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How to Unclog a Toilet

How to Unclog a Toilet

How to Unclog a Toilet

There is never a good time for a toilet clog. In fact, it always feels like toilets clog at the worst possible time. Whether you have guests over, are running late for an appointment, or made a midnight trip to the bathroom, a clogged toilet can surely ruin your day. Fortunately, unclogging a toilet is not rocket science. In fact, your friends at Drain Doctor have a few tricks to share with you. In this article brought to you by Drain Doctor, we will go over a few ways to unclog a toilet. If you prefer to have a certified plumber take care of that dirty work, then call Drain Doctor to request an emergency dispatch. We are always ready to take your call.

Grab the Plunger

Let’s start with the old-fashioned way. Grab your plunger and some elbow grease. This is going to be a small workout:

  • Get a small bucket or bowl to gently remove excess water from the toilet bowl so that you can use the plunger without splashing water all around.
  • Slowly insert the plunger into the toilet bowl, making sure to let out as much air from inside the plunger as possible.
  • Fully cover the opening at the bottom of the toilet bowl by forming a tight seal with the plunger.
  • Begin to plunge firmly with a straight up-and-down motion to force the water against the blockage, breaking it apart.
  • Stop and watch the water level in the toilet bowl closely. If the water level begins to diminish, then your work here is done. If not, then continue plunging.

Use A Drain Snake or Makeshift Drain Snake

Let’s keep the workout going, shall we? A drain snake is another popular tool for unclogging toilets. If your local hardware store does not have a drain snake, then grab a coat hanger. Unravel it and wrap one end with a cloth duct taped firmly in place. Insert the drain snake into the trap way of the toilet bowl until you feel it push against the blockage. Gently push and twist the device in a circular motion to break the debris down and send gunk down the line. If you do not feel the blockage, then try another method.

Try Some Household Cleaners

That’s enough strain on our bodies. Let’s try an easier way:

  • Use a small cup, bowl, or bucket to scoop up as much water from the toilet bowl as possible. 
  • Lubricate the toilet bowl with dish soap, liquid soap, shampoo, or bar soap. 
  • Heat a gallon of water to a drinkable tea temperature. Do not boil the water! Boiling hot water could crack your toilet bowl! 
  • Pour the hot water into the bowl and let it sit for 20 minutes. It should flush after these 20 minutes.

Call the Professionals

If you want to avoid the dirty work, then call Drain Doctor now to speak with a live representative and request an emergency dispatch. Drain Doctor has the experienced plumbers and equipment to take care of that clogged toilet as soon as within the hour!