How to Unclog a Toilet That Won’t Flush

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

The Trusty Plunger Method

The most tried and true method for unclogging a toilet is using a plunger. But not just any plunger will do. It’s important to use a flange plunger that is specifically designed for toilet bowls. The rubber flange on the cup creates a better seal to build up the pressure necessary to dislodge the clog. Here’s how to use a plunger correctly:

  1. Make sure there’s some water in the bowl. If not, add water from the sink using a cup.
  2. Insert the plunger at an angle to ensure the flange goes into the hole at the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Pump the plunger up and down several times, being careful not to break the seal.
  4. After several plunges, pause to see if the water level is receding. If not, continue plunging. But if so, remove the plunger and flush to see if the clog is cleared.

No Plunger? No Problem!

While every home should have at least one plunger, you may not have gotten around to making this purchase yet after moving to a new place. Here are some alternative ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger.

Unclogging with Hot Water and Soap

Hot water and soap is a surprisingly effective alternative to a toilet plunger. This method works well for softer clogs that need a gentle push. Here’s what to do:

  1. Remove some water from the toilet bowl if it’s too full. Scoop the dirty water out of the bowl with an old cup and pour it in a nearby tub or shower drain.
  2. Pour a generous amount of dish soap or liquid detergent into the bowl. The soap helps lubricate the clog, making it easier for it to move through the pipes.
  3. Carefully pour a bucket of hot (not boiling) water from waist height into the bowl. The force of the water combined with the slippery soap should dislodge the clog.
  4. Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes, giving it time to work its magic.
  5. Try flushing. If the water clears, you’ve successfully unclogged your toilet!

The Baking Soda and Vinegar Method

Baking soda and vinegar is a potent mixture. Here’s how to attempt this eco-friendly method for unclogging toilets:

  1. 1Remove excess water from the bowl to prevent an overflow.
  2. Pour about a cup of baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, followed by two cups of white vinegar. The combination of baking soda and vinegar creates a fizzing action that breaks down the clog. Pour the vinegar slowly to minimize overflow from the fizzing reaction. 
  3. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for at least 20 minutes.
  4. After waiting, give the toilet a flush. If the water flows smoothly, your problem is solved. If not, try a different method or call a plumber for help.

How to Unclog Your Toilet with a Coat Hanger

This approach is particularly effective for clogs caused by foreign objects or dense materials. It involves making a homemade drain auger from an old coat hanger. Follow these steps:

  1. Unwind a wire coat hanger until it’s fairly straight.
  2. Wrap a small cloth around the end of the hanger and secure it with duct tape to protect your toilet bowl from scratches.
  3. Insert the wrapped end into the toilet and gently push it down the drain hole.
  4. Maneuver the hanger in different directions to dislodge the clog. Remember to be gentle to avoid damaging the porcelain or plumbing.
  5. After a few minutes of careful prodding and poking, remove the hanger and attempt a flush. If the water drains normally, you’re all set. If the problem persists, it may be time to call in the pros at Ӱ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

Trust Ӱ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Plumbing Needs in the U.S.

While the methods detailed above are effective for simple clogs, some situations call for professional help. If you’ve tried plunging or other techniques without success, call Ӱ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help. We understand how frustrating a clogged toilet and other plumbing problems can be in a home or business. That’s why our knowledgeable plumbers provide fast, long-lasting solutions. Leave the dirty work to us, and we’ll ensure your 100% satisfaction. To schedule our expert plumbing services in the U.S. and surrounding communities, call 866-397-3787 today!

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