5 Helpful Tips for Unclogging a Toilet Like a Plumber

It’s painfully embarrassing when you find that you’ve clogged yours or somebody else’s toilet. If it gets to the point that the toilet overflows, then you’re in real trouble. There are a number of quick fixes that are going to make your life a whole lot easier that don’t involve calling a plumber. Here are five helpful tips to fix a toilet like a pro once it’s been clogged.

  1. The plunger. This is obviously the first go-to method. The plunger was especially designed to unclog drains and toilets and it really is one of the most reliable methods to this day. Be sure that you get yourself a toilet plunger rather than a basic drain plunger as they have different attributes and features that will specifically help you to unclog your toilet. Any plumber, from a company like Apple Valley Plumbing Company, will have different shaped plungers. If you don’t have a plunger though, there are a few other DIY methods that might help.
  2. The wire coat hanger. In the case that you don’t have a toilet plunger, then you’re going to want to find some household items that will do the trick instead. A wire coat hanger is a good way to break down the content of your clogged toilet, so head over to your closet and grab the nearest wire coat hanger you can find. Unwind it carefully and proceed to wrap an old rag around one end. Make sure you’re wearing rubber gloves. Bend the shape of the coat hanger almost into an “S” shape in order for it to curl around the curves of the drain pipe. Once the coat hanger is deep enough, you’ll be able to feel the obstruction. Then, make circular movements to dislodge the matter.
  3. Washing detergent and hot water. This one works like a charm. Squirt a few drops of washing detergent into the toilet bowl and follow it up with a pan of very hot (but not boiling) water. Let it sit for a few minutes so that the detergent can do its thing and break down the obstruction – then simply flush the toilet and pray that there’s no overflow.
  4. Baking soda & vinegar. Both baking soda and vinegar are great agents for breaking things down. Pour one full cup of baking soda into the clogged toilet bowl and then follow it up with one full cup of white table vinegar. Wait a few minutes and then pour a kettle full of hot water down afterwards and flush.
  5. Toilet bomb method. A toilet bomb isn’t quite as destructive as it sounds but it is very effective. Mix together 2 cups of baking soda with a quarter cup of Epsom salt – then slowly add 8 tablespoons of washing detergent. Press this mixture into muffin tins lined with silicone muffin liners and let them sit over night. The next day you can remove one of these toilet bombs from the wrapper and place in the toilet bowl. Let it sit for a while and then flush after an hour or two.

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