How to Unclog a Toilet

How to Unclog a Toilet


If your house has a bathroom, odds are there’s a toilet bowl in it. We all know what it’s used for, and we’d rather not talk about that here. The problem arises when it doesn’t function properly. Usually what’s causing the toilet to malfunction and not flush properly is a build-up of waste that isn’t always visible at first glance. So you decide to flush the toilet, but the water won’t go away! Don’t panic, and definitely don’t keep flushing, as this can lead to water overflowing and making an utter mess of your bathroom floor. What you’re going to do next depends on how bad the clog is and how much elbow grease are you willing to put in.

The plunger is usually just the right tool for this type of problem. Prepare your bathroom floor for splashing water, put on your least fancy clothes and rubber gloves and start plunging! The idea is to make a vacuum using the plunger so as to dislodge the clogged waste so that it might resurface or simply flush away. The important thing to keep in mind is that the method won’t work if your plunger isn’t making a tight seal around the toilet drain. If this happens, simply wrap an old rag around your plunger to plug any gaps and you’re set! Opening the tank before-hand to close the flapper (a circular drain stopper connected to a chain) is also a good thing to do, as it will keep more unnecessary water from getting in the way.

When the plunger fails you, it may be time to try using an enzyme waste removal product to dissolve the waste. This type of enzyme mixture can be found at your local home-improvement store near the plumbing section. It’s a safe to use solvent that won’t damage your pipes or pollute the environment. This is the type of enzyme mixture that’s used to clean septic and canalization systems in cities, and works great as long as the clog you’re trying to remove is organic waste and you use the recommended dosage on the label. You can also fashion one of these waste-dissolvers by yourself. Mixing 1 cup baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar inside a toilet you filed with hot water before-hand should clear most blockages when left to stay over-night, and will even clean your porcelain! Just be careful about the water, if it’s boiling hot it might damage your toilet bowl leaving you with an even bigger problem. You can also try to break up the cloggage using a wire coat-hanger to help the solution dissolve it quicker.

If none of the above-mentioned methods work, it may be time to try something a little more heavy-duty. A tool called the “plumbing snake” or “auger” is basically a long flexible metal rod, specifically designed for unclogging drains while keeping your porcelain intact. Insert the snake through the drain hole in your toilet bowl and keep pushing it inside while twisting to clear any clogs and force them down the drain. When the water starts flowing, you’ll know you’ve unclogged the bowl successfully. You can hire a plumbing snake from Coates Hire at Maroochydore.

The most drastic method for unclogging your toilet is definitely using the chemical drain cleaner. Use only the ones made specifically for toilets, as others can damage the porcelain and only use them in the specified quantity. If you suspect a hard obstruction and haven’t managed to clear it with any of the less-drastic methods, call the plumber instead of using the chemical drain cleaner. The chemicals may be toxic to skin and can produce somewhat toxic vapors if left to stay in the un-flushed water, so using them is only smart when you’re sure the block is organic and not a hard object like a toy or ball of some sort.

If all else fails and you need an emergency plumber and you live on the Sunshine Coast, then call us at Todd Petrie Plumbing on 0414966973 or Message us on Facebook for an emergency!

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