Tips to Fix a Clogged Toilet that Won’t Flush

We’ve all been there—you flush the toilet, and instead of everything swirling down the drain as it is supposed to, the water level starts rising dangerously. A clogged toilet can be a real problem, especially if you’re not sure how to tackle it. Fortunately, unclogging a toilet is a skill anybody can master. This guide from the plumbing specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will walk you through a few practical methods to unclog a toilet that won’t flush, helping you feel prepared the next time you face this common household task.

The Reliable Plunger Trick

The most common strategy for unclogging a toilet is with a plunger. But not just any plunger will do. It’s crucial to use a flange plunger that is specifically fashioned for toilet bowls. The rubber flange on the cup forms a better seal to build up the pressure needed to dislodge the clog. Here’s how to use a plunger correctly:

    1. Make sure there’s at least some water in the bowl. If not, add water from the sink using a cup.
    1. Place the plunger at an angle to be sure the flange goes into the hole at the bottom of the bowl.
    1. Raise the plunger up and down several times, being mindful not to break the seal.
    1. After several plunges, wait a few seconds and watch to see if the water starts going down. If not, resume plunging. But if the bowl is draining, lift out the plunger and flush to see if the clog is cleared.

How to Fix a Clogged Toilet Without a Plunger

While your residence should have at least one plunger, you may not have one handy at the moment. Here are some alternative methods to unclog a toilet with no plunger.

Remove a Toilet Clog with Hot Soap and Water

Hot water and soap is an incredibly great stand-in for a toilet plunger. This strategy works best for softer clogs that need a light push. Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Take out some water from the toilet bowl if it’s too full. Scoop the dirty water out of the bowl with an old cup and dump it in your tub or shower drain.
    1. Add a large amount of dish soap or liquid detergent into the bowl. The soap helps lubricate the clog, making it easier for it to push along the pipes.
    1. Carefully pour a bucket of hot (not boiling) water from waist height into the bowl. The force of the water coupled with the slippery soap should dislodge the clog.
    1. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for roughly 20 minutes, giving it time to work its magic.
    1. Try flushing. If the water clears, you’ve effectively unclogged your toilet!

Unclog Your Toilet with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar is a potent combination. Here’s how to try this environment-friendly tool for unclogging toilets:

    1. 1Transfer excess water from the bowl to protect against an overflow.
    1. Pour about a cup of baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, then pour in two cups of white vinegar. The combination of baking soda and vinegar produces a fizzing action that breaks down the clog. Add the vinegar slowly to minimize overflow from the fizzing reaction.
    1. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for at least 20 minutes.
    1. After waiting, give the toilet a flush. If the water flows smoothly, your problem is fixed. If not, try a different method or call a plumber for help.

Unclog Your Toilet with a Coat Hanger

This approach is particularly effective for clogs caused by foreign objects or heavy materials. It consists of making a do-it-yourself drain auger from an old coat hanger. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial:

    1. Unwind a wire coat hanger until it’s fairly straight.
    1. Wrap a little bit of cloth around the end of the hanger and secure it with duct tape to guard your toilet bowl from scratches.
    1. Put the wrapped end into the toilet and carefully push it into the drain hole.
    1. Maneuver the hanger in many directions to dislodge the clog. Keep in mind you need to be gentle to avoid scratching the porcelain or plumbing.
    1. After a few minutes of careful prodding and poking, remove the hanger and try flushing the toilet. If the water drains away, you’re all set. If the problem won’t go away, it may be time to call in the professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

Count on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Plumbing Needs in the U.S.

While the strategies detailed above are effective for simple clogs, some situations call for professional support. If you’ve tried plunging or other tactics without success, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help. We understand how inconvenient a clogged toilet and other plumbing problems can be in a home or business. That’s why our seasoned plumbers provide speedy, lasting solutions. Let us do the hard work, and we’ll ensure your 100% satisfaction. To schedule our professional plumbing services in the U.S. and neighboring communities, call 866-397-3787 today!

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