5 WAYS TO UNCLOG A TOILET
The cost to hire plumber these days will crash your credit card, bank account and even leave you bankrupt.
That’s the reason why everyone should have an idea of how to at least unclog a toilet as this is one of the most common plumbing issues householders will at some point encounter with.
This is without a doubt a skill that could save the day and save you some extra cash too. Eventually, all toilets get blocked at some point, but what do you do when this happens is the big question?
Here are 5 helpful and easy to do tips you’ll find useful the next time your toilet gets clogged.
1.PLASTIC WRAP YOUR TOILET
Double flushing a blocked toilet can cause an overflow of filthy water. It is best to figure out what is causing the blockage first before giving it a second flush, just to avoid making a mess.
One clever way you can stop the overflow and at the same time unclogging the toilet is to use plastic wrap. Plastic wrap you make asked? that’s exactly what it is.
Cover the toilet bowl with the wrap ensuring there’s no opening. To be on the safe side it is advisable to place a few sheets of old newspaper around the rim just in case there’s a spill.
When you’re sure your toilet’s bowl is fully sealed with the wrap, lay the palm of your hands gently on the opening that’s covered with the wrap. Flush while instantly gently pushing back on the rising water.
The reverse pressure will force the water back. That force may remove the blockage. This will work on blockages that are caused by hair, faeces and paper only.
2. HOT WATER AND DISH SOAP
Before you call the plumber to unclog your blocked toilet, try doing this first. Pour a gallon of water in a pot and bring it to a full boil. Coming to a full boil is making sure the water is at its hottest point.
Pour in a few drops of dish soap to make a foam. Pour the water forcefully all at once into the toilet bowl. The hot water and the soap will soften the blockage making your toilet flushable again.
If this doesn’t work and you’ve also tried other methods, this would be a good time to call the plumber.
3.IRON CLOTHES HANGER
Get witty with this trick. This is considered to be old school. I’ve been doing this ever since I was a child. The scariest thing that could happen is to have the toilet blocked while your parents are not at home.
If the toilet is blocked with a toy or a hard object that you’re fully aware of, the answer is simple. Grab an iron hanger, do they still make those? well if you have any of those hanging around in the basement or the attic get a hold of it and open the hanger.
Allow the hook to remain. You want to open to a length that is capable of reaching into the core of the bowl. That’s the opening in the bowl. Reach down slowly with the hook far as you can.
Pull back slowly, this should pull out the hard object that’s causing the blockage. Not only can this trick release the hard object but if moved around vigorously in the hole will also displace other types of blockages that you may encounter.
4. USE THE RIGHT TOILET PLUNGER
Now you know that a plunger is not just a plunger. Some plungers are not forceful enough or don’t have the necessary grooves to effectively unclog your toilet. Does that sound new to you?
Keep a heavy-duty plunger around. These plungers are able to remove basically any type of blockage. Consider buying any of these plungers. Neiko 60166A, Mr Sparkle Toiletsaber, Mr Clean Turbo And Bowl Flush Set. These can purchase online or at a local store.
5. THE CORRECT WAY TO PLUNGE A TOILET
Submerge the bell of the plunger under the water (the rubber area) ensuring it is fully covered. Cover the opening of the drain with the bell. Using both palms, take a firm grip on the top of the handle.
Pull back without removing the bell from the opening of the drain. Push down forcefully on the plunger thrusting downward and upward for 1 minute. Remove the plunger and flush then repeat a second time to ensure all is clear. Have fun plunging!