If you’ve ever had a clogged toilet, then you know the feeling of desperation that comes with it. You’ve tried everything—plunging, boiling water, you name it—but nothing seems to work. So, you finally break down and buy a toilet auger. But as you’re using it, you start to wonder: Can a toilet auger get stuck?
The answer might surprise you! Toilet augers are specifically designed not to get stuck in toilets (although they can occasionally get stuck in other places, like drainpipes). In this blog post, I’ll explain exactly how toilet augers work and how to use them without fear of getting them stuck. Keep reading to learn more!
Can a Toilet Auger Get Stuck?
Toilet augers, also known as closet augers or snake augers, are designed with a flexible coil that allows them to maneuver around the trapway of a toilet without getting stuck.
The flexible coil is usually made from metal or plastic and has sharp teeth at its end, which help it grab onto blockages and break them up.
Toilet augers are relatively simple tools, but they can be incredibly effective at clearing out clogs. However, that doesn’t mean toilet augers are completely foolproof. It is possible for them to get stuck in certain circumstances.
If the coil of the auger gets wedged too tightly into a pipe or the bend of a trapway, it can be difficult to remove. Also, if too much pressure is applied when trying to clear a clog, the coil of the auger may become tangled in the obstruction and be difficult to free.
How Toilet Augers Work
Toilet augers are basically giant snakes that you can use to clear clogs in your toilet (or other drains). They have a long, flexible shaft with a spiral head at the end that can grab onto anything blocking the drain and help break it up so that water can flow through again.
Toilet augers are made out of tough materials that can withstand a lot of wear and tear, so they’re built to last. And even though they’re flexible, they won’t bend or break easily–even if you accidentally hit something hard while using them. In short, they’re designed to do one thing and one thing only: clear clogs quickly and easily!
How Do You Use a Toilet Auger Correctly?
Most people know that a toilet auger is a tool used to clear clogs from toilets, but do you know how to use one correctly? First, you’ll need to choose the right auger for the job.
If you have a standard toilet, you’ll want to use a 3-foot auger. For a high-efficiency toilet, you’ll need a 4-foot auger. Second, insert the auger into the toilet bowl and position the snake so it’s pointing down the drain. Next, start cranking the handle to extend the snake down the drain.
As the snake moves down the drain, it will come into contact with the clog and may dislodge it or catch it on the way up. Finally, flush the toilet to clear away any remaining debris. Now you know how to use a toilet auger like a pro!
How Do You Remove a Stuck Toilet Auger?
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a toilet with an auger, you know it’s not a pleasant experience. But don’t worry, there are ways to remove a stuck auger without having to call a plumber.
First, try winding in the flexible tubing and re-extending it several times. You may need to do this for a while before the tubing finds its way free and can be pulled out of the drain. This usually helps if the tubing has folded in on itself.
The tubing may occasionally become entangled with something inside the drain. If this happens, you’ll need to remove the toilet from its base and try to remove the object and auger from the bottom side with a screwdriver or other tool. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to reseat the toilet on a new wax ring and secure it.
So there you have it! With a little elbow grease, you can remove a stuck auger without having to call in reinforcements.
If your toilet is ever clogged and the plunger just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, don’t despair! A toilet auger can help you clear the clog quickly and easily—without fear of getting it stuck.
Just make sure to read and follow the instructions carefully and be careful when using the auger, and you’ll be flushing again in no time!