6 DIY Methods To Unclog A Toilet
Urgently need to unclog a toilet? Then these easy DIY fixes using everyday items around your own home will come in handy. Read on to learn how to unclog a toilet fast.
Let’s agree- we’ve all been in the same situation at some point when the toilet is clogged, and a plunger just isn’t helping. No one wants to clean up an overflowing toilet!
A badly clogged toilet can spell disaster if the toilet overflow is a mess that no one wants to go near, let alone clean up. But before you call in your trusted plumber, you can try a few methods to get it unclogged.
Of course, a clogged toilet can strike at any time, so these methods only use things you can find around the house immediately. Keep these tips and tricks at the back of your mind to remain prepared the next time you run into a clogged toilet.
With all said and done, let’s start by looking at six ways to remove stubborn clogs in a toilet without a flange plunger!
Although it may not seem like it, dish soap is incredibly handy at breaking down more than just food. This slippery substance can clear and lubricate the pipes, allowing the clog to pass through more easily.
To unclog a toilet with dish soap, squeeze about 1/4th of a cup into the toilet bowl and allow it to soak in. After around five to ten minutes, the soap should slowly move towards the clogged pipe.
Next, carefully pour in some warm water to break down the clogged material, let it sit for a few more minutes and press the flush. The combination of hot water trick and soap will move things smoothly in no time, but you may need to flush more than once, depending on the intensity of the clog.
Clogs usually happen when there is too much material in the pipes. A popular and quick fix is to pour hot water into the toilet bowl and allow the heat to break down this material.
Fill a bucket or container with hot water, but remember that the water shouldn’t be boiling water. You need the water to be hot enough to break down whatever is causing the clog. Pour it into the toilet bowl, allow it to sit for some time, and see if the water level goes down.
The clog is removed when the water begins draining to the average level. Flush the toilet several times to ensure the pipes are completely free of any material and you have successfully unclogged the toilet!
Who would have thought that an all-natural solution sixth-grade science project would also be able to unclog a toilet drain in a pinch? Instead of creating a volcano, this vinegar and baking soda mixture will work together to loosen up the clog in almost no time. We suggest wearing rubber gloves for this.
As this method creates a pretty chemical reaction, using it in a toilet bowl that is not too full is recommended. If it is close to overflowing, try to remove some of the clogs manually (gross, we know), or you may have some overflow.
Mix one cup of baking soda and vinegar, each near the source of the toilet clog and allow the reaction to take place. The bubbles created by the response will break down the clog. Give the baking soda mixture about 30 minutes to do its job, then follow it up with very hot water.
Drano is a popular choice to use when it comes to breaking toilet clogs. This potent soap mixture clears hair and any other material that could block the drains. However, having access to some Drano is not always possible, so we will make our version of it.
First, mix two cups of baking soda, eight to ten tablespoons of dish detergent (one tablespoon at a time), and 1/4th of a cup of Epsom salt. Once all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, pour them into a moulding tray to harden overnight.
To use the DIY Drano bomb, drop one into the toilet bowl with four cups of water. Let it sit and break down the clogged drain to begin unclogging. After half an hour, the soap bomb should have broken down enough to remove the clog.
Drain snakes (or a toilet auger)are a more handy tool for unclogging toilets than a standard toilet plunger. However, these tools are very specific and are used almost exclusively by plumbers. You can make your drain snake at home using a wire coat hanger for a quick fix.
Turning a wire hanger into a drain snake is an incredibly straightforward process. Unwind the hanger until it is straight, leaving the hook intact on one end. Using a small rag, tie off the hook to protect the pipes and bowl from scratches, and your toilet snake is ready.
Unclogging a blocked toilet with a drain snake is pretty quick and straightforward. Of course, the first step should be to wear a good pair of safety gloves. Then, work the drain snake down the pipe until you reach the clogged area. Work the plumbing snake around until the toilet water drains, then give it a few flushes to wash away the loosened material thoroughly.
Another method that involves some physical work is using a simple toilet brush to unclog the pipes. This method takes no time or prep; angle the bristles along the pipe’s edges and work your way into the bowl.
Once you find the source of the clog, move the brush back and forth to break up the material until the water begins draining. Although this method alone is not always enough to completely clear up the blockage, it can still help loosen up at least a part of the clog. And as long as the water moves through the pipes, you can flush the material down the drain until the clog clears.
When everything else fails, the final method you can try is to break out the heavy-duty guns, a.k.a., the vacuum cleaner. A word of precaution: standard vacuum cleaners will break down or even cause injury if used to unclog a toilet. Wet/dry vacuum cleaners are always the way to go when any liquids are involved.
Although using a vacuum hose may seem overkill, remember that the clog has been able to withstand all your efforts so far. To prepare the bowl for vacuuming, drain it so the vacuum will suck just the blocked material.
Next, take the vacuum’s hose, wrap it with a rag or towel, and push it into the drain. This creates a tight seal that will allow the hose to pull with even more force. Turn on the vacuum, and it will begin sucking the organic material and other debris out of your water supply until the drain is unclogged.
Unclogging a toilet is well and good, but how would you prevent it from happening in the first place? These are a few common reasons for a clogged toilet in many households.
Using too much toilet papers can block the pipes, even if made from a flushable material. Although it may break down quickly, toilet papers can cause a build-up and clog further when a pre-existing blockage occurs.
Toilet fresheners placed inside the bowl or over the toilet’s rim often break down and fall into the pipe over time. Opt for a freshener in the toilet tank instead to avoid this. This way, there is no chance of getting into the toilet drains.
There are also many other ways to avoid a smelly toilet or drain without risking blockages. And we advise against using heavy chemical drain cleaners often and use a homemade drain cleaner instead.
Clogged toilets can be painful, with stubborn blockages that refuse to get unstuck. Hopefully, you will be better equipped to fix a blocked toilet next time.
Toilet plungers are not obsolete tools, but they may not be enough at times, or the specific unclogging plunger may not be available. Multiple options are so important in getting a fix when all else fails.
Remember to wear safety gloves when working with any of these methods. After all, no one wants to handle sewage water without some form of protection. If these DIY methods are still not working, it is best to call WP Plumbing in Melbourne. Sometimes, you cannot unclog a toilet without the help of a professional plumber.
With that, we will wrap up today’s guide. Until next time, take care! May your toilets never be blocked!
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