There are several methods you can try to clear a blocked toilet yourself, before calling a plumber. The first thing to note is that if your toilet doesn’t flush after the first attempt; don’t flush again, as you could end up filling the bowl completely.
Toilets are not sanitary, but if you’re covered up to the elbows with rubber gloves, you’ll be ok to reach in & see if there’s something obvious causing the blockage. Once you’ve established there isn’t anything obvious, you can give the below-mentioned methods a try:
1) How to Unclog the Drain with a Plunger
The oldest & the most successful method of clearing a blocked toilet is using a good old plunger.
Start off your plunging plan by putting down paper towels to catch any overflow. Grab your plunger and push it over the hole, making an airtight seal. If it’s not airtight you can wrap rags around the bottom of your plunger to make the surface a little bigger and lock the air in. Work it up and down firmly to clear the blocked drains and flush the toilet to check if it’s now clear. If not, try again before moving onto a different method.
2) Blocked Drains: Use a Toilet Snake
Snaking a toilet can be a wise way of clearing your toilet and getting water to flow. Toilet snakes are relatively inexpensive and easy to use.
All you have to do is unravel the long coil down your blocked toilet and when you feel a blockage, start twisting it. The end of your toilet snake should start breaking up the obstruction and help unclog the drain. Give the toilet a flush and hopefully, everything will be clear.
3) Homemade De-blocker for a Blocked Toilet
Sometimes, blocked drains and toilets require de-blocking solutions, and it’s easy to make one on your own. Caustic soda has been proved to work but if you’d prefer a less corrosive option, a combination of hot water, baking soda and vinegar can work wonders! You’ll need:
- Half a gallon hot water (boil and let it cool a little before adding the following ingredients)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 cups vinegar
Pour the baking soda and vinegar into your blocked toilet whilst the water is cooling. Finally, pour the water in & let the solution work overnight. The chemical reaction created by the baking soda and vinegar can fizz the blockage away.
With these simple tips, you can unclog a toilet easily. In case these don’t work, call a professional.
- Get your equipment together – a plunger, a toilet snake, the ingredients for a homemade de-blocker
- Put on rubber gloves
- Attempt to unblock with a plunger first
- Always test a small amount of your homemade solution before pouring it all in
- Call the professional if you can’t clear the blockage yourself
- Regularly clean your toilet to help prevent build-up