15 Sep. 21

Tips To Help You Safely Unclog A Toilet

It always seems like your home’s toilet clogs at the worst possible time. You could be getting ready to go to work or head to bed, but it never happens when you have nothing pressing to take care of or no place you need to go. So while it is tempting to close the bathroom door and deal with this potentially messy situation later, the best approach is to get it over with as quickly as possible. And we are going to give you a few tips from the pros that will help you clear that toilet clog with little effort and in no time.

Grab A Plunger

Every household should have a plunger. It is like the little black dress that every lady should have tucked in the closet just in case. However, in the case of a plunger, it is essential that you have two of them. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware that there are two styles of plungers, and they have distinctly different uses.

The plunger that most people own is the one that has a flat surface. This is a great tool, but not the one designed to unclog your toilet. The flat plunger is made to fit over a sink or tub drain and create a strong seal to generate the pressure needed to plunge away a clog effectively. The plunger designed to unclog a toilet has a large flange on the base. That more bulbous shape allows the plunger to seal over the drain in a toilet and create that oh-so-important pressure needed to blast away a clog.

Time For A Science Experiment

When your toilet is clogged, the last thing that you want to do is think about science class. But that could be a huge mistake. Applying a little basic science is a great way to safely remove a toilet clog without harsh chemicals and the potential to damage your home’s drain lines.

First, bring a large pot of water to a boil and remove it from the heat to cool for about five minutes. While the water cools, pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl, followed by two cups of vinegar. Then carefully pour the pot of hot water into the toilet. Be sure not to overfill the bowl and create a flood. Let the bubbling action and hot water work on the clog for several hours before flushing the toilet. This trick is almost always a sure way to remove a stubborn toilet clog without filling your home with caustic chemical fumes or damaging your drains.

Try A Plumbing Snake

A plumbing snake is a tool used to dislodge a clog. The end of the snake is placed in the toilet and carefully feed into the drain. As you continue to feed the snake into the drain, you will feel it stop when it hits the clog. Next, begin to twist the handle of the snake to auger away the clog. You should see the water level in the toilet drop as the clog is pushed free of the drain line. While wearing gloves, carefully remove the plumbing snake and clean it before storing it for use in the future.

These tips are perfect for typical toilet clogs. However, if you find a very stubborn clog that is not budging after trying all these DIY solutions, it is time to call (806) 787-6501. The licensed plumbers at Action Air & Plumbing are here 24/7 to assist you with professional clog removal and drain cleaning. And all of our work comes backed with a complete warranty and customer satisfaction guarantee.