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How to Fix a Clogged Toilet: DIY Guide for Homeowners

How to Fix a Clogged Toilet DIY Guide for HomeownersA clogged toilet is something that every homeowner has to deal with from time to time. Sure, it can be an inconvenience, especially if it is overflowing. But you do not always have to call a plumber to fix the problem. There are some simple fixes to save you a few dollars and a lot of hassle.

We have provided three easy DIY methods to fix a clogged toilet. Besides, these may also work with a clogged drain. If the problem is not resolved with these methods, you should contact a licensed plumber. 

How to Fix a Clogged Toilet

The first thing you need to do before attempting the following clogged toilet solutions is to turn off the water valve to prevent the toilet from overflowing. Simply, remove the lid and shut the flapper off. An overflowing toilet is messy and should be avoided at all costs. Moreover, you should have some old towels or rags handy to clean up any mess afterward.

  • Plunge the Toilet

As most homes are equipped with a toilet plunger, you are most likely familiar with how to properly use a plunger. A plunger with a flange will work best on a clogged toilet. You should wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from getting contaminated. First, you will stick the plunger into the bowl of the toilet. Next, gently push the plunger down without being too forceful. Once you are certain that you have a secure seal, use a bit more force until the clog is removed.

  • Hot Water and Dish Soap

If plunging your toilet does not solve the issue, this method is both quick and resourceful. Squirt a very small amount of liquid dish soap into the toilet. Next, heat up a gallon of water but do not boil it. Carefully carry the water over to the toilet bowl and pour it in. This should soften and dissolve the clog for you without the use of harsh and toxic chemicals.

  • Vinegar and Baking Soda

Another proven way to fix a clogged toilet is to use a non-toxic and natural combo of white vinegar and baking soda. This method also works on both clogged sink and shower drains. 

Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and allow it to sit for no less than 20 minutes. Then, pour 2 cups of white or apple cider vinegar into the toilet bowl. You will notice that the mixture of baking soda and vinegar will begin to fizzle. Wait for a few minutes and check to see if the water level has in fact lowered before flushing the toilet. 

Methods two and three might have to be repeated a few times for more stubborn clogs. If they do not work after several attempts, try letting the mixtures sit overnight.

Call DrainCom if you still cannot unclog the toilet or if you have any other questions on how to fix a clogged toilet. We are happy to assist you with any plumbing issues that may arise.

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