A clogged toilet is a common occurrence among homeowners. Fortunately, there may be some ways to unclog a toilet on your own. Here are some ways you can try to fix a clogged toilet.
Some clogs can be broken up with just hot water. The key is to heat water up on the stove, and remove it just before it starts to boil. You don’t want the water to be so hot that it cracks the toilet bowl. Pour the hot water into the toilet, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. This will allow it to loosen some clogs. Flush the toilet once or twice to see if the clog is gone.
If you can see a portion of the clog, you may be able to pull it out with a wire hanger. You will need to unwind the hanger first so that it’s a long piece. Gently push the hanger into the drain until you start to feel resistance. Slowly pull the hanger out, and remove any debris that’s attached to the hanger. You can see if you’ve dislodge the clog by giving the toilet a flush.
The key to removing a clog may be found right in your kitchen. Dish soap can get rid of a lot of clogs with just a minimal amount of effort. Pour ¼ a cup of dish soap into your toilet bowl, and let sit for about 10 minutes. The soap will act as a lubricant to help dislodge the clog. Before you flush the toilet bowl, pour hot water into the toilet. Let the soap and hot water sit for 20-30 minutes. Flush the toilet to see if the clog is gone. If the clog is still there but more water is moving down the drain, you may be able to try to dislodge the rest of it by adding more soap and water and letting it sit for a longer period of time.
If you have a wet/dry vacuum on hand, you can use it to try to suck out the clog. You will first need to use the vacuum to suck out all of the water that’s in your toilet bowl. Wrap a towel around the end of the hose so that it will create more of a seal when you insert the hose into the drain. After the hose has been inserted, you need to turn the vacuum on, and give it a few minutes to try to suck out any debris that’s causing the clog.
Baking Soda And Vinegar
By combining baking soda and vinegar, you will produce a chemical reaction that can help you unclog your toilet. If the water in your toilet bowl is near the top, you do need to remove some of it before trying this method to unclog your toilet. The less water in your toilet, the better this method will work. Pour about a cup of baking soda into your toilet bowl followed by a cup of vinegar. Let the baking soda and vinegar sit in the toilet for 30 minutes, and pour hot water into the bowl before flushing it.
If your toilet has a minor clog, you may be able to remove it yourself by utilizing one of the methods mentioned above. Tougher clogs will require the assistance of professional help. Give us a call today if you are dealing with a stubborn clog that you can’t seem to remove on your own. We can fix your clogged toilet and a variety of other plumbing issues that you may be having.