How to Unclog a Toilet That Won’t Flush

We’ve all been there—you flush the toilet, and instead of everything swirling down the drain as it is supposed to, the water level starts rising dangerously. A clogged toilet can be a real hassle, especially if you are unsure how to deal with it. Fortunately, unclogging a toilet is a skill anybody can perform. This guide from the plumbing professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will walk you through a few practical methods to unclog a toilet that won’t flush, helping you feel prepared the next time you face this common household task.

The Dependable Plunger Method

The most tried and true method for unclogging a toilet is using a plunger. But you shouldn’t use just any type of plunger. It’s important to use a flange plunger that is expressly fashioned for toilet bowls. The rubber flange on the cup produces 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 some water in the bowl. If there isn’t, add water from the sink using a cup.
    1. Position the plunger at an angle to make certain the flange goes into the hole at the bottom of the bowl.
    1. Raise the plunger up and down several times, being careful not to lose the seal.
    1. After multiple plunges, pause to see if the water level is receding. If not, continue plunging. But if the bowl is draining, remove the plunger and flush to see if the clog is cleared.

No Plunger? No Problem!

While every home should have at least one plunger, you may not be able to find one when you need it. Here are some alternative approaches to unclog a toilet if you don’t have a plunger.

Unclogging with Hot Water and Soap

Hot water and soap is a surprisingly great substitute for a toilet plunger. This approach works well for softer clogs that need a just a little push. Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Take out some water from the toilet bowl if it’s really full. Scoop the toilet water out of the bowl with an old cup and dump it in your tub or shower drain.
    1. Squeeze out 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 down the pipes.
    1. Slowly pour a bucket of hot (not boiling) water from waist height into the bowl. The force of the water combined with the slippery soap should free the clog.
    1. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for around 20 minutes, giving it time to work its magic.
    1. Try giving the toilet a flush. If the water drains down the pipe, you’ve effectively unclogged your toilet!

Unclog Your Toilet with Baking Soda and Vinegar

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

    1. 1Remove unwanted water from the bowl to protect against an overflow.
    1. Pour about a cup of baking soda straight into the toilet bowl, then pour in two cups of white vinegar. The blend of baking soda and vinegar creates a fizzing action that breaks down the clog. Put in the vinegar slowly to minimize 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 effortlessly, your problem is solved. If that’s not the case, try one of the other methods or call a plumber for help.

How to Unclog Your Toilet with a Coat Hanger

This method is particularly effective for clogs caused by foreign objects or dense materials. It involves making a do-it-yourself drain auger with an old coat hanger. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial:

    1. Unwind a wire coat hanger until it’s mostly straight.
    1. Wrap a small cloth around the end of the hanger and secure it with duct tape to guard your toilet bowl from scratches.
    1. Insert the wrapped end into the toilet and carefully push it down the drain hole.
    1. Push the hanger in various directions to displace the clog. Keep in mind you need to be gentle to avoid damaging the porcelain or plumbing.
    1. After a few minutes of careful prodding and poking, take out the hanger and try flushing the toilet. If the water drains like it is supposed to, you’re all set. If the issue persists, it may be time to call in the experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

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

While the methods detailed above are effective for easy clogs, some scenarios call for professional support. If you’ve tried plunging or other techniques without success, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help. We realize how inconvenient a clogged toilet and other plumbing problems can be in a home or business. That’s why our seasoned plumbers provide speedy, lasting solutions. Call us to take care of messy plumbing problems, and we’ll ensure your 100% satisfaction. To schedule our expert plumbing services in the U.S. and nearby towns, call 866-397-3787 today!

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