3 Ways to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger
It happens to the best of us, we put off buying a plunger and our worst fear comes true, and the toilet gets clogged! Not wanting to ask a neighbor to use their plunger, you go to the internet to search “unclogging toilet without a plunger.” Thankfully, we have a few tricks to try and unclog your toilet without needing a plunger! First, if it’s draining slowly let it drain down before flushing again. If the toilet is not draining at all do not flush the toilet because it will likely overflow, but do allow it some time to drain. If it does not go down after 30 minutes you will need a plumber or you will have to get a plunger if you want to try to clear the clog.
1. Use Dish Soap
The slipperiness of dish soap will help lubricate your clogged pipe allowing for any lodged objects to slide down more easily. Use about a half-cup of dish soap in the toilet. Let the soap settle into the bowl for a few minutes before flushing.
2. Add Hot Water
Adding hot water may help move things along. So you don’t break the toilet, only use hot water from the tub since boiling water might crack the porcelain of the toilet. Pour the hot water from waist level so the force of the water can dislodge whatever may be causing the clog.
3. Create a mixture with baking soda
If you are looking for a more natural solution, you can use baking soda to help unclog the toilet. All you need to do is pour one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the toilet then let it fizz for a half hour. If the clog persists, try adding the hot water as we mentioned above.
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Prevent future clogs
The best way to get rid of clogs is to try to prevent them in the first place. Some tips to help prevent future clogs include:
- Not flushing products that were not made for toilet use
- Not flushing down too much toilet paper. If you need to use a bit more than average, flush the toilet paper down in increments.
- Flushable wipes are not flushable or at least attempt to flush often if using them.
- Remind kids to keep toys or other objects away from from the toilet
Need a Little More Assistance?
If none of these tips are working for you, you’ve given in and bought a plunger, and the problem is still ongoing, contact Watters Plumbing. We’ve seen it all and we can help!
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