Toilet augers are the ‘next generation’ plumber’s tool, and successor to the plunger.
We mentioned in the article on plungers, that we think of toilets when we see a plunger. However, plumbers no longer use the plunger for a clogged toilet. The plumber uses the next greatest invention for clearing a clogged toilet. The “Toilet Auger”.
Before you rush out to purchase one, and you will want to do this, you will need some coaching on using the toilet auger.
In the photo above, you see the end of the mettle shaft with a rubber sleeve. Release the bulbous end of the cable from the handle and pull the handle up. This will allow he bulbous end of the cable to be drawn up close to the curved, rubber sleeve at the end of the mettle shaft.
Once the bulbous end of the cable is close to the curved rubber sleeve, insert the curved rubber end into the trap of the toilet so you no longer see the coiled, bulbous end of the cable.
Now you can no longer see the bulbous end of the cable and some of the curved sleeve is also out of site in the trap of the toilet, do not push down on the end of the mettle shaft, now sitting in the toilet bowl. Simply, hold the auger in the trap of the toilet (curved bottom of the toilet bowl) and begin to crank the auger handle clock wise, while pushing down on the handle. The cable should begin moving into the inner workings of the toilet trap.
Once the cable has encounter the blockage, you will notice the water in the bowl begin to drop the water line and recede from the bowl. Remove the toilet tank lid. Control how much water enters the bowl by lightly pulling up on the chain, attached to the flush valve flapper or other device controlling the amount of water you allow out of the tank to the toilet bowl.
If the water begins to go down the toilet trap, pull the handle all the way up and open the flush valve, as if you have just flushed the toilet.
Continue rotating the closet auger in order to fully dislodge the obstruction, and to rinse the augers cable.
Allow the toilet tank to recover. When the fill valve shuts off, flush the toilet while pulling the auger handle up. This will retrieve the bulbous part of the cable, bringing it back to the curved rubber sleeve. You should have a fully functional toilet. You are done.