Tips to Fix a Clogged Toilet that Won’t Flush

We’ve all been there—you flush the toilet, and instead of everything going down the drain as it should, the water level starts rising ominously. A clogged toilet can be a real problem, especially if you don’t know how to tackle it. Thankfully, unclogging a toilet is a skill everyone can perform. This guide from the plumbing specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will walk you through a few effective methods to unclog a toilet that won’t flush, helping you feel prepared the next time you face this frequent household challenge.

The Dependable Plunger Method

The most time-tested method for unclogging a toilet is using a plunger. But don’t just reach for the first plunger you see in the aisle at the store. It’s crucial to use a flange plunger that is specially designed for toilet bowls. The rubber flange on the cup forms a better seal to build up the pressure required to displace the clog. Here’s how to use a plunger right:

    1. Be sure there’s a little water in the bowl. If there isn’t, add water from the sink using a cup.
    1. Position the plunger at an angle to be sure the flange goes into the hole at the bottom of the bowl.
    1. Push the plunger up and down several times, being careful not to disrupt the seal.
    1. After several plunges, wait a few seconds and watch to see if the water level is receding. If not, keep plunging. But if the bowl is draining, lift out the plunger and flush to see if the clog is eliminated.

How to Fix a Clogged Toilet Without a Plunger

While your residence should have at least one plunger, you may not have one handy at the moment. Here are some alternative approaches to unclog a toilet without a plunger.

Remove a Toilet Clog with Hot Soap and Water

Hot water and soap is a remarkably good stand-in for a toilet plunger. This method works well for softer clogs that need a light push. Here’s what to do:

    1. Remove some water from the toilet bowl if it’s too full. Scoop the dirty water out of the bowl with an old cup and discard it in the tub or shower drain.
    1. Pour a generous amount of dish soap or liquid detergent into the bowl. The soap helps lubricate the clog, making it easier for it to slide down the pipes.
    1. Slowly pour a bucket of hot (not boiling) water from waist height in the bowl. The force of the water coupled with the slippery soap should free the clog.
    1. Let the combination marinate for around 20 minutes, giving it time to work its magic.
    1. Try giving the toilet a flush. If the water clears, you’ve properly unclogged your toilet!

The Baking Soda and Vinegar Method

Baking soda and vinegar is a potent mixture. Here’s how to attempt this environment-friendly strategy for unclogging toilets:

    1. 1Take out excess water from the bowl to avoid an overflow.
    1. Pour about a cup of baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, and then add two cups of white vinegar. The combo of baking soda and vinegar generates a fizzing action that breaks down the clog. Pour the vinegar slowly to reduce the chance of overflow from the fizzing reaction.
    1. Let the concoction sit in the bowl for at least 20 minutes.
    1. After waiting, try flushing the toilet. If the water flows smoothly, your problem is gone. If not, try a different method or call a plumber for help.

Try Using a Coat Hanger to Unclog a Toilet

This approach is especially effective for clogs caused by foreign objects or compact materials. It calls for making a do-it-yourself drain auger from an old coat hanger. Follow these steps:

    1. Unwind a wire coat hanger until it’s pretty straight.
    1. Wrap a tiny piece of cloth around the end of the hanger and secure it with duct tape to shield your toilet bowl from scratches.
    1. Put the wrapped end into the toilet and gently push it down the drain hole.
    1. Move the hanger in various directions to displace the clog. Don’t forget to be gentle to avoid damaging the porcelain or plumbing.
    1. After a few minutes of careful prodding and poking, remove the hanger and try flushing the toilet. If the water drains away, you’re all set. If the clog lingers, it may be time to call in the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

Count on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Plumbing Needs in the U.S.

While the strategies detailed above work for straightforward clogs, some situations call for professional support. If you’ve tried plunging or other tactics without success, contact the pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help. We know how inconvenient a clogged toilet and other plumbing problems can be in a home or business. That’s why our highly trained plumbers provide swift, lasting solutions. Leave the dirty work to us, and we’ll ensure your 100% satisfaction. To schedule our professional plumbing services in the U.S. and nearby towns, call 866-397-3787 today!

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