Unclog a Toilet


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Unclogging toilets is undoubtedly not going to be one of your most enjoyable chores, so we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to unclogging a toilet to help you get the task over with as quickly and simply as possible! Why call a plumber to unclog your toilet when you can unclog a toilet yourself!

Toilets are usually clogged up and blocked by awkward items being flushed down such as nappies, towels or children’s toys but more often or not it is caused by just too much toilet paper.

If you suspect your toilet is blocked and clogged up, don’t keep flushing, this will only serve in overflowing it and causing even more work for you.

There are multiple way to unclog a toilet yourself. It depends what tools you have available to assist. Most common ways are

Unclog a toilet with a plunger
Unclog a toilet with a coat hanger
Unclog a toilet with a plumbers snake
Unclog a toilet with chemicals
Unclog a toilet with a wet vac
Unclog a toilet with baking soda

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Before you start trying to unclog your toilet-

Turn off the water to the toilet at the wall. This will minimize the likelihood of the toilet overflowing. Keep the toilet from overflowing. If your toilet doesn’t flush properly after one flush, don’t flush again. This will cause more water to be pumped into the toilet bowl. Instead, take the lid off of the toilet tank and close the toilet flapper. Closing the flapper will keep more water from entering the bowl.The water in the tank isn’t dirty, so it’s fine to stick your hand inside to close the flapper. The flapper looks like a circular drain stopper attached to a chain.

Protect the floor with old towels or newspaper. In case splashing occurs, place newspapers or paper towels on the floor to soak up liquid. The paper will make for easier cleanup later.
Make sure the room is well-ventilated. Stagnant water can produce gases that smell bad and shouldn’t be inhaled, and strong chemicals can, too!

If the clog is serious, put on a pair of rubber gloves. Toilets are unsanitary, but a good pair of rubber cleaning gloves will protect you from any germs within. Choose gloves that reach up to your elbows.

If you can see the cause of the clog, reach in and remove it from the toilet if possible. If you can’t clear it with your hands, but you know there’s an object (such as a child’s toy) causing the clog, get started with one of the methods.

Unblocking a toilet with a plunger
Unblocking a toilet with a coat hanger
Unblocking a toilet with a plumbers snake
Unblocking a toilet with chemicals
Unblocking a toilet with a wet vac
Unblocking a toilet with baking soda

Good Luck and happy unclogging your toilet. If the problem persists, please give a qualified local Plumber to use their specialist tools to clear the toilet.

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How to Unclog a Toilet With a Plunger


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How to Unclog a Toilet With a Plunger. Simple instructions that work! For many clogged toilets, you only need one special tool— a plunger.

If you don’t already have one, you should try to get one with an extension flange on the rubber bell-shaped end, like in the photo above. It’s made to fit toilets better so you can deliver more power and suction to the plunge.

A slow flushing toilet means that your toilet drain is either partly or completely clogged. A toilet that’s completely clogged and not draining its going to overflow. If it doesn’t drain, don’t flush it. Either way, give the water level in the toilet bowl some time to drop. Once the level has dropped, grab your plunger and get started!

How to Unclog a Toilet With a Plunger

Step 1.
Run the toilet plunger under hot water to s often it up so it creates a better seal around the bowl.

Step 2.
Make your first plunge a soft and slow one. The plunger is going to be full of air. If you can’t get it to make a seal, wrap an old towel around the bottom of the plunger but make sure it doesn’t go down the hole and make the block worse. A hard push will force the air back around the seal and blow water all over the bathroom and possibly all over you! Place the plunger so it covers the hole at the bottom of the toilet.

Step 3.
Once you slowly force out the air, thrust the plunger in and out, trying to maintain the seal and keep the plunger under the water level. You’ll be forcing water both directions in the drain pipe, which will loosen most clogs or obstructions. Keep plunging the toilet. If its a build up of soft material that is clogging the toilet, it should break down within 30 – 50 plunges and the blockage will clear.

Step 4.
Keep enough water in the bowl so the plunger stays covered. Trying to force air through the toilet trap won’t generate much pressure.

