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How to Unclog a Toilet

Published 4 months ago on May 15, 2020
By Lifehack Lane
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A toilet clog can be such a pain in the neck. It is enough to ruin your entire day. It is mostly caused by the build-up of minerals, paper, and other types of debris drainage pipes that can result in blockage or restrictions. It is not something that occurs out of nowhere as it builds-up over time unless you flush some unwanted material.

The blockage of the drainage can result in a lot of mess and can be challenging to fix. The worst part about unclogging a blocked drain is deciding on a method that is not messy. Several chemical products in the market can fix the solution in no time. However, they are quite dangerous.

For this reason, most people prefer natural unclogging solutions. They are comfortable and instrumental. Below are some of the top 5 solutions

Using a toilet plunger

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This is the most basic method of unclogging the bathroom. Use a plunger with a flange as it is more effective when it comes to unclogging the bathroom. Note that flat plungers work better for grains and showers.

All you need to do is place the plunger in the bowl and push it down gently. The first push helps to get rid of the air. Therefore, make sure that the drive is gentle because too much force will result in an unpleasant splash. After the first push, you create an incredible seal, and you can now proceed to pump the plunger up and down forcefully. Make sure to maintain the seal and not allow air in before pulling up the plunger.

Maintain the motion for a while then break the air seal by pulling the plunger up. At this point, you should see the water rushing down the drain. If this does not happen, repeat the process and watch what happens. The plunger helps to loosen the clog hence allowing it to pass through the drain.

Using a plumbing snake

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Like a regular plunger, a plumbing snake is a must-have household tool. Conventional plumbing snakes are not adequately designed to protect your bowl surface from scratches and damages, especially if the surface is made from porcelain. Therefore, you might want to invest in a special one referred to as auger or closet snake.

An auger comes with a rubber coating that helps to protect it from damages like scratches. To unclog the drain, start by placing the head of the auger in the bowl. Proceed to turn the handle in a clockwise direction slowly. If you experience some resistance, you should wind the snake backwards.

After a while, the clog should begin to loosen. Remove the snake and flush. If the clog persists, you rewind the snake in the bathroom and repeat it until the clog is broken up, and it flushes effortlessly.

Using boiling water

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This is the easiest way to unclog the drainage. However, it is only applicable if you have a blockage that does not involve standing water. All you have to do is boil water and pour it inside the bowl. You will need between 1 and 4 gallons of boiling water. You will also need some protective gear that will protect you from possible burn risks.

The boiled water tends to loosen the debris that may be causing the blockage. Make sure to aim at the bottom of the bowl. Also, pour the water in a slow and steady stream. While this method is quite easy, it also has its cons. The main drawback is the fact that boiling water can loosen PVC pipe joints.

Therefore, make sure your pipes are made of metal or PVC before using this method. Also, watch out for water backups. If they happen, stop pouring the water until there is a drop in the water levels. The amount of water you use depends on the results.

Using a combination of vinegar and baking soda

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Vinegar and baking soda are must have household-cleaning substances. They can be used to unclog the kitchen sink, tank, and other purposes. Vinegar is a handy cleaning tool because it is mildly acidic. The product tends to eat away at any build up and debris. It also acts as a disinfectant, which makes it a great cleaning product for the bathroom. Researchers refer to vinegar as a green cleaner.

When vinegar is combined with baking soda, it amplifies its strength as a cleaning agent. The resulting solution can be used to unblock drains. You will need at least 2 cups of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda. A pot of boiling water is also required. You will also need a pair of rubber gloves to protect you from harm from the chemicals.

Once you have the products, you can proceed to pour the boiling water into the bowl. The water will help to clear as much debris as possible. Let the water level drop then you can proceed to pour the baking soda into the bowl. Let the baking soda sit in the bathroom for at least 30 minutes. Afterwards, you can continue to flood the vinegar into the bowl. Let the combination rest in the bowl for at least 30 minutes then add more hot water into the bowl. However, the water should not be boiled this time. It should just be warm because hot water would react with the combination. Finally, you can mask the smell of vinegar using your essential oil of choice.

Using Coca-Cola

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If the methods above do not work, look no further but your fridge. Like vinegar, Coca-Cola is mildly acidic. Therefore, it helps to eat through stubborn clogs and mineral deposits that may be the blockage's cause.

You will need a twenty-ounce bottle of Coke, a pair of rubber gloves for protection, and a bucket of hot water. The water will help clear up as much debris as possible before proceeding with the rest of the process.

Pour the drink inside the bowl and let it sit overnight. In the morning, pour water into the bowl and flush it. The clog should be non-existent.

Final Word

If the DIY methods do not cut it, you can now proceed to call a plumber. You also know it is time to call a plumber if your DIY solutions do not permanently fix the problem. For instance, if the problem comes after every few days.

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