Almost everyone in their life has been in an embarrassing situation involving a clogged toilet. Even though it’s far from being something pleasant, there are ways to deal with it in a less-stressful, more efficient way. Next time you have a problem in the bathroom, don’t rush to call the plumber. Whether you have a trusty plunger or not, there are plenty of efficient ways you can use to unclog your toilet without breaking out the cash
The Toilet Snake
A plunger should be your go-to fix when it comes to clogs. However, if you find that it isn’t getting the job done, you may need to bring in some reinforcements. A drain snake is a great solution for getting deep clogs that you can’t remove with a plunger. At the end of the snake is a corkscrew-like tip, designed to catch obstructions in the drain.
To use, spin the long, flexible wire into the drain. When going down the drain, you want to twist the wire clockwise, allowing the tip to screw into the drain. Keep pushing until you feel resistance. Once you’ve hit the source of the clog, you can attempt to break it up or keep pushing to try to snag it with a tip of the wire, allowing you to pull it out. When you go to remove the obstruction, twist the snake counter-clockwise as you pull. There are a variety of different snakes available, and even an inexpensive one should be able to remove a blockage. If you’re looking for something more professional, find a snake that has a closet auger, designed to get around the first bend in pipes securely.
The Homemade Drain Cleaner Method
Sometimes finding the right method for clogs is as easy as looking in the kitchen. With two simple ingredients, you can make your own drain cleaner at home. You want to start by heating up at least a half gallon of water. A large amount of water is needed to put pressure on the clog and force it down the pipe. The water should not be boiling – if it is too hot, it can crack the porcelain. Next, you’ll want to pour one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the clogged pipe. Any type of vinegar will work, though distilled white vinegar is most commonly used. The mixture will begin to fizz, helping to loosen up the obstruction. If you don’t have vinegar or baking soda on hand, you can substitute with a few squirts of dish soap.
Hold the half gallon of heated water at waist level and pour into the bowl. The force of the falling water, coupled with your fizzing mixture, should be enough to clear up the clog. If the obstruction isn’t gone immediately, allow the fizzy mixture to sit overnight. If the water still won’t flush, you might have an obstruction caused by some type of hard object, like a toy.
The plunger has long since been a household favorite for removing any clog that appears. Since most obstructions can be removed easily with a plunger, it’s not hard to see why it’s a common method. When making sure you have the right type of plunger, check to see if it fits over and completely seals the drain. When you go to use the plunger, start gently. If you thrust too hard, air will be forced out of the seal, causing water to blow all over the bathroom and even on you. Once all the air is forced out, you can begin plunging more vigorously. This forces the water to move in both directions in the drain, loosening the clog.
When using a plunger, the number one role is to be patient. Sometimes it can take 20 or so heaves to see any difference. Always make sure there is enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger; As pushing only air through the drain won’t generate enough pressure.
As you’ve seen, with a little practice and the minimum tools, you can unclog a toilet in just a few simple steps.If you’ve already exhausted these three methods, don’t worry there are other equally clever ways to successfully unclog a toilet. Even if you’re a rookie when it comes to plumbing, you can still approach these to solve the issue in minutes. And by doing that you can easily prevent any future problems that could be caused by overflowing. Getting a bit more involved in making your bathroom more efficient, and ultimately your home will help you prevent such disasters by choosing to run regular maintenance checks.
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