6 Ways to Unclog a Toilet

The toilet is a device no one gives much thought to until it stops working, and a malfunctioning or clogged toilet can become a big problem fast.

The good news is you can use several DIY techniques for a clogged toilet. Let’s look at 6 ways you can unclog a toilet. 

1. A plunger 

A plunger is an essential tool that remains the best way to unclog a toilet. The plunger should be placed into the toilet bowl and pushed down gently. The air is eliminated with the first push. 

Once sealed, you should pump the plunger up and down before sharply pulling up. The water should then rush down the drain. If not, repeat the action several times until successful.

2. Baking soda and vinegar

Non-toxic household cleaners such as baking soda and vinegar can also be used on a toilet that refuses to flush.

Pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet. Then, slowly pour two cups of vinegar down the toilet a few minutes later. 

Pour slowly and carefully to avoid overflows and allow the mixture to work for several minutes. Then, flush, and repeat the process.

3. Dish soap and hot water

Pour dish soap into clogged toilets while heating a gallon of water. Then carefully put the hot (but not yet boiling) water into the toilet. Wait for the mixture to soften the clog — this will take approximately ten to fifteen minutes. 

The toilet should then be unclogged and able to flush freely. A mixture of hot water and shampoo is another alternative to dish soap and hot water.

4. The toilet snake

A toilet snake only needs to be bought once and is a way of unclogging a toilet without using chemicals. 

The device can be threaded and wound around and through the blockage until it releases. This is especially useful when clogs are deeper than the actual toilet bowl.

5. Household bleach

Household bleach helps to break down waste in a similar manner to soap, and the procedure is also similar. 

Use two to three cups of bleach, and then pour a cup of powdered soap into the bowl after a couple of minutes. Wait about 15 minutes, then flush.

6. Call a plumber

This is the easiest and, indeed, the most reliable way to unclog a toilet. Pro-service Plumbing will deal with even the toughest blockages and other plumbing issues.

Final Thoughts

Clogged toilets are a fairly common problem, so you should be aware of various DIY methods to unblock them. Call us today for all your toilet troubles! 

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