Clogged toilets are a nightmare; a gruesome, flowing, and a messy nightmare that nobody should have to deal with. But unfortunately, they’re very common, and more than often, arrive when they’re least appreciated i.e. in the middle of the night or during the holidays.
Here are a few things you can try to fix them.
The Traditional Way—Use A Plunger
This is a tried and tested method that has probably been around since toilets were first invented. There is no reason you shouldn’t have one lying around your house. It’s inexpensive and essential. Just lower the plunger down the toilet gently and fix it in. Push gently at first to get the air out and then continue with a little greater force, maintaining the seal. After a while, pull out the plunger and listen for water rushing down the toilet. Repeat if you don’t hear anything.
Kitchen Ingredients to The Rescue—Baking Soda and Vinegar
In case you don’t have a plunger, use baking soda and vinegar. These are both fantastic cleaning agents and work well for clogs. Just put one cup of baking soda into the toilet. Wait about two minutes before pouring down 2 cups of vinegar. Let the ingredients do their magic. They might bubble and splash so maintain your distance. Flush after several minutes and assess the results.
A Different Concoction
If the vinegar and baking soda fail, try a different recipe. This is something you definitely have lying around the house: water and some dish soap. Heat one gallon of water. In the meanwhile, pour some dish soap into the toilet bowl. Then, pour the heated water into the toilet—just make sure the water is taken off the heat before it reaches the boiling point. Leave the water and soap in for several minutes before flushing.
We don’t usually recommend chemical cleaning products for drains and pipes, as these can be very harmful to the plumbing. However natural enzyme cleaners are a great alternative. They work especially well if the only thing clogging your toilet is natural waste, and not wipes or toilet papers. Leave the enzyme cleaner in the toilet bowl overnight for the best results.
Call A Plumber
If all else fails, and nothing seems to work—call in an expert. DIY methods are great, but they are usually time-consuming and short-term. They may work and they may fail, but what you most definitely lose, is your time and effort.
Calling in a professional plumber will make sure the issue is addressed at its very roots. Because sometimes a small clog could be an indicator of a deeper underlying problem that only an experienced plumber like the ones at Pro Serve Plumbing may be able to recognize. And more importantly, they will do a job that lasts a while.