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How to unclog a urinal

Updated March 24, 2017

Urinals are commonly found in two places: men's rest rooms and unisex rest rooms. If you are in charge of keeping a company rest room clean and in good working order, then at some point you might be faced with a clogged urinal. When this happens, stay calm. Unclogging a urinal is no different than removing a clog from any other type of drain, and can be easier to unclog than a toilet.

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  1. Remove the drain covering from the inside of the urinal by taking out the screws with a screwdriver.

  2. Add a few inches of water to the inside of the clogged urinal.

  3. Place a plunger over the drain inside the urinal and give it several strong thrusts. This can remove clogs that are close to the drain's surface.

  4. Insert a drain auger cable if the plunger doesn't work. Crank the auger to insert the cable slowly.

  5. Stop cranking when you feel the cable hit the clog. Crank a little more so the cable can attach to the clog.

  6. Pull out the drain auger cable by cranking the opposite way. The clog will come out, too.

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Water
  • Plunger
  • Drain auger

About the Author

Mike Johnson has been working as a writer since 2005, specializing in fitness, health, sports, recreational activities and relationship advice. He has also had short stories published in literary journals such as "First Class Magazine." Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in education and history from Youngstown State University.

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