A clogged toilet is a frustrating experience and seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. Fortunately, in most cases, you can solve this problem on your own with a few DIY methods—no professional help necessary.
Try out these five different methods to help you unclog a toilet.
This is one of the most common ways to unclog a toilet. With this method, choose a plunger that’s heavy-duty. Good options include ball-shaped plungers or ones that have a secure, seal-forming rubber flange.
If you’re in a situation where you don’t have a plunger, or if there’s an object stuck in the drain, try unclogging the toilet using dish soap.
If there’s a physical object stuck in the toilet, or a wad of toilet paper is causing the clog, you may need to physically unclog the toilet.
When going this route, the trick is to use equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar. The more severe the clog, the more slowly you should use these ingredients. For a minor clog, use a cup of each ingredient. For a more significant clog, start with one-fourth cup measurements to prevent an overflow of the water and its contents.
If all else fails, try to be patient and let the clog work itself out before calling a plumber. When a toilet bowl is full of water, the force of gravity will naturally take place and clear out the clog, eventually solving the problem. This method can be especially helpful if the source of the clog involves too much toilet paper in the drain.
If the previous methods have failed, it may be time to call a professional. It also makes sense to call a plumber if:
If you need to find a plumber, ask friends and family members for recommendations and read trusted, third-party reviews.
To prevent future clogs, make sure that everything you’re flushing is actually flushable (tampons, sanitary pads, paper towels, and napkins generally aren’t flushable). Though it may appear that these products have flushed, there’s a chance that they’re sitting in your pipes and creating a blockage.
Here are a few more tips to keep in mind to avoid clogging your toilet:
Kelly Boyer Sagert is a full-time freelance writer and author living just outside of Cleveland. She loves to write material that helps other people.