If you have a clogged toilet, there are many things you can try yourself to get rid of the clog. It may be that the clog isn't too far into the pipes, and you can remove it with simple tools that you can get at any home improvement centre or hardware store. Here are some ways that you can unclog toilets yourself and save money.
Use a Plunger
One of the first things most people do when they have a clogged toilet is to grab a plunger. While this is the most common method of getting rid of clogs, many people don't know how to use a plunger properly. It is important to push it into the toilet hard, and to yank it back up quickly, without releasing the seal between the plunger and the toilet.
This action must be repeated a few times. Then, release the seal, and see if the water in the toilet goes down. If it does, you can flush, and everything should be fine.
One great tip for getting a really good seal between the plunger and the toilet is to apply a bit of petroleum jelly all around the edge of the plunger. This will help it stick to the porcelain better, and the plunger will work better.
The type of plunger you use makes a big difference as well. Don't bother buying a half-round plunger, as this isn't going to give you the plunging pressure you need. Instead, get one that has a bit of a cup extending out from the center. This will fit into the toilet better, and there will be a better seal, with or without the petroleum jelly.
Use a Plumber's Snake
A plumber's snake or toilet auger is another tool you can use to get rid of clogs in your toilet. The long end with the "claws" goes into the toilet, and the other end has a handle that you turn to twist the auger into the drain even further. The claws will grip onto the clog, and then you can pull the auger back out along with the clog.
You may have to do this a few times in order to be completely successful, as the claws will break up the clog and you may have to remove it in pieces. The smaller pieces will simply flush away.
These hacks should hopefully help you take care of the clogged toilet on your own. Talk to local plumbing services if you have bigger issues that require professional assistance.