Ways to Unclog a Toilet

We’ve all been there—you flush the toilet, and instead of everything whirling down the drain as it ought to, the water level starts rising dangerously. A clogged toilet can be a real problem, especially if you are unsure how to unclog it. Thankfully, unclogging a toilet is a skill everyone can learn. This guide from the plumbing specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will walk you through a few reliable methods to unclog a toilet that won’t flush, helping you feel prepared the next time you face this common household challenge.

The Reliable Plunger Method

The most tried and true method for unclogging a toilet is with a plunger. But don’t just reach for the first plunger you see in the aisle at the store. It’s important to use a flange plunger that is specially designed for toilet bowls. The rubber flange on the cup forms a better seal to build up the pressure necessary to free the clog. Here’s how to use a plunger correctly:

    1. Make sure there’s some water in the bowl. If there’s no water in the bowl, add water from the sink using a cup.
    1. Position the plunger at an angle to ensure the flange goes into the hole at the bottom of the bowl.
    1. Push the plunger up and down several times, being careful not to disrupt the seal.
    1. After several plunges, wait a few seconds and watch to see if the water level is receding. If not, continue plunging. But if so, remove the plunger and flush to see if the clog is gone.

No Plunger? No Problem!

While all homes should have at least one plunger, you may not be able to find one when you need it. Here are some alternative ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger.

Unclogging with Hot Water and Soap

Hot water and soap is a surprisingly great alternative to a toilet plunger. This approach works better for softer clogs that need a light push. Here’s how it works:

    1. Remove some water from the toilet bowl if it’s extremely full. Scoop the plumbing water out of the bowl with an old cup and discard it in your tub or shower drain.
    1. Pour a substantial volume of dish soap or liquid detergent into the bowl. The soap helps lubricate the clog, making it easier for it to slide through the pipes.
    1. Cautiously pour a bucket of hot (not boiling) water from waist height in the bowl. The force of the water combined with the slippery soap should displace the clog.
    1. Let the soap and hot water sit for about 20 minutes, giving it time to work its magic.
    1. Try flushing. If the water clears, you’ve properly unclogged your toilet!

Unclog Your Toilet with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar is a dynamic concoction. Here’s how to use this eco-friendly tool for unclogging toilets:

    1. 1Remove extra water from the bowl to protect against an overflow.
    1. Pour about a cup of baking soda right into the toilet bowl, then pour in two cups of white vinegar. The blend of baking soda and vinegar produces a fizzing action that breaks down the clog. Pour the vinegar slowly to reduce the chance of overflow from the fizzing reaction.
    1. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for at least 20 minutes.
    1. After waiting, give the toilet a flush. If the water flows smoothly, your problem is gone. If not, try one of the other methods or call a plumber for help.

How to Unclog Your Toilet with a Coat Hanger

This strategy is especially effective for clogs caused by foreign objects or dense materials. It involves making a homemade drain auger from an old coat hanger. Follow these steps:

    1. Unwind a wire coat hanger until it’s relatively straight.
    1. Wrap a small cloth around the end of the hanger and secure it with duct tape to shield your toilet bowl from scratches.
    1. Put the wrapped end into the toilet and carefully push it down the drain hole.
    1. Maneuver the hanger in many directions to dislodge the clog. Remember to be gentle to avoid harming the porcelain or plumbing.
    1. After a few minutes of careful prodding and poking, take out the hanger and try flushing the toilet. If the water drains normally, you’re all set. If the problem persists, it may be time to call in the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

Trust Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Plumbing Needs in the U.S.

While the strategies detailed above work good for simple clogs, some situations call for professional support. If you’ve tried plunging or other methods without success, contact the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help. We realize how inconvenient a clogged toilet and other plumbing problems can be in a home or business. That’s why our highly trained plumbers provide fast, durable solutions. Leave the dirty work to us, and we’ll ensure your 100% satisfaction. To schedule our expert plumbing services in the U.S. and neighboring towns, call 866-397-3787 today!

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