How to unclog your toilet with Jim Kolke Want to save some serious cash?  If you follow my blog or articles then you know that I am a licensed plumber and I love to empower home owners to perform their own repairs and more important save money!  I was hired for a pre-listing home inspection in Niles, Illinois where I found that the toilet was blocked.  Most people that know me will tell you I love to work on systems when they break.  As you will see, I went to the truck and brought in all kinds of tools to fix this toilet.

If you decide to do these repairs on your toilet, you must be very careful because the china that toilets are made of can be very sharp if broken.  My clients from the Niles home inspection were amazed on how easy it was to unclog their own toilet.  I guess this toilet is close to the children’s bedrooms and the occasional toy goes down this toilet.  If you have children, then you probably will have this same issue.

You can see other videos that we performed at the Niles home inspection at  My clients wanted a home inspector from the Niles area that new the homes and was able to tell them how to fix issues that they would come across on any day.

If you need further assistance on these issues or other items that were not spoke about today please contact me at

Thanks for stopping by. Jim Kolke


Toilet backed up??  Happens to everyone.  Don’t worry I will explain how to clear a toilet sewer line on your own.  If you want to give a plumber $125.00 then call your favorite plumbing company.  If you want to save money then read on.  I got this idea while I was performing a home inspection in Chicago.  The toilet to the master bathroom was blocked and the home owner admitted they could not get the line cleared.  They said they called a plumber, but he couldn’t make it until the evening.  I had a closet auger in the truck so I felt it a great lesson for my clients from the Chicago home inspection.

The first thing you want to buy is a closet auger like this one.  This is a rigid closet auger.


This tool is needed to clear the toilet.  You want to pull the handle back while holding the tube of the tool.  You then put the hook into the base of the toilet and push lightly while turning the handle.  The auger (snake should slide into the toilet bowl and the water should go down.  Pull back the handle and push it back while turning the handle again to ensure that the blockage is clear.  If you have problems take a look at this video at ~

My clients from the Chicago home inspection were amazed that it was that simple.  You too can do this yourself and save money.  If you have more questions please contact us at ~  Thanks for stopping by.  Jim Kolke