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How To Unclog A Toilet – 4 Easy Ways

How To unclog a toilet

A clogged toilet happens, and to most of us it happens at the worse times.  How to unclog a toilet when this happens is normally the second thing that comes to mind. Whether you have a plunger or not, there are a few common household items easily found in the average Canadian home, that can help you get out of a clogged-up mess! Check out this quick list for a breakdown of Easy Ways to Unclog a Toilet:

Resist The Urge To Flush A Second Time

Before you embark on any of the other step, make sure that you resist the urge to repeatedly flush a clogged toilet! Not only can this cause the toilet to overflow, but it’s guaranteed to be rather ineffective. If you are lucky and the clogged toilet is not the result of a solid obstruction like toys or a hand towel,  the blockage should soften after about 15 minutes and become pliable enough to dislodge on the next flush.

Plunge, Plunge, Plunge

If the plumbing gods are on your side and you are lucky enough to have a plunger on hand, take a moment to run the plunger under hot water. This often-forgotten step helps to soften the rubber of the plunger to create a more effective seal against the toilet. Once you have created that tight seal, plunge firmly in an up and down motion so the vacuum you’ve created in the bowl can dislodge the mass from the trap way. After a dozen plunges, the clog should clear out!

Hot Water & Soap

If you ever find yourself without a plunger, give this process a try:

  • Remove as much water as you can from the toilet bowl
  • Saturate the bowl with a fair amount of soap of any kind (ex. slivers from a bar of soap, shampoo, hand soap etc.)
  • Let the sink or shower faucet run until the water is hot, and then proceed to pour enough hot water in the bowl to cover all the soap
  • Leave the bowl undisturbed for 15 – 20 minutes
  • Give it a flush and voila, it should unclog!

Baking Soda & Vinegar

The combination of baking soda and vinegar is the perfect combo for more than just elementary science experiments! To use it to unclog your toilet:

  • Remove as much water as you can from the toilet bowl
  • Pour 1 Cup of Baking Soda to 2 Cups of Vinegar directly within the toilet bowl
  • Let the bubbly mixture sit for 20 minutes
  • Give it a flush and you should find your toilet clog free!

The Snake

A toilet snake is an inexpensive tool that can be purchased at any hardware store. The good thing, is once you have it you will never need to purchase one again. It works by threading the device down your toilet and then turn the handle until the blockage is removed. Though this can make a bit of a mess it is much better than having to take your toilet off.

Prevention

It’s always best to avoid toilet clogs all together by being careful to avoid using an excessive amount of toilet paper, flushing between a few wipes, and ensuring that you prevent any unintentional solids to enter your toilet. If these steps above aren’t enough to get your toilet unclogged, or you find that your toilet is getting clogged quite regularly, this could be the result of a number of other reasons and may be time to enlist the help of a plumbing professional!

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