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How to Unclog a Toilet

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We rarely think about toilets until something goes wrong. When our toilet fails or clogs, it can be more than just a minor inconvenience, especially if we don’t have a plunger. Remember that a severely clogged toilet can completely interrupt your home’s operation.

While clearing a clog is often as simple as plugging the drain, you may need to run an auger through the plumbing.

What’s more, some clogs may be far down the pipe or very difficult to remove, in which case you’ll need the services of a Plumber Etobicoke Pro. Fortunately, these tips can help you clear a clog in your toilet.

Plunger

While this tool may seem simple, it remains the best tool for unclogging toilets. We recommend that all households have this tool, preferably one with a flange, as they do their best to unblock toilets.

When using this tool, you need to place the plunger in the bowl of the toilet bowl and gently press down on it. Take care not to press with force, or you could splash yourself with dirty water. The first push is necessary to remove the air.

Once you get a good seal, pump the plunger down and up with force, maintaining the seal. Finally, pull the tool up sharply, breaking the air seal. You will notice water rushing down the drain. If this does not clear the clog, repeat until the clog is loosened.

Vinegar and baking soda

If your toilet won’t flush and you don’t have a plunger, you can resort to non-toxic household remedies: vinegar and baking soda. You probably know that vinegar and baking soda are great for cleaning numerous surfaces, are great deodorizers, and help keep drains running smoothly.

However, these household cleaners also help when you need to fix a clogged toilet bowl if you don’t have a plunger. We recommend that you add a cup of baking soda to the clogged toilet bowl and wait a few minutes. Then slowly pour two cups of vinegar into the toilet bowl.

Vinegar and baking soda usually react to form bubbles, so pour the water carefully and slowly to avoid overflowing or splashing the toilet bowl. Let the baking soda and vinegar mixture sit for a couple of minutes.

Flush the water down the toilet bowl to ensure the clog is clear. The clog will clear when the toilet bowl makes a quick suction sound and then drains naturally after that. You may have to repeat the procedure until the clog disappears.

Hot water and dish soap

Heat a gallon of hot water on the stove and, while the water is heating, pour dish soap into the toilet bowl. When the water is very hot but not boiling, carefully pour it down the toilet bowl. Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the soap and hot water to soften the clog.

Once you do this, the toilet bowl will clear and flush freely. Alternatively, you can use hot water and shampoo from the sink to clean the toilet without leaving the bathroom.

Snake

For about $25, you can purchase a toilet bowl snake. You will only need to purchase it once to avoid using chemicals. You can wrap the string around a handy device and then wind it around yourself until you clear the clog. Although it can be a little messy, it’s better than using your hands. This method is especially useful when the clog is deeper than the bowl.

Try again and contact a certified plumber if this method doesn’t work. Do not use a clothes rack as a substitute, as it can severely scratch the porcelain surface of the toilet bowl.

Household Bleach

Similar to soap, household bleach helps break down waste. The procedure is similar to the one involving dishwashing soap. Simply substitute solid or liquid dishwashing soap for 2-3 cups of bleach. After one to two minutes, pour in one cup of powdered soap. Wait 10 to 15 minutes and flush the toilet. You will find that this approach is more effective for a severely clogged toilet bowl.

Contact a plumber

While this approach is simple, it is probably the easiest and most reliable way to clear a clogged toilet. The best part about hiring a plumber from Plumber Etobicoke Pro is that we have everything you need to clear even the worst clogs. What’s more, we’re more affordable than you think, and we’ll finish the job in a short time.

Most of us have dealt with blocked toilets at one time or another, and while it’s easy to assume that a plunger can handle the problem, you may not have one. That’s why it’s important to use other ways to clear a clogged toilet. If you don’t know where to start, use these tips.