No one likes dealing with a blocked toilet drain, so many choose to hire professionals to get the job done.
However, knowing how to unclog a toilet can cut its maintenance costs in the long run. While the first instinct may be to flush it until it gets unclogged, try to resist this urge. You may end up with a toilet overflow mess to deal with!
To help you get the job done as quickly and effectively as possible, here are six steps to unclog toilets soon.
Let’s get right into how to unblock toilets, shall we?
6 Steps To Unblock A Toilet Drain
1. Identify The Toilet Clogs
Before you can do any work to unblock the pipes, the first step is identifying the source of the problem, if possible. Sometimes, the source of the blockage is not too deep in the clogged pipe and can be seen from the bowl.
In this case, get on your rubber gloves and pull them out. However, if you cannot see the source of the block, you may need to try alternative methods to get to its source.
2. Using Dishwasher Liquid
One of the most common methods of unblocking toilets is using a little dishwasher liquid and hot water. So, mix the two well in a bucket.
Once thoroughly mixed, pour the liquid dish soap solution inside the bowl from a considerable height and let it sit for a minute or two. It should work its way deeper into the pipes after some time and provide lubrication to unblock the source of the congestion.
3. Use A Plunger
Of course, a toilet plunger is a classic method of clearing blocked toilet. But don’t use any old plunger; using one with a flange at the base is important to create a completely sealed vacuum.
To effectively use the plunger, place it over the toilet bowl and insert it until it is fully submerged in the toilet water. Press it down slowly and firmly and repeat until the water pressure stabilises. Keep in mind that the plunger should properly seal the toilet hole to create the proper vacuum and pull the obstruction from the pipes. We suggest wearing rubber gloves while you do this.
4. Using A Hooked Coat Hanger
Although it is an unconventional method, you can use a coat hanger to clear out the blockage in the toilet. Unravel a wire coat hanger, and you will be left with a long hook that can reach deeper into the toilet to remove the congestion effectively.
What makes this technique so effective is the reach on offer. When the blockage is located between 5 and 10 cm inside the drain, a coat hanger should effectively reach the block and free the flow.
5. Using An Auger/ Drain Snake
If the source of the blocked toilet drain is more profound than the reach of the hanger, then you can use a specialised tool called a drill or a toilet snake. It is made of coiled wire and has a flexible design that can move along the complex shape of a toilet drain, making it practical to unblock any clogged pipes.
A spring-like shape can push and pull the blocked material at the end of the wire. The entire construction is made of durable metal, making it one of the most efficient methods to unblock a toilet when all else fails.
6. Using Enzyme-Based Chemicals
If you suspect the blockage’s source is made of organic matter, then an enzyme-based chemical drain cleaner effectively removes it. These chemicals break down organic material to free the pipes.
They can usually be found in any hardware store, but if you need a quick fix, it is possible to make your DIY alternative homemade drain cleaner: mix baking soda, vinegar, and hot water trick in a bucket to make it. This is better and safer for your pipes than regular drain cleaners.
Once your solution is ready, pour it into the bowl and allow it to work its way into the pipes. As the answer is quite strong, it should break down any solid matter in the pipes causing the blockage. Additionally, you should note that this solution is better suited for organic matter, and other objects or hair will not be affected by it. And make sure to flush the blocked toilet drains with boiling water afterwards.
Common Causes Of Blocked Toilets
- A build-up of toilet paper
- Toys and other objects children might have thrown in
- Food particles
- Sanitary napkins, menstrual pads, and tampons
- Cotton balls
- Baby wipes and diapers
As is clear from this list, flushing large materials is not the best idea if you want to keep your toilet free from blockage. However, the cause of the blocked drain is not always due to human error.
Other factors, such as tree roots growing in your piping system from the underground, can cause a badly clogged toilet. Air pressure is another factor that can lead to a blockage in your toilet, and such issues may require you to call professionals.
Unblocking Your Toilet Without A Professional
Now that you know a few alternatives to calling in a plumber, you are set to tackle any future toilet blockages.
A blocked toilet can bring daily life to a standstill if not dealt with promptly. Working to resolve a clogged drain and build-up in your pipes is the best way to deal with this problem as and when it occurs.
If none of these solutions is effective, it may be wise to employ professional help. The source of the blockage does not always have to be congestion in the pipes; you may also have issues in your plumbing system.
Of course, this should always be the last resort, as the cause of your problems may be as simple as some clogged toilet paper. Whatever the case, it is safe to say that you are more than ready for any obstacles that may pop up. Make sure to maintain your toilet drain to prevent future clogs.
With that, we will conclude our guide. Take care until we meet again!