for about five minutes. Pour one cup of baking soda into your toilet, followed immediately by two cups of vinegar. Add the water, being careful not to overflow the bowl. All the solution to work for several hours. Unless you have a particularly stubborn clog, this should get things moving again.

Get the Snake

Plumbing snakes can be a bit messy, but they’re the best DIY method for clearing stubborn clogs. Feed the end of the snake into your toilet, and twist the handle to dislodge the clog. When removing the flexible end from your toilet, do so slowly to avoid flinging nasty water and debris all over your bathroom.

Call the Pros

Sometimes, even the most seasoned do-it-yourselfer just can’t seem to get rid of a toilet clog. If you’re tried all the methods above and your toilet still isn’t flushing (or you’d like to avoid the potential mess of trying to clear a clog yourself), call the experts right here at Larry & Sons. We’re equipped the handle even the most stubborn clogs, and we won’t leave behind a disgusting mess. If you need help with a clogged toilet in Hagerstown, call 301-733-5428 or contact us online.

How to Repair a Leaky Faucet in 10 Easy Steps

Is the constant drip, drip, dripping of a leaky faucet driving you crazy? If the noise isn’t enough to prompt you to take action, consider this: even a minor faucet leak can waste up to three gallons of water per day. For the sake of your water bill and your sanity, fix that drip right away!

Want to avoid a bill from your plumber? Repairing a leaky faucet is a relatively simple do-it-yourself fix. Here’s what to do!

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What you’ll need:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • 1/8-inch Allen wrench
  • Tongue-and-groove pliers
  • Replacement parts

What to do:

  1. Turn off the cold and hot water supply valves underneath your sink. If you don’t have shut-off valves under the sink, turn off your main water valve. Turn the faucet on to allow the last bit of water to trickle out and drain the water lines.
  2. Remove the screw cover, and use an Allen wrench or screwdriver to remove the screw. Remove the
  3. Examine the adjusting ring and cap. Does this area look like the source of your leak? If so, use your needle-nose pliers to tighten the adjusting ring. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you’ll need to replace your faucet’s seats and springs.
  4. Remove the adjusting ring. Next, unscrew the dome-shaped cap. To prevent damage and improve grip, place a cloth over the grip and unscrew using tongue-and-groove pliers. Avoid using too much pressure to prevent bending.
  5. Pull out the round metal stem, which will also remove the ball and the cam and packing. If this is where your faucet is leaking from, replace the cam and packing to resolve the problem.
  6. Look inside the valve. The small circular part you see is the seat, and the spring is located beneath the seat. Pry both seats out using your Allen wrench.
  7. Insert new seats and springs. Thread your Allen wrench through the flat side of the seat and through the narrow end of the spring, then tip the seat and spring into the hole. Do this for each set.
  8. Replace the ball assembly, cam, and packing.
  9. Screw the cap back on the valve using your hand. Use needle-nose pliers to replace the adjusting ring, then reinstall the handle.
  10. Turn the water back on to make sure you’ve fixed the leak

Faucet Repair in Hagerstown

If these steps didn’t solve your problem, you may need help from a professional plumber. For the best faucet repair in Hagerstown, contact Larry & Sons today! Contact us online or call 301-733-5428.

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