A clogged toilet is an inconvenience that can disrupt your day, especially if your home only has one bathroom. If the clog persists for more than a week, it’s best to call a professional for help. However, if the toilet clogged recently, there are a few steps you can take at home to try to dislodge it. Below are some ideas to help you get through your next toilet trouble.
3 Tips to Fix a Clogged Toilet
1. Add a Baking Soda & Vinegar Mixture
Mix a ½ cup of baking soda, a ½ cup of vinegar, and a ½ cup of boiling water into a large bowl. Vinegar and baking soda creates a foam and will expand to generously fill the bowl. Pour the contents immediately into the clogged toilet, and let it stand for about five minutes. Then, try to flush the clog away.
2. Use a Flange Plunger
An effective method to clear a clog is to use a flange plunger, which has a rubber sleeve that extends below the domed cup. Lower the plunger into the water and tilt it slightly to allow water into the boot so you don’t trap air inside. Place the flange into the toilet hole to form a seal and begin plunging for a couple of minutes. If it doesn’t work, then let the clog sit for a few hours and try to flush. If there are no results, try to plunge once more, let it sit, and flush.
3. Use an Auger
Don’t use a regular snake because it can scratch the porcelain. Instead, use a toilet auger or plumbing snake. Stick the end into the toilet and push it forward until it reaches the clog. Turn the crank clockwise to grab the debris and slowly pull it out of the toilet. This can safely be attempted repeatedly until you clear the clog.
If these methods are not effective against your clogged toilet, then call a plumbing professional. All Star Rooter, Sewer and Drain Cleaning in Norwalk, CT, has served Fairfield and New Haven counties for over 20 years. Their experience in sewer line cleaning, drain line cleaning, and video drain inspections have made them a HomeAdvisor© winner and a favorite with every customer they work with. Visit them online to browse their offerings or call (203) 286-4498 to schedule a service.