Clearing a clogged toilet is not a fun job, but we can make it easier for you with our guide to clearing your clogged toilet.
It happens. Your toilet stops flushing, and you realize you have a clog.
Prepare for unclogging a toilet by placing paper towel or newspaper around the toilet. This will help you avoid floor damage if your toilet overflows, or water splashes out during the clearing process. Also make sure to wear rubber gloves. Even the cleanest toilets are unsanitary, and you’ll want to protect yourself from germs. If you can see the cause of the clog, you can utilize the rubber gloves to grab the clog culprit.
You’ll want to only flush the toilet once. If you do it again after the initial flush, the bowl can overflow.
Using a plunger
The most common way to unclog a toilet is using a plunger. If you really want to unclog your toilet, make sure you have a plunger with a foldout rubber flange on the bottom. This flange forms a seal when you begin plunging. When you use a plunger, press it down firmly, but plunge slowly. Make sure the plunger is submerged in water; using only air with a plunger will render it ineffective.
You want to create suction, which will push and pull the clog. If you plunge too aggressively, it can actually make the clog worse.
Home remedies for unclogging a toilet
If you don’t want to use the plunger method, there are other options for unclogging a toilet. You can use a wire hanger. Untwist the wire hanger until the ends are no longer together. Firmly wrap a rag around the end going into the toilet to avoid scratching the porcelain. Once you have the wrapped end in the drain, twist it to break up the clog. This method will only work if the clog is within the first few inches of the drain.
Another method is using baking soda and vinegar. Use equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Once the baking soda is in the bowl, slowly pour the vinegar into the bowl. After the vinegar has been poured into the toilet, you will have to let it sit for a couple minutes. Once the mixture has sat in the toilet, slowly add a gallon of hot tap water. If the clog is still not removed after doing this once, repeat the method to continue dissolving the clog. Of course, if you have a clog caused by a toy or hair, this method won’t be very useful.
If you can’t resolve the clogged toilet with a plunger or home remedy, it’s probably time to call a plumber. The clog could be deep in the drain, which will require professional assistance.