Help Around the House flushes out a clogged toilet using a closet auger.
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Henry Harrison: This is what I normally use to clear clogs in my toilet. But sometimes a clog or a blockage can be tougher than a plunger. And that’s why I’m here with Roy. How are you doing buddy? Roy: Great! Henry Harrison: Good to see you. Roy: Thank you. Henry Harrison: You look kind of happy. Roy: Yes. Henry Harrison: All right, let’s talk about your toilet. It’s kind of a sad situation sometimes. Roy: Yes, it is. Henry Harrison: Okay, let’s talk about it. Roy: Well you know, when you flash it, it gets clog up. And I don’t get that perfect flow, you know that I should be getting. And due to that it gets embarrassing when the guest come over, you know so I’d like to find a way maybe if you know we could resolve that. Henry Harrison: Right. It’s not a laughing matter when you have guests. Roy: No, it’s not. Henry Harrison: Obviously, you’ve used this plunger a couple of times, check this out. You’ve just about broken it. It’s totally ineffective. But I’m going to show you a tool that works like a champ and it’s gentle on your water closet. Roy: All right. Henry Harrison: You’ve heard that term before? Roy: No. Henry Harrison: That’s the technical term for your toilet. Roy: All right. Henry Harrison: Are you ready to get started? Roy: Yes. Henry Harrison: Okay, all right. The only tool we’ll use to get Roy’s toilet flushing properly is this closet auger. Since there are no materials involved, Roy didn’t need to spend any money for this project. It should take about 15 minutes to complete and on my oval gray-scale of one to four, this is definitely a one. Roy: You see what I mean Henry? Henry Harrison: You’re not getting full coverage there, it’s not flushing everything down into the system. So, remember that tool I was telling you about? Roy: Yeah. Henry Harrison: Okay, here it is. Roy: Okay. Henry Harrison: You’ve seen anything like this? Roy: No, actually. Henry Harrison: It’s a called a closet auger. Roy: Okay. Henry Harrison: And the whole idea is, you see this little barb? It kind of looks like a corkscrew, doesn’t it? Roy: Yes. Henry Harrison: Okay. And back here I want you to grab that, just hold that right there. You see back here there is a handle. Roy: Okay. Henry Harrison: Now, watch what happens when you turn he handle. Look at that. Roy: Oh I see. Henry Harrison: The idea is that little barb or corkscrew will catch anything that’s in your toilet. Now, just grab a hold to that. In the toilet, it isn’t straight Roy. You would think that the water is going straight down into the sewer system, it isn’t. There is a little hook in there, there’s kind of like a little ‘S’. Roy: Okay. Henry Harrison: It’s like a reverse curve. So, this line is going to go in the toilet like this. And it’s going to flip over and come back and then it’s going to go down just like that, kind of like a snake. Roy: Oh I see, that’s how it works? Okay. Henry Harrison: So, let’s give it a shut. Just take that shaft, bring it all the way up here to the back of that corkscrew. Just push it up, okay. Roy: Okay. Henry Harrison: Okay. Now, gently slide that arm into the opening and get it in there. Okay, there you go, all right. Now, start to crank it gently clockwise. And as you crank it, use this shaft to help keep it in line and then just constantly crank and push at the same time. Okay, do you feel? Okay. Keep pushing as you crank. There you go. We’re going to go all the way, all the way to our auger shaft. Look at that. You’ve gone all the way now. Roy: Right. Henry Harrison: Okay. Now, as you retract it, pull it up and turn it counterclockwise. And we’re going to really make sure we’ve got everything. Let’s test that out and make sure that auger has cleared all the clogs. Roy: Okay. Henry Harrison: Yes, it’s smooth. Roy: Yes, it’s working. Henry Harrison: Now your plunger, you can use a plunger too much and you’re forcing water against the clog and that water is going to look for spot of lease resistance and that wax ring down there is an area that water can see through. Roy: Okay. Henry Harrison: So, a lot of times you can plunge this to a point where you’re shooting the water out from under the wax ring and then you’re going to end up with a leak on your floor which is a totally different problem. So, get a new plunger, use it sparingly and I’m going to leave this auger here with you. Roy: All right. Henry Harrison: And it will save you time and money.
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