How to Unclog a Toilet That Won’t Flush

We’ve all been there—you flush the toilet, and instead of everything whirling down the drain as it ought to, the water level starts rising ominously. A clogged toilet can be a real problem, especially if you’re not sure how to fix it. The good news is, unclogging a toilet is a skill anybody can master. This guide from the plumbing professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will walk you through a few reliable methods to unclog a toilet that won’t flush, helping you feel prepared the next time you face this ordinary household task.

The Reliable Plunger Trick

The most time-tested strategy for unclogging a toilet is with a plunger. But don’t just reach for the first plunger you see in the aisle at the store. It’s important to use a flange plunger that is specifically made for toilet bowls. The rubber flange on the cup produces a better seal to build up the pressure needed to dislodge the clog. Here’s how to use a plunger properly:

    1. Make sure there’s at least some water in the bowl. If not, add water from the sink using a cup.
    1. Insert the plunger at an angle to be sure the flange goes into the hole at the bottom of the bowl.
    1. Raise the plunger up and down several times, being mindful not to break the seal.
    1. After a number of plunges, pause to see if the water level is receding. If not, keep plunging. But if the water recedes, take out the plunger and flush to see if the clog is eliminated.

No Plunger? No Problem!

While all homes should have at least one plunger, you may not be able to find one when you need it. Here are a few alternative methods to unclog a toilet without a plunger.

How to Use Hot Soap and Water to Unclog a Toilet

Hot water and soap is a remarkably good substitute for a toilet plunger. This method works well for softer clogs that need a gentle push. Here’s how it works:

    1. Transfer some water from the toilet bowl if it’s really full. Scoop the plumbing water out of the bowl with an old cup and pour it in the tub or shower drain.
    1. Pour a substantial portion of dish soap or liquid detergent into the bowl. The soap helps lubricate the clog, making it easier for it to push through the pipes.
    1. Cautiously pour a bucket of hot (not boiling) water from waist height into the bowl. The force of the water blended with the slippery soap should free the clog.
    1. Let the mixture sit for roughly 20 minutes, giving it time to work its magic.
    1. Try giving the toilet a flush. If the water level goes down, you’ve properly unclogged your toilet!

The Baking Soda and Vinegar Method

Baking soda and vinegar is a powerful concoction. Here’s how to use this natural method for unclogging toilets:

    1. 1Remove extra water from the bowl to avoid an overflow.
    1. Pour about a cup of baking soda right into the toilet bowl, followed by two cups of white vinegar. The combination of baking soda and vinegar produces a fizzing action that breaks down the clog. Pour the vinegar slowly to decrease the odds of an overflow from the fizzing reaction.
    1. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for at least 20 minutes.
    1. After waiting, give the toilet a flush. If the water flows smoothly, your problem is solved. If it doesn’t, try one of the other methods or call a plumber for help.

How to Unclog Your Toilet with a Coat Hanger

This strategy is very effective for clogs caused by foreign objects or heavy materials. It involves making a homemade drain auger out of an old coat hanger. Follow these steps:

    1. Unwind a wire coat hanger until it’s mostly straight.
    1. Wrap a tiny piece of cloth around the end of the hanger and secure it with duct tape to protect your toilet bowl from scratches.
    1. Insert the wrapped end into the toilet and gently push it in the drain hole.
    1. Push the hanger in different directions to free the clog. Remember to be gentle to avoid harming the porcelain or plumbing.
    1. After a few minutes of careful prodding and poking, take out the hanger and give the toilet a flush. If the water drains away, you’re good as gold. If the clog persists, 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 methods detailed above work good for straightforward clogs, some situations call for professional support. If you’ve tried plunging or other tactics without success, reach out to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help. We realize how aggravating a clogged toilet and other plumbing problems can be in a home or business. That’s why our highly trained plumbers provide speedy, long-lasting solutions. Let us do the hard work, and we’ll ensure your 100% satisfaction. To schedule our professional plumbing services in the U.S. and neighboring towns, call 866-397-3787 today!

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