If your toilet becomes clogged, you don’t have to call a plumber. Instead, you can unclog it yourself; it’s not that difficult at all, maybe just a little unpleasant. Just follow the next steps and learn how to unclog a toilet yourself before you call for professional help.
Remember to use gloves when you attempt to unclog a toilet, especially if you are using any chemicals. In any case, gloves will help you avoid contact with the bacteria. Also, protect the floor with newspapers or paper towels; it will be easier to clean up in case of splashes and spills. In addition, turn off the water supply to the toilet before you start any work.
Determine the cause of the blockage. Maybe it’s just something stuck in the drain, like a toy or toilet paper. In this case all you need is a plunger; you only need to make sure you have the one for use in the toilet. There is a variety of plungers to choose from, but I would recommend a funnel or fluted plunger. It’s best to keep it right next to the toilet, just in case you need it.
All you have to do is place the plunger into the toilet until the plunger base is pressed firmly around the drain in the toilet. Pump it up and down hard 5-10 times, without losing suction of the toilet bowl. If you manage to remove the clog you will see it come out.
If you can’t unclog a toilet with a plunger, try a toilet auger or a snake. You should simply put it in the toilet, push the head of the snake down the drain as far as you can and wiggle it around so it snakes down the pipes and hopefully breaks up or catches whatever is causing the blockage.
Just be careful not to scratch the surface of the toilet and not to push the clog further down into the pipes, as this can cause you serious problems. To pull out the snake, just lift the handle up as far as you can. If it gets stuck, turn it while you are pulling it out.
There are also many chemical products you can use to unclog your toilet, but they may harm the pipes. They are quite toxic for the environment, so you should be very careful that it doesn’t get into contact with your eyes or skin. They work by eating away at tissue paper and debris. Always try the mechanical method first before working with these toxic substances.
Homemade remedies have shown to work quite well for unclogging a toilet. Put a quarter of a cup of the dish washing liquid into the bowl to sit for 15 to 30 minutes, until you heat 2-3 quarts of water. Don’t let it boil, otherwise you might damage the toilet. Then pour the hot water into the bowl, and if needed, use a plunger. This helps in most cases, since the dish soap works as a lubricant helping the clog to detach from the pipe.
You can also try to slowly pour half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda into the bowl and wait for the bubbles to disappear before you add a gallon of hot tap water into the bowl and then flush it. If needed, repeat one more time.
In the future, if you don’t want to have the same problem again, tell your family members not to throw too much toilet paper, tampons, toys, cotton swabs, and baby wipes into the toilet.
Hopefully with these tips, you will be able to unclog a toilet without a lot of trouble! If all this fails, and you have a stubborn toilet, or you notice water backing up into the sink when you flush the water, then you will need to contact a plumber.