Toilet clogs are a problem in modern homes even with good plumbing. Although a toilet refusing to flush can be annoying, it doesn’t have to cause a huge problem or cost you a lot to fix. There are five ways to get the clog out so that you don’t have to think about toilet repair for a long time.
1. The tried and true method: Use a plunger
Although it’s not the most advanced, a plunger is still your best option for a blocked toilet. It is important to choose the right type of plunger for your job. A toilet plunger is better than a sink plunger. These plungers are cylindrical in shape and have a cylindrical sleeve that comes out the bottom. The sleeve is designed to fit into the drain hole in the toilet bowl.
2. Snake It!
Sometimes, plunging is not enough to clear clogged toilets. You may consider using a snake instead. The snake is a long, semi-rigid coil made of wire with a corkscrew tip. There are many toilet snakes available, but the best option is the closet or toilet auger. This is designed to get around the turns of a toilet bowl. Professional plumbers use variants of this tool to get the job done as efficiently as possible.
3. Get the hang of it
You don’t need a snake or an auger, but you can still get the same results by simply unwinding a wire hanger. To act as a hook, you can leave the bend of the hanger unwound. However, you might want to cover it with electrical tape or duct paper to protect the porcelain surface of your toilet. The unwound hook end of the hanger should be pushed down the drain first. Once the clog is cleared, you can work the drain back and forth until it clears. Rubber gloves are a good option to keep your hands clean. However, there is a downside to this method. It could get messy and the results are not always what you would want. Call a Myrtle Beach plumber for more consistent results.
4. Soap up
Chemical methods might be a better option than mechanical methods to remove clogs. This is the easiest way to do it. Simply pour 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent into a bowl. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, so it can travel through the water. Then rinse the clog with very hot water, just below the boiling point. A plumber would know what to do in tight situations. Usually, a plumbing contractor would bring a set of chemicals to use for unclogging pipes and toilets.
5. Create a Clog-Clearing recipe
You can find more help for clogs in your kitchen with the tried-and-true duo of vinegar and baking soda. This can cause a fizzy reaction so you might want to drain some water from the toilet bowl if it is full to the rim. You may also need to place some towels around the base of the toilet to catch any spillover. Next, add one cup of baking soda to the bowl. Let it work for approximately half an hour. You can then flush the toilet with hot water.
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