No one wants to deal with a clogged toilet; unfortunately, most people have to. Hiring a plumber can be very expensive, and in some cases unnecessary. There are ways to unclog a toilet, without calling a plumber or spending a lot of money. DIY projects often work best and cost less. These easy to use methods can be used over and over again. Listed below are some of the most economical ways to unclog a toilet, for less than a cup of coffee. Homeowners should try these techniques first before taking up their toilet or hiring a professional plumbing company.
Old Fashion Plumbing
Old fashion elbow grease works best in some instances. Plumbing and plunging is a bit messy, but it can be effective. Depending on what went down the toilet, plunging might be the best choice. Plunge first and then flush. This usually helps the item to come to the surface, or go down the drain line.
Sometimes an item is lodged inside the toilet bowl. Surprisingly enough, a few taps on the back of the toilet bowl can loosen the object. This may work for a minor clog. The tap, tap technique gently forces the object to disengage itself.
Whoa! Hot Water
If the toilet is clogged due to grease, dirt, grime or some other substance, pouring hot water down the toilet may be the answer. Hot water breaks down the waste and allows it to pass through the water lines. If the water is too hot, it might cause a crack in the porcelain.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Pouring one cup of vinegar and one cup of baking soda down the toilet can be very effective. These natural ingredients can break matter down, and eliminate blockage. The solution works best if there is not too much water in the toilet bowl. Too much water can dilute the solution and cause it to be ineffective.
Try using the Rubber Gloves
No one likes to put their hands inside a toilet, but this may be the only way to get to the root of the problem. If an object is lodged inside the toilet, and it’s partly visible, pull it out. Sometimes an object is setting at the bottom of toilet bowl, and grabbing it and pulling it out, only takes a few seconds. If the object is not visible, try feeling around for it.
Soap is not only good for cleaning; it works great on clogged toilets. Try pouring some liquid soap in the toilet bowl and let it set there for a while. The soap can dissolve the matter, without harming the toilet. The longer the soap sets in the toilet the more effective it becomes.
Actually… this option is not recommended what so ever. While it may seem like a brilliant idea to “blow” the blockage out of the water, this has the potential to cause untold amounts of damage to your toilet or bathroom. Nobody wants to deal with a toilet explosion.