Indoor plumbing is a wonderful thing, but when it doesn’t work it can be a major hassle.  We tend to assume the toilet will just work, but if children drop toys in, or the wrong materials are flushed; the toilet may decide to clog up on you.  If your toilet has taken a clog break, here are a few steps you can take to get it back to work.

1.    Plunge away – The first solution you should try when facing a clogged toilet is the good old plunger.  For most minor clogs, a few forceful plunges (forceful not fast) will clear things right up.

2.    Soap and hot water – If the plunger by itself doesn’t work, you may need to take things to the next level.  Heat some water to just below boiling.  Pour a little bit of dish soap into the toilet and follow it up with the hot water.  Give it a few minutes, then try the trusty plunger again.  Hopefully, this was all your toilet needed to give it a fresh, clean start.

3.    Auger – If your toilet clog still refuses to budge, you will need to bring out the big guns.  The best thing to do next is to find an auger or for those of us not versed in plumbing jargon, a plumbing snake.  Uncoil the plumbing snake and slowly feed it down the pipe.  If you are using it properly, you should eventually run into the clog.  Spin the snake in a circular motion to try to catch the clogged material, then slowly pull the snake back up.  Hopefully, you will have bits of the clog stuck to the end of the snake.  Repeat this process as often as necessary, plunging occasionally, to remove that stubborn clog.

4.    Plumber – If the auger failed, your best bet is to call a plumber.