You know how you go to the toilet in the morning, only to remember that it was clogged from the night before —and it all comes flooding back to you? Pun intended.
Jokes aside, toilet clogs are a nightmare, and the worst part is that most plumbing companies don’t provide 24-hour plumbing services. This can be very inconvenient. To make sure you’re able to deal with minor problems on your own, we’ve put together some pro tips to help you out!
The tool-free method
First off, you need to know that this will only work if the water level is low to medium; don’t try this if the bowl is full. All you need is a bucket or two of water. Pour the bucket down the drain—with force and all at once. The water pressure should push down any blockages.
This is only a temporary solution, though; if the problem persists, get a professional to check your toilet before the problem gets out of control!
Bonus Tip: Use warm tap water and add some vinegar and dishwashing soap for better and quicker results!
Plunger: Your go-to weapon
Ideally, you should be using a plunger with a very narrow opening. The idea is to move a large volume of water down the toilet very swiftly. It should be able to push the water down in the narrow opening. Don’t get alarmed if anything floats up from all that plunging; it’s part of the process.
Bonus Tip: In case you’ve never invested in a plunger, use a large plastic water bottle instead. Cut out the bottom about two inches all over. Stick the open end into the toilet and plunge! Ensure the cap is still on at the other end and use rubber gloves to avoid messy accidents.
Kitchen ingredients to the rescue!
Get some vinegar and baking soda. Half a cup of each should do the trick. Leave them both in the bowl for 30 minutes before flushing them out with warm water. Vinegar and baking soda combined will react to produce a bubble-up effect, loosening the clog in the process.
Bonus Tip: If the above tip fails, try flushing caustic soda and some salt dissolved in water. But keep in mind that caustic soda is a powerful chemical that should be handled with care, and using it too often can corrode your toilet as well.
The DIY methods listed should ideally help in temporary clogs but remember, the best tip we have for you is to avoid clogging your toilets in the first place! Avoid flushing down so-called flushable wipes and limit paper towel usage as well.
If you still feel like having somebody else take care of the mess, give us a call at 817-244-0614!