When your toilet experiences a clog, the first thing you probably do is break out the plunger to unblock it. However, sometimes the plunger just won’t cut it if the clog is particularly tough. So, what else can you do to unblock a badly clogged toilet? One thing you shouldn’t do is continue to flush. If you’ve flushed once, and it won’t drain, then flushing is only going to keep filling the bowl with more water, which only makes the problem worse.
What follows are some DIY tips that may help you unblock the toilet without needing to call a professional. However, if you try a few or even all of these and your toilet still won’t unclog, don’t hesitate to give our team at Plumbing by Jake a call at (928) 377-5910 for help.
Dish soap serves as a kind of lubricant to loosen the clog and dislodge the debris. Simply pour a half of a cup into the toilet or, if you don’t have enough dish soap to spare, you can also cut up a bar of soap and drop the chunks into the toilet.
Try a Different Plunger
Depending on how dire your current situation is, you may want to pop out real quick and pick up a different kind of plunger. Sometimes, the $5 plunger you can buy at the supermarket just isn’t strong enough for those extra-tough clogs.
Instead, grab yourself one of those ball-shaped plungers, or one of those like the plumbers use that has the flange on the bottom that pulls out of the plunger to form a seal around the toilet’s drain. You should also run hot water over the plunger before you use it, as this loosens up the rubber of the plunger and encourages it to form a better seal. Then, plunge away!
Try a Coat Hanger
If you don’t have a plunger on hand, or if you only have one of the cheap ones, then something else you can try in a fix is a wire coat hanger. Unwind the hanger so that it becomes one very long, thin wire. Bend one end into a curve, then push the wire up into the toilet drain and wiggle it gently, so as not to scratch the toilet. This may help dislodge the blockage.
Try Dissolving the Clog
Something else you can do is try to dissolve the clog, either with hot water or drain cleaner. Just make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands.
If this does not work and you need to call a professional, remember to tell the plumber if you’ve used drain cleaner. If you fail to tell the plumber this, he may suffer a caustic skin burn from the backsplash of the drain cleaner when he attempts to work on the pipe.
Try a Plastic Bottle
You can also try using a plastic bottle to unclog your toilet. Note that this can be incredibly gross, but it is also highly effective, which is why we suggest you try it. First, cut the bottom off of a large plastic bottle.
Then, make sure you have your rubber gloves and old clothes on and line the floor with newspaper to catch the filthy overflow. First, bail out some of the water with a small container (preferably one you won’t use again!).
Once you’ve removed enough water that you could effectively reach your hand into the bowl without causing an overflow, grab the bottle. You can leave the lid on the bottle, slide your thumb over the top, or cover it with plastic wrap and a rubber band to create a seal.
Now, push the bottle, open-end down, into the toilet and forcefully plunge it up and down. Make sure the bottle remains entirely underwater. The vacuum you create should pull the clog out and back into the main drain.
Try Vinegar and Baking Soda
A solution of vinegar and baking soda may also break up the clog, but this is often more effective at removing what may remain of a clog once you’ve removed the main offender. Simply pour a mug of baking soda, followed by two mugs of vinegar, into the toilet. Let it bubble for 30 minutes or so, then flush.
Toilet Still Won’t Unclog? Give Plumbing By Jake a Call!
Sometimes a clog is just so large or so deep that nothing you do can remove it. That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals.
At Plumbing by Jake, our licensed plumbers are available 24/7 to help you with any emergency you may run into. No problem is too small for Plumbing by Jake, and we are proud to offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our parts and repairs.
Give us a call at (928) 377-5910, and we can be at your home in no time. Don’t let a clogged toilet get you down – call Plumbing by Jake today!