I am not going to start this article writing about the importance of a toilet, but one of the worst things that can happen to you is a clogged toilet.
Generally, there are two main reasons for that can clog a toilet:
1. Flushing items which are unsuitable for a toilet.
2. Flushing items belonging to a toilet but there are in a large amount.
Unclogging a toilet can be frustrating, unpleasant and messy. Of course, a plumber would fix the problem, but are situations when the technician is too busy to come in a timely fashion or it is after working hours, which means higher costs.
Knowing how to unclog a toilet will help you save time and money.
In fact, how to act depends on the extent of the problem. Sometimes the problem is minor and may resolve itself in time. The best strategy is for you, to take the things progressively and depending on the seriousness of the situation, you apply methods that are more drastic.
1. Minor problems (Soft Clogs)
In most cases, we are dealing with minor problems such as too much toilet paper. These are so-called “soft clogs” and sometimes, it resolves itself in time.
In this case, you only need patience (0ne or two hours). The force of the gravity of the trapped water from the toilet bowl could dislodge the created blockage.
If you want things to move quickly, add a generous amount of dish detergent in the bowl water and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
If there is not too much water in the bowl, flush the toilet and the clog may go. If it is too much water in the toilet bowl, prevent water overflowing and do not flush the toilet. Pour water from a bottle into the bowl to increase the force of gravity, which could lead to “soft clog” dislocation.
Also, you can try pouring hot water into toilet bowl from a height of approximately of 4 feet. This can cause often, a flow of water that can unclogs the toilet.
2. Using a Toilet Plunger
Sometimes, even a “soft clog” can be quite stubborn. In this case, a plunger can help. In fact, using a plunger is the most common and popular method.
For successful use of a plunger, you need two things. Patience and enough water in the toilet bowl.
Do not give up after several failures you may need several attempts to dislodge the clog. It is better to plunge against of thick water layer. This will increase the pressure.
Do not use a sink plunger. You will be unable to operate with a perpendicular and efficient pressure on the clog as this plunger will slide on the curved walls of the toilet. Use a specialized toilet plunger.
3. Stubborn Clogs – Using a “Snake”
Usually, a stubborn clog is created when we flushing items that are not belonging to a toilet.
Sometimes, using a simple unfolded wire hanger can help. If you are tempted to use it, then use it with care not to scratch the porcelain. Moreover, it is possible for you to push the clog further inside, blocking more the toilet.
However, using a “snake” is the best approach for these types of clogs. They are very simple to use and give excellent results.
You can also use so-called “drain openers”. They can be effective and unclog quickly your toilet. However, they should be used with consideration. You do not have to forget that they are strong chemical products that can damage in time, your pipes and also, they are extremely harmful for the environment.
4. Hard Clogs – Hiring a Plumber
In rare cases, and as a last resort, you should hire a plumber. There are instances, when you have to deal with a hard and deep inside clog. The plumber will remove the toilet before unclogging the drain.