The dreaded clogged toilet strikes! Don’t worry, it happens to everyone at some point. In this class I will teach you several methods and techniques to unclog a toilet without a plunger fast and easily. These techniques avoid chemicals and focus on some simple house hold items you can use to unclog a toilet.
I suggest trying the methods in the following order as the first few are easier and you won’t have to get down and dirty.
1. Tap Method - This method is one of the easiest and fastest to attempt. Simply tap the backside of the bowl with your shoe. Surprisingly, 50% of the time this method will dislodge a simple clog.
2. Baking Soda and Vingar - If the tap method failed the next attempt should be pouring one cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into the bowl. This method works for sink clogs and is worth attempting on your toilet. If the bowl is already getting full of water skip this method and go onto the soap and hot water.
3. Hot Water and Dish Soap - Take half a cup of liquid dish soap and poor it into the toilet bowl. Take 4 cups of hot water (I suggest you boil it) and dump it into the bowl being careful not to splash it on yourself. This method will help break up and loosen the clog. If this doesn’t work we are going to have to get a little messy. (It’s really not that bad)
4. Wire Hanger - Some plumbers will suggest this method or a plunger before actually coming out so it’s worth a try. Unbend and straighten out the hanger while leaving the hook on the end. Force the hanger down the hole and through the “S” or neck of the bowl. As you can see in the picture to the right, the toilet pipe forms an “S”. Push the hanger in until you hit some resistance, your clog, and try to push through it.
5. Soda Bottle - I suggest trying the hanger first as this method can be a little messier. Start by putting on some rubber gloves. Take an empty 2 liter soda bottle and place it into the hole at the bottom of the toilet and try to form as tight as a fit between the shoulders of the bottle and the hole in the toilet. Squeeze the bottle as hard as you can and continue to repeat. The air pressure will usually help release the clog and
6. Toilet Snake – Sometimes a clog will occur further in the toilet or in your sewage pipes than you can reach, at which point it’s time for the snake. A snake allows you to get further into your main line than a hanger will allow. A snake can be purchased at your local hardware store for around $25 and is a handy item to have around. It can be used for unclogging sinks and showers as well.
When to Call a Plumber
There are times when your own unclogging efforts just won’t be sufficient. If you see other toilets or sinks backing up in your house. This is usually a sign of your main line which goes out to the sewer having a clog.
Avoiding Clogged Toilets
First teach your kids not to flush things down the toilet such as their toys. Next, place a small garbage can in your bathroom so family and guests throw out q-tips and other items rather than flushing them. If you live in an older house your pipes may be more corroded resulting in more clogs. Single ply toilet paper can help a lot and usually it costs less. Finally, use less toilet paper. You don’t need a whole role to wipe your bum.