Toilets seem to get clogged at the most inconvenient times, and it can be enticing to call a plumber, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of unclogging it. Nevertheless, unclogging your toilet is not that hard- with the right tools and techniques, you can unclog your toilet efficiently. Here are some of the most effective methods that you can easily use to unclog your toilet without damaging it.
Use a plunger
The traditional way of getting rid of toilet clogs is by using a high-quality plunger. It is important to use either a ball-shaped or flanged with a fold-out cylindrical extension on the bottom since the standard cup plunger shape won’t create enough suction.
When using this tool, place the plunger in the toilet bowl, making sure that it completely covers the opening of the toilet trap, and begin plunging it slowly. Do this repeatedly until the clog loosens and then flush to check if your toilet is draining normally again.
Baking Soda & Vinegar
The combination of baking soda and vinegar is an excellent way to dissolve clogs. For toilet clogs especially, add one cup of baking soda to the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, slowly pour in two cups of vinegar. Let the mixture sit again for an hour, then flush down the toilet. If the toilet is still not draining, you may need to do this process again and let the solution sit overnight.
Snake It Out
A plumbing snake or sometimes called an “auger,” is a flexible coil that is used to break up drain clogs or pull it out. The best snake to use for your clogged toilet is “closet auger”. It is designed particularly to clear the clogs on your toilet without actually damaging or staining the bowl.
Insert the device down into the drain and slowly turn the crank until the clog is cleared. Twist it a few times, and reverse the motion as you pull it out. Do this process again if the first attempt didn’t work out.
Pour in Some Soap and Hot Water
Heat up a gallon of water into the stove, and while you are waiting for it to heat up, pour some dish soap in your toilet bowl. When the water is hot, not boiling (as it could potentially crack the porcelain), and pour it into the toilet carefully to prevent it from splashing all over your bathroom and to you.
Let it sit for a few minutes while the soap and hot water softens the clog and then give your toilet a flush. You’ll know if you successfully unclog your toilet if you see the water start draining.
Wet-Vac Your Clog Out
If you have tried plunging and snaking but still didn’t get rid of the clog, you can try using a wet/dry vacuum as the last resort.
First, empty the water out from the bowl using the vacuum. Next insert the vacuum’s hose directly to the toilet drain and wrap an old towel around it to create a seal around the drain. Finally, turn the vacuum on. Hold the hose firmly and wait till it sucks out the clog. Make sure to clean and sanitize it when the process is done.
Go to the DIY Route
If you don’t have any other option and you desperately need to get rid of the clog in your toilet, there are some tools at home that you can use to break down the obstruction. You can get a hanger from your closet and unwind it until you have one straight length of wire. Use it like how you would use a drain snake. First, wrap a cloth around the hook to prevent any scratches or damages to the porcelain. Next, stick it down into the drain until you find the clog and poke it until it broke down. Finally, when the water starts to drain, flush the toilet a few times to completely clear it out.
Try a Bio-Cleaner
Liquid drain cleaners contain harmful chemicals that not only appear to be inefficient but can also eat away your pipes over time. Instead, try using a bio-cleaner— this product breaks down waste particles into water, mineral ash, and carbon dioxide, which can be flushed out after and is a safer option since it does not burn holes in your pipes, causing a much bigger problem later on.
Need a clog taken care of ASAP? If these methods fail, or if you just want someone else to do the clog-clearing, call Caccia Plumbing for emergency plumbing service at (650) 342-5363 or contact us through our website. We’ll do the dirty work so you don’t have to!