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The Toilet's Clogged. Don't Panic!

clogged drain ocalaWe’ve all been there. Visiting a relative or friend, you use the restroom, and somehow the toilet just won't flush. This can feel so embarrassing, but don’t stress! With this how-to, they’ll never know unless you tell them.

Is the water about to overflow? Find the shut off valve to the toilet, turn it to the right, and voila! Most of the time, this cuts the water right off. However, if it doesn’t, don’t keep flushing! If you continue to flush, the water will overflow. 

Now, grab the plunger. Almost all bathrooms have a plunger, and hopefully the one you’re in is no exception. The key to unclogging the toilet lies in the way you plunge. Be sure to have a solid suction seal, and put force on the plunger. Try not to break the seal of the plunger to the bowl. Once you’re sure the blockage has been cleared, you can turn the water back on, flush, and get out of there! Crisis averted. 

If your host does not have a plunger in the bathroom, or these instructions don’t work, don’t feel embarrassed. We’ve all been there. Quietly pull them aside, ask for a plunger, and take care of the issue. If you don’t make a big deal about it, neither will they.

Sometimes though, the problem might not be your fault (ha ha), but something more serious might be happening. If you are unsure about the cause of your clogged toilet drains, please give Kost Plumbing a call. We service all of Marion, Sumter and Lake Counties!


What Others Say About Kost Plumbing

We had Kost Plumbing come out on weeknight when we had no water and he fixed the problem THAT NIGHT! We were amazed at his great work ethic and honest prices that he will be our Plumber for Life!!

Susan J., Ocala, FL

Thomas has done numerous jobs for me, and his work is always exceptional. He is very dependable and is willing to go out of his way to make sure the job is done right. In my opinion you could not hire a more professional or honest person.

Barbara A., Ocala, FL

Thank you so much for all the help and support you provided when we had that leak! I couldn't have asked for a better job or price and the fact that you got it fixed so quickly that we were able to keep up our busy schedules without hardly missing a beat was AWESOME!!! Thanks again.

John D., Citra, FL

I do now know where to start, your prices and plumbing expertise are exceptional. I also appreciate your deck building and carpenter skills, not to mention that outstanding kitchen remodel. With your card I do not need anybody's "List" or any "Referral Program". Keep up the good work!

Chuck F., Reddick, FL

Kost's Korner

When Liquid Plumber Doesn't Work.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Nothing is worse than that moment of panic when a pipe gets clogged, and liquid plumber doesn't do the job anymore. For some, calling in the professionals is a last ditch effort, and it's all DIY until you can't DIY anymore. The holidays are over, and those drains have seen it all, between guests and family putting extra work on the utilities this season - it's time to clean it all out and start fresh for the new year.


How to tell if my home needs a water purification system?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

In an ideal world, we would walk into our kitchen, turn on the faucet, trust the liquid flowing out of it and drink pure, clean water until our heart’s content. Sadly, however, a perfect world is not here yet. We trust our state and local governments to provide us with safe, potable drinking water, but is that really what we’re getting?