What to Do When You Clog Someone Else's Toilet

What to Do When You Clog Someone Else’s Toilet

November 29, 2017

The holiday season is a joyous time of gathering together with friends and family. From watching Christmas movies to chowing down on the holiday dinner, it’s the perfect time to create memories together you’ll cherish for years to come. That is, until you ruin a perfectly good afternoon together by clogging your host’s toilet! You knew you probably shouldn’t have had that third piece of pie, but for some reason you caved anyway!

Failing to get the toilet to flush can be incredibly embarrassing. You’re faced with the awkward dilemma of either admitting the mishap to the people who have so kindly let you into their house, or just leaving it behind for someone else to deal with.

Luckily, there are other options. Even though you may not be an expert in plumbing in Altoona, PA, you can remedy this unfortunate predicament without having to walk into an awkward situation.

Quit flushing

First, try not to panic. Take a deep breath, gather your thoughts and stop trying to flush the toilet! You know it’s clogged, and repeatedly flushing likely isn’t going to change that. In fact, repeatedly flushing a clogged toilet can only make matters worse. It could result in the toilet water—and whatever else was in it—flooding on to the floor.

Enlist the help of the plunger

Survey your surroundings to see if there’s a plunger hiding underneath the sink or in a corner near the toilet. This is your best weapon for defeating most clogged toilets. Attempt to use the plunger to clear the clog and dispose of any evidence indicating something went amiss in the bathroom. If all goes according to plan, no one will ever have to know about the embarrassing mishap you just avoided.

Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t keep the plunger in the bathroom. This might be the time to text the host or your spouse to see if maybe they could bring you the plunger if it has been vanquished to the garage. Chances are, they won’t be too mad, since you’re taking the necessary steps to fix the problem yourself, which saves them from having to call for professional assistance with plumbing in Altoona, PA.


You know what’s worse than clogging a toilet? Not owning up to it and forcing another unsuspecting partygoer to deal with it! Plus, most people will probably be able to figure out it was you, anyway. It’s time to come clean if the plunger doesn’t work. Pull the host aside and explain the situation. Remember to offer an apology and to help pay if they need to enlist the help of a plumber. They might even admit their toilet has had a flushing problem for months now and they know the secret way to jiggle the handle to make it flush easily. Once it’s all said and done, you may want to upgrade their Christmas present this year to show your appreciation.

Toilet problems don’t have to ruin the party. Contact Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. today to take care of any plumbing issues.

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