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How to Unclog a Toilet: 3 DIY Methods to Try Before Calling a Plumber

Toilets are one of those things that people rarely think about until they become an issue. An overflowing or clogged toilet can be extremely inconvenient, especially if you only have one bathroom in your residence. Most people have a general idea of how to unclog a toilet, while others would not know where to start other than panic.

In the following blog, we shall give some tips on how to unclog your bathroom toilet. Check out our site for toilet installation and other plumbing information.

3 DIY Methods to Unclog Your Toilet

Obviously, since most of us are not certified plumbers, we know very little about plumbing, including toilet installation Toronto. Luckily, in most cases, unclogging a toilet is not a major issue. However, if the problem gets out of hand, do not hesitate to call a professional plumber. 

The first thing you need to do is to stop the toilet from overflowing STAT! You need to either shut the water valve off behind the toilet or prevent the water from filling the bowl via the tank. To do so, remove the lip, close and shut the open flapper. 

Method 1: Use a Plunger

Most homeowners own a plunger and know how to use it. The best plunger to use for a clogged toilet is the one that has a flange. If you have rubber gloves, it is advisable to wear them to prevent contamination. Place the plunger in the toilet bowl and gently push down. Using too much force when plunging can cause you to slosh the dirty toilet water all over yourself. Once you have a good seal, use a little more force to continue plunging and keep doing so until the clog is loosened. 

Method 2: Baking Soda & Vinegar

If plunging does not work, you can use a natural and non-toxic combination of baking soda and vinegar (this method works well on clogged drains as well). First, you pour baking soda (1 cup) into the clogged toilet. Wait at least twenty minutes and then pour apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (2 cups) into the toilet. The mixture of baking soda and vinegar will start to fizzle. Give the solution a few minutes to work, wait to see if the water level has lowered, and then flush the toilet. 

You may have to repeat this procedure several times for stubborn clogs. For those clogs that are especially stubborn, you may have to allow the mixture to sit overnight.

 Method 3: Dish Soap & Hot Water

If you do not have baking soda or vinegar readily available, you can use hot (not boiling) water and dish soap (liquid, not powder). Squirt a small amount of dish soap into the toilet. Next, heat up a gallon of water on the stove; do NOT bring to a boil. Carefully, so as not to burn yourself, pour the hot water into the toilet bowl. This combination will soften the clog.

If you tried the above ways of how to unclog a toilet and they did not solve the issue, do not hesitate to call DrainCom. We will solve any plumbing issues you may have, from clogged toilets to burst pipes!

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