Toilet troubles? Let’s talk about when a DIY fix is possible and when it might be time to call a pro.
We’ve all been there – that moment of panic when you flush the toilet, and instead of the reassuring whoosh of water, you’re met with a rising tide that just won’t go down. A clogged toilet is a common household woe, but the good news is that many times, you can tackle the problem yourself. In this blog post, we’ll discuss different ways to try and unclog your toilet, and when it might be time to call in the professional plumbers.
The Plunger Method:
When it comes to unclogging a toilet, the plunger is your trusty sidekick. Here’s how to use it effectively:
- Start by making sure there’s enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger head.
- Place the plunger in the bowl, ensuring a good seal around the drain hole.
- Push and pull with firm, steady pressure, creating a suction effect. This should dislodge the clog.
- Repeat if necessary, but don’t go overboard. If the toilet remains stubbornly clogged after a few attempts, it might be time to consider other methods.
The Boiling Water Trick:
If you suspect the clog is due to something like toilet paper or organic matter, pouring a bucket of hot (not boiling) water directly into the toilet bowl may do the trick. Here’s how:
- Boil a pot of water, and let it cool slightly to avoid cracking the porcelain.
- Carefully pour the hot water into the bowl from waist height.
- Wait for the water level to go down. If it doesn’t, try a different method.
Baking Soda and Vinegar:
This classic combo can work wonders on mild clogs. Follow these steps:
- Add one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl.
- Let the mixture sit for about 10-15 minutes.
- Follow up with hot water if the clog seems to be breaking up.
A Toilet Auger:
If the clog is deeper in the pipes, a toilet auger, also known as a closet auger, might be your best bet. Here’s how to use it:
- Extend the auger’s cable into the drain hole and turn the handle to break through the clog.
- Be gentle, as excessive force can damage your toilet.
Sometimes, despite your best DIY efforts, the toilet remains stubbornly clogged. In these situations, it’s wise to reach out to a professional plumber. Here are some signs that it’s time to make the call:
- If the clog is recurrent, it could be a sign of a more extensive plumbing issue.
- If water is backing up into other drains in your home, this is a red flag.
- If you suspect a foreign object or a serious obstruction is causing the clog.
- When you’ve tried multiple methods, and nothing seems to be working.
If you’ve tried unclogging your toilet with no success, we’re here to help! Quality Comfort provides residential plumbing services to Cincinnati and all surrounding areas. You can book online anytime or give us a text or call at 513-620-4822.