Don’t let a clogged toilet ruin your day – or flood your bathroom. With a plunger and a little practice, you can get most clogs unclogged in minutes. This blog post will show you how to fix a clogged toilet with or without a plunger.
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How to Fix a Clogged Toilet with a Plunger
If you have a plunger handy, here’s how to use it to unclog your toilet:
- First, make sure there’s enough water in the toilet bowl to cover the plunger. If not, add some so that the plunger can create a seal.
- Next, place the plunger in the toilet bowl and push it down gently. The first push is to eliminate the air. Take care not to push forcefully to avoid splashes.
- Once you have a good seal, pump the plunger up and down forcefully while sustaining the seal.
- Finally, pull the plunger up sharply while breaking the air seal. This should suction the clog and allow water to flow through again if done correctly.
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How to Fix a Clogged Toilet Without a Plunger
Even if you don’t have a plunger, you still have several options for unclogging your toilet. Here’s how to fix a clogged toilet without a plunger:
Hot Water and Dish Soap
Add several drops of dish soap into the toilet bowl, then pour in a pot of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes to give the hot water time to break up the clog.
After 15 minutes, flush the toilet and see if the water goes down. If not, you may need to repeat the process.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Another option is to mix ½ cup baking soda with ½ cup vinegar. Pour this mixture into the toilet bowl and let it sit for 15-30 minutes before flushing.
If the above methods don’t work, you may need to use a toilet snake. A toilet snake is a long, flexible rod that you insert into the toilet to physically break up and remove the clog, and they usually cost less than $20.
To use a toilet snake:
Insert the toilet snake into the bowl and push it down until you feel resistance. This is likely where the clog is located.
Once you’ve found the clog, turn the toilet snake handle to break up the clog, then pull the snake out of the toilet.
Flush the toilet to see if the water goes down. If not, repeat the process until the clog is gone.
Call For Backup
If you’ve tried all of the above methods and you’re still dealing with a clogged toilet, it may be time to call in a professional plumber. They have specialized tools and equipment that can quickly clear even the toughest of clogs.
Prevent Clogged Toilets in the Future
The best way to deal with a clogged toilet is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Make sure you only flush toilets-approved items such as toilet paper, human waste, and water. Avoid flushing things like diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and wet wipes – even if they’re advertised as “flushable.” These items don’t break down as quickly as toilet paper and can cause clogs.
Additionally, have all plumbing in your home inspected and serviced regularly by a professional plumber to catch any potential problems before they become serious.
Contact a Professional Plumber
At Shepherd’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, we employ talented and highly trained technicians who can fix the problem quickly and easily. Schedule high-quality plumber repair services today by calling (650) 422-2466, or contact us online.