So you have a clogged toilet? If so, it’s time to learn how to unclog a toilet.
It may seem like an easy job but there are some steps that need to be followed in order for the process of clearing the pipes and getting your toilet back up and running smoothly. The first step is identifying what type of clog you’re dealing with by using the plunger or snake tool. There are two main types of blockages: solids, which can be cleared out with a plunger; and liquids, which require the use of a snake tool. After determining what kind of clog you have, proceed accordingly by following these next steps-
1) Clear any visible debris from the drain hole at the bottom of the toilet tank. You can do this by using a bent coat hanger or a special tool called an auger.
2) Fill the toilet bowl with enough water to cover the plunger up. This will help create a good seal and allow you to generate more plunging power, which is what you need if you want to clear out and unclog any stubborn clogs.
3) Plunge several times in an attempt to dislodge the obstruction from the drain pipes below. It may take some back and forth motion as well as some strong plunges, but eventually all of that work will pay off as you see your toilet draining again like it’s brand new!
4) If there still seems like there’s a problem, you can use a snake tool to probe the toilet pipes and try dislodging the clog from within.
5) After all of that work, it might be best to let your plumbing professional take care of whatever went wrong because if there is still some kind of blockage present after the first two steps- it could cause other problems down the road so it’s probably best to nip it in the bud now before those other problems appear again later.
How to Unclog a Toilet With Salt
You may be thinking, “What can I use to unclog a toilet without putting my fingers into the nasty mess?” The answer is salt. Keep reading to learn how you can clear your pipes with one of the most ordinary objects in the kitchen cabinet.
Salt has many different uses, but its benefits for unclogging a toilet are well-known. For this job, it’s important to use rock salt or sea salt, not table salt that’s been processed with iodine or anti-caking agents that could do more harm than good.
For clogs that are easy to access under the bowl, dissolve 1/2 cup of uncooked salt in 2 gallons of hot water and pour by slowly pouring this mixture down the toilet’s drain. You can also pour it directly onto the clog itself to help break up the debris.
For larger clogs, fill a gallon-sized freezer bag with 2 cups of rock salt and knot it closed. Use a rolling pin to flatten the bag against the side of your toilet, so that you aren’t putting your hands near any potential messes. Flush immediately for best results.
If these methods don’t work, try using a plunger or plumber snake after letting them sit for 10 minutes in water with 1/2 cup of salt added to it. Don’t use too much salt or you may end up with a bigger problem than just having a clogged toilet!
How to Unclog a Toilet by Using Chemicals
Chemical unblocking products should be your last resort for unclogging a toilet. They can cause damage to your septic system and they often contain harsh chemicals that may leave an unpleasant odor behind after use.
The good news is that there are some chemical products that work well, like the enzyme-producing bacteria Bio-Clean. Simply follow the instructions on the label and pour it into your toilet bowl before you go to bed at night; come back in the morning and flush clean! You can also try using Drano Liquid Plumr or other plumbing snake products, but make sure you read all of the directions carefully before continuing with this process.
How to Unclog a Toilet with Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you want to try an easy-to-find unclogging method, baking soda and vinegar can help break up clogs so that normal water flows again. It’s best to try this method if you have access to clean water so you can flush away the solution after it has done its work. This process isn’t the best one for very large or difficult clogs. Here’s what you’ll need to complete this task:
· A plunger
· ½ cup of baking soda
· 1/3 cup of distilled white vinegar
Baking Soda And Vinegar Unclog Recipe Directions: Put on your rubber gloves and safety goggles before you start this task.
· Pour a pot of boiling water into the bowl to remove any excess debris located there. Let it sit for a few minutes, then discard the water by flushing slowly.
· Use your plunger to force as much of the water out as possible from the toilet bowl, but don’t plunge it fully closed since you want to leave some room for mixing and adding things later on.
· Combine the baking soda and vinegar in a 1:3 ratio inside of a 4-ounce or larger bottle with a cap on it if possible. Make sure to use an empty store-bought container rather than a used condiment one to avoid contaminating the chemicals.
· Pour the baking soda and vinegar mixture into the bottle slowly, close it again, then shake everything to mix well before you start pouring it in. Once it’s mixed, simply pour this concoction down over the clog, letting it work its magic for at least 5 minutes before you flush everything down!
How to Unclog a Toilet Naturally
If you are concerned about using chemicals or would just rather avoid them entirely, there are some natural solutions that may help. pomegranate peels have been used for centuries to clean out pipes by adding more water pressure at the source of the problem. The best way to try this method is if you aren’t able to access any chemical products.
Pomegranate Unclog Recipe Directions: Simply cut the peels into smaller pieces, put them into a pot of water, and bring it to a boil. Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature, then pour it in at the clogged toilet in much the same way you would use your baking soda and vinegar method above!