Help! The Plunger’s Not Working… How Can I Unclog My Toilet?

  • Prodigy Plumbing
February 21, 2022

Few experiences are more stressful than figuring out what to do with a clogged toilet. If you happen to be in the unfortunate situation of unclogging your toilet and the plunger’s not doing the trick, here are some tips and tricks to keep it flushing freely without making a mess.

Collect Common Ingredients To Help

You’ll likely have at least one of these common household ingredients that can help you unclog your toilet in, hopefully, no time. It will require a little preparation but can save you a lot of headache and clean-up if you get it right.

Dish Soap

Measure out a ½ cup of dish soap and let it sit in the bowl for 30 minutes before attempting to flush again. The dish soap helps lubricate both the drain and the pipes so that any blockage can ease through and flush normally. Many dish soaps will also help break down the blockage with grease-cutting compounds.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

If the dish soap doesn't work and you’re still wondering, ‘how can I unclog my toilet,’ the next step is to try a baking soda and vinegar mixture. First, be sure the water level is halfway full. Then, add one cup of baking soda to the water, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Let it fizzle for a few minutes, and then flush.

Hot, Never Boiling, Water

Never use boiling water. It could crack the toilet bowl. Instead, empty the water from the toilet bowl and add a gallon of hot water. The hot water should help dissolve and dislodge debris in the toilet and allow regular flushing.

Head to the Closet for Inspiration and Materials

All of the best ideas don’t just happen in the kitchen. For example, if you frequent the dry cleaners, chances are, you’ll have some wire hangers around the house somewhere.

Untwist the wire hanger and straighten it flat. Use the wire hanger as a makeshift drain snake. Take the straightened hanger and poke through any materials to the opening of the drain. Some light jostling and moving around could help dislodge the clog.

Grab a Few Empty Plastic Water Bottles

First, empty most of the water from your bowl into a bucket. Afterward, head to the recycling bin and grab a few empty water bottles. Next, fill up three or four water bottles with hot water (again, do NOT use boiling water).

Use the water bottles one at a time to forcefully squeeze water down into the bowl, close to the drain, directly at the debris to dislodge it. Be careful, and dress accordingly; there might be some backsplash from this procedure.

Still need help? Let the professionals address your clog quickly and carefully if the problem persists. Contact Prodigy Plumbers if you need service.

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