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4 Different Methods of Unclogging a Toilet

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4 Different Methods of Unclogging a Toilet


Who does not hate a clogged toilet? No one right? It’s not a pretty sight at all. We all wish, we never have to be caught up in that situation. It’s hassle and disgusting at the same time. But even though this may be the most pesky and most disgusting among all plumbing problems, this can be easily solved in four different methods. Yes, you can solve this problem in four different ways which are all equally effective and hassle-free. If the first method you used didn’t work then there are still other methods you can try. As a homeowner, it is important for you to know and get familiar with all of them.

So what are these methods?

1. Plunge a toilet

This is the most common among all methods. Whenever we encounter a clogged toilet, we immediately look for a plunger. Plunging a toilet is an easy task, you just have to make sure you have a usable plunger lying around your house at all times so you can easily use it in case of emergency. Basically, there are two types of plungers, a cup plunger and a flange plunger. When unblocking a toilet, it is best to use the flange plunger. It has an extended rubber lip which provides better seal for toilets.

When plunging a toilet, keep in mind that there has to be adequate amount of water inside the toilet bowl. A plunger needs water to create a tight seal around the toilet and it uses water pressure to push out blockages. You could add some petroleum jelly to the rim of the plunger’s cup to improve the seal. Push and pull the plunger rapidly until the water pressure forces the obstructions out.

2. Auger a toilet

A closet auger is made specifically for toilets. It is designed to clear any blockages in the drain pipe under or behind the toilet. The auger can help you push the blockage and pull it up and out of the toilet. In using an auger to unclog your toilet, you must insert the end of the auger into the toilet trap and then push the auger in until you feel resistance. Once the auger approaches the clog, hook it with the end of the auger cable or you can push the handle further as you crank it to break up the clog.

3. Unclog a toilet using baking soda and vinegar

You might think this two household products can only do wonders in the kitchen but they are actually used in unclogging toilets, as well. Commonly, a ¾ cup of baking soda coupled with the same amount of vinegar is used in this method.

You have to pour the baking soda into the toilet bowl first followed by the vinegar. Wait for a couple of minutes for the two to work together. After which, pour a kettle of hot water. Make sure that it’s not boiling water. Repeat the procedure until the clog is released.

4. Unclog a toilet using hot water and shampoo or dishwashing liquid

This method is simply easy. It would take less than 20 minutes for you to finish the task. A shampoo or a dishwashing liquid helps in lubricating the passage causing the obstruction to easily slip its way out of the toilet and hot water helps in pushing the obstruction out as well.

In this method, the first thing you should do is heat a gallon of water on a pot but do not let it reach the boiling point. While waiting for the water to heat, squirt a generous amount of shampoo or dishwashing liquid into the bowl. Wait for 10 minutes before pouring in the heated water. Repeat the process as necessary to remove remaining blockages.

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