5 Ways to Unclog the Toilet

5 Ways to Unclog the Toilet

A clogged toilet is never a good thing. When the water doesn’t drain, you’re in a messy, embarrassing situation that can completely destabilize your household. Fortunately, most toilet clogs are simple to remove. All you need are the right tools and techniques. The following five tips will help you unclog the toilet in no time at all.

Hot Water And Dish Soap

Dish Soap

Dish soap and hot water can lubricate and dissolve clogs caused by excessive toilet paper use. This trick is also helpful if you don’t have any toilet-unclogging tools on hand.

Pour about a half-cup of liquid dish soap into the toilet & let it sit for 20 or 30 minutes to absorb through the water. Fill a gallon-sized container or an old pitcher with hot water. Pour it into the toilet bowl, but be careful not to splash yourself—or anyone else—with the hot water. If everything goes well, your toilet should begin draining again!

Plunging

Plunging

The first thing you probably do if your toilet is clogged is reached for your plunger. To begin, ensure that your plunger has a flange. The flange on a plunger is the fold-out rubber ring that forms a tight seal over your toilet. Suction cup plungers are ideal for sinks and showers. Before using the plunger, briefly immerse it in hot water. This will soften the rubber and assist the plunger in forming a seal.

Enzyme Waste Removal Agent

Enzyme Waste Removal Agent

Enzyme waste removal solutions are used in septic systems to break down waste. These can also be used to clear a clogged toilet. Follow the instructions on the package when using the waste removal product. Pour the liquid into the toilet bowl and let the enzymes break down the clog overnight.

Vacuum Cleaner (Wet/Dry)

A wet/dry vacuum can often be used to unclog a toilet. Do not, however, attempt this method with a standard household vacuum. It is not designed to withstand water.

Empty the water from the bowl with the wet vac, so it does not overflow or splash out. Wrap an old towel or rag around the vacuum hose and use it as a plunger against the toilet drain. Apply pressure to the vacuum hose to achieve the tightest seal possible. Start the vacuum and wait for the toilet to unclog. If unsure, turn off the vacuum and wait for the toilet to drain.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar and Baking Soda

A baking soda and vinegar mixture, similar to the dish soap and hot water method of clearing a toilet clog, can restore functionality. Baking soda and vinegar react fizzily and foamy. Unlike corrosive drain cleaners, baking soda and vinegar are safe and will not harm your plumbing. 

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this post will save you from the existential dread that a toilet clog can cause. However, if you continue to have toilet problems, please give Gray Plumbing a call! Our experienced plumbers are ready to help you with any plumbing issues, large or small. We’re here to make your life easier!

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