How to Unclog a Toilet

How to unclog a toilet. It happens to us all.

Did you know there is some law of nature that requires you have a clogged toilet at the worst possible time and there is no fun way to fix it. However it can be fixed and you can probably do it yourself. Your next question ….. Best thing to unclog a toilet? Let’s take a look.

Tips on How to Unclogging a Toilet.

1.First things first, get a pair of rubber gloves. Toilets are very unsanitary places and the gloves will help protect you from germs.

2.If your clog is caused by a child’s toy or some other large object you can see reach in with the rubber gloves on and remove it.

3.Cover your floor with old newspapers or towels because there is nearly always some minor spills or splashes when unclogging a toilet and this will protect your floor and make cleanup easier if the toilet overflows.

4.If your toilet is clogged flush it only ONE time. A second flush may cause the bowl to overflow with a clogged toilet.

5.If possible, open the window and get some air circulating. You may be dealing with foul sewage odors or toxic fumes if you are using chemicals to unclog your toilet.

How to unclog a toilet with a plunger

Unclogging a toilet with a plunger is usually the first attempt method people try to fix a clogged toilet. Knowing how to do it correctly may save you the cost of a plumber. The plunger’s job is to create enough force and suction to free the clog in your toilet.Try the steps listed below.

● Put on the rubber gloves mentioned above. This helps protect your hands from bacteria and just seems to may the job a little cleaner.

● Turn off the water. The valve is usually located under the toilet bowl near the wall. This will help prevent the toilet from overflowing when using the plunger.

● Place the plunger in the toilet bowl and completely cover the hole in the bottom and be sure that the plunger is covered in water. If it is not pour water in from the faucet until the plunger is covered, this helps make a seal and makes the plunger work properly.

● Be sure you are standing upright and aligned with toilet bowl hole and push down on the plunger and then pull up with a slight force, but not hard enough to break the seal. Repeat this process a few times.

The idea is that the suction pulling up on the plunger and weight of the water pushing down helps dislodge the clog and then flows out the sewage line. Repeat this steps a few times if necessary.

If the plunger does not work. Read on.

How to unclog toilet without plunger. Try soap and warm water.

You flush the toilet and the contents just don’t go away. Then you reach for the plunger and you realize you don’t have one, so what now? You probably already have what you need to get you out of this situation and get your toilet flushing again in just a few minutes and without having to call a plumber.

Try this:

  • Take about a gallon of warm water. (careful it’s not too hot it make crack the porcelain).
  • Pour about a half cup dish washing soap in the warm water
  • Pour the mixture in the toilet bowl
  • Wait about 15 minutes
  • Flush the toilet and hopefully the clog has dissolved and will flush away.
How to unclog a toilet fast. Use a toilet snake.

A clogged toilet is one of the most frequent problems a plumber is called for. You have tried a plunger and it just did not work and you still have a clogged toilet. You may just need a simple toilet snake (auger) to clear the clog.

A toilet snake is a long flexible cable that is fed into the toilet drain that has a auger type head that is designed to be pushed through the toilet throat and directly into the clog to dislodge it. These types of auger work very well if used properly to clear a clogged toilet

How to unclog a toilet with baking soda and vinegar

You got a clogged toilet and you don’t have a plunger. What are you going to do? The answer may already be in your house. Two very common household products which are baking soda and vinegar. These two products are considered to be natural cleaning products and when combined together are even better. When mixed together these two products produce bubbling and fizzing action that can help clear a clogged toilet. You want to be careful and measure both ingredients and use the proper amount which is usually equal to about one cup of each. After the fizzing begins wait a couple of minutes and pour in some warm water. Repeat this process if necessary.

*Warning: Do not use vinegar and baking soda if you have just used a chemical type drain opener to try to remove the clog. Too many chemicals!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO UNCLOG A TOILET

You have tried everything you know to do and it did not work. What do you do now?Call the plumber. The next question most people have. How much is it going to cost. Some plumbers may have a flat service rate set for a particular basic job and other plumbers may charge you an hourly rate. Most plumbers will want to access the problem before they will give you an estimate. The national average to have a clogged toilet cleared by a plumber is about $160.00 for a basic job without complications. If the clog is deeper in your sewer line and requires special equipment or more labor their charges will be more. The cost will also be more on holidays and weekends or emergencies.