We expect the toilet to work 24/7 and not cause any trouble. But when it does, the problem is worse than an inconvenience — it’s unsanitary and potentially dangerous. The chemicals in sewage can cause all sorts of health problems, which is why it’s important to do all you can to unclog the toilet and get things back to flowing smoothly as soon as possible. Here are five simple methods you can try before calling in professional help.
Method #1: Plunger
Every home should have a plunger. It’s the number one method of unclogging the toilet and usually the only one you need to try.
When using the plunger, place it into the toilet bowl and gently push down to eliminate air. Be careful not to push down too forcefully or you’ll get waste splashed in your face.
Once you’ve got a good seal, pump the plunger down and up forcefully while sustaining the seal. Then, pull it up sharply to break the air seal. If done properly and if the clog isn’t too severe, the toilet should flush.
Method #2: Vinegar and baking soda
Pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl, wait a few minutes, and slowly pour in two cups of vinegar. Allow the mixture to work for a few minutes and then try flushing the toilet to see if the clog has cleared up. You may need to repeat this a few times.
Method #3: Hot water and dish soap
As you’re heating up a gallon of water on the stove, pour some dish soap into the toilet. Once the water is hot, but not boiling, pour it into the toilet. Wait 10-15 minutes while the dish soap and hot water soften the clog before flushing.
Method #4: Toilet snake
If the clog is deep down in the bowl, you could use a toilet snake to release the blockage.
Method #5: Bleach
Pour two to three cups of bleach down the toilet bowl. Wait a few minutes and pour one cup of powdered soap. About 10 to 15 minutes later, flush the toilet.
When all else fails, it’s time to call the pros — Blue Apple Electric. Our professional plumbers will conduct a thorough inspection to identify exactly what’s causing the clog and get your toilet unclogged in no time!