One of the most annoying problems in a house is a clogged toilet. It is even worse when you have visitors. Here are five simple steps to unclogging a toilet.
1. Vinegar & Baking Soda Mixture
White vinegar and baking soda are great cleaning agents. When put them into a toilet that has clogged, they can remove the clog without you putting any effort. To do this, you need to mix two cups of white vinegar with two cups of hot water. Put a cup of baking soda in your clogged toilet and put the mixture of vinegar and hot water. Leave the mixture to work on your toilet for 30 minutes. In a majority of the cases, your toilet will unclog, and you only need to flush it. You will also have a clean toilet bowl.
2. Dish Detergent
Put half a cup of degreasing dish detergent in your clogged toilet. Then pour 3-4 cups of hot water inside the toilet bowl. The degreaser, as well as the hot water, will break up the clog. Flashing the toilet after some time will send the clog on its way. Great alternatives for dish detergent are hand soap, shampoo, and more.
3. Apply Petroleum Jelly on the Plunger
To unclog your toilet, always ensure you have a plunger in every bathroom. Go for those plungers that have modest and sanitary holders. This is in case a visitor in your home needs to use it. Apply some petroleum jelly around the plunger’s rim and press it around the drain to ensure tightness of the seal before adding hot water to submerge the plunger’s top. Plunge continuously until the clog breaks up.
4. Get a Snake from the Hardware
If all these solutions fail to help, you can always rely on the snake do the trick. Consult with someone at the hardware store to make sure you acquire a snake that is industrial grade, and that can work on your pipes. You also need a tame snake that will not damage your pipes since plumbing can be a costly affair. Put the snake’s flexible end into the clogged toilet and twist its handle to enable breaking up of the clog. Avoid forcing the snake when you encounter an immovable blockage. Instead, be careful and attempt stepping back and feeding the snake inside again. Also, be cautious about making the issue worse.
5. Hire a Profession
If all your efforts are to no avail, you need to hire a professional to do it for you. You would better pay a professional to unclog the toilet than pay the cost of repairing damaged pipes, which is higher.
Whichever method works for you, try it. If it fails, be sure to try all the other methods. Happy unclogging!