Step 5.
Pull the plunger up quickly after giving some vigorous toilet plunging. If you have cleared the clogged toilet, the water should go down in the bowl. If not, try again. It may take a few tries.

If plunging doesn’t work, you may want to try;

Unclog a toilet with a plumbers snake
Unclog a toilet with chemicals
Unclog a toilet with a wet vac
Unclog a toilet with baking soda

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How to Unclog a toilet with a Plumbing Snake


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If plunging the clogged toilet won’t remove the blockage, or the toilet still won’t flush away quickly, try a ‘plumbers snake’ or ‘drain Auger’.

There are various designs, but they are all very similar in their use. Plumbers auger, plumber snake, closet auger or drain auger, they are all generally designed to clear the toilet through to the drain pipe under or behind the toilet. A drain snake/plumbers snake (Picture above)/drain auger (Picture Below) is a long wire coil with a corkscrew-like tip that you feed into your pipes. Then you turn the snake clockwise, so that the tip screws into or through the clog and breaks up the clog. Sometimes whatever is causing the clog winds onto the wire so you can pull it back out.

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Plumbers Auger

One thing to be aware of. Even the cheapest plumbers-snake or drain-auger will likely unclog a toilet, however cheap plumber snakes and drain augers are made from rough cut stainless and can scratch you toilet bowl. Always buy quality.

How to Unclog a toilet with a Plumbing Snake or Auger

Step 1.
Uncoil the the wire end of the plumber snake and lower the end into the clogged toilet. Some bowls drain to the front and some drain to the rear, which can be seen simply by looking into the bowl. Most drain to the rear.

Step 2.
Keep extending the wire into the toilet pipe until you hit the clog.

Step 3.
Twist and move the snake/auger in one direction until is becomes tight then twist in the other direction. Repeat this until the plumbers snake or auger is in as far as it will go.Twist the wire until you feel the clog has been moved or cleared.

Step 4.
Pull the plumbers snake or auger out of the toilet. If it gets stuck push and pull gently or turn a twist back and forth while gently pulling up. Don’t force the auger or you may break the toilet bowl.

Step 5.
If the water seems to be draining away, go ahead and try flushing the toilet. Repeat until the water flushes normally.

If using a plumbers snake or drain auger does not work, the clog in your toilet is further down the pipe and you will need to consult a local plumber

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How to Unclog a toilet with a coat hanger


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If you have first used the toilet plunger method and found that it hasn’t worked, there is another way of unblocking the toilet. Unclogging a toilet with a coat hanger generally only works if the blockage is within a the first few inches of the toilet bends. Any further in the toilet bend than that and you should look at alternatives.

How to Unclog a toilet with a coat hanger

It’s not the most effective way to unclog a toilet, but it is a quick & simple way to unclog or grab the kids toys that are stuck in the plumbing before you resort to more costly ways to unclog your toilet.

Step 1.
Find yourself a wire coat hanger. It must be wire, as these are flexible and can be straightened easily.

Step 2.
Unravel the coat hanger so that it is straight. Leave the hook at one end.

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Step 3.
Feed it down the u-bend of the toilet and move the wire around in a circular motion until the blockage has been removed. Use the ‘hook’ of the coat hanger to grab at any items that are lodged in the toilet u-bend and pull them out.

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As another option, wrap one end of the coat hanger with a rag and tap it in place. You can use this to push any clogs or toilet blockages past the u-bend. If you can feel the obstruction in the toilet pipe, push against it. Keep going until the water begins to drain. Give it a few flushes after its been cleared.

If unclogging a toilet with a coat hanger fails to remove the clog, then use a flexible cleaning aid such as the ‘Plumbers snake’ or call your local plumber.

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Unclogging Toilets without a plunger


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So you have tried but failed to;

Unclog a toilet with a plunger
Unclog a toilet with a coat hanger
Unclog a toilet with a plumbers snake

There are various other methods for unclogging toilets. If you’re in any doubt about how to proceed, or you’ve made no progress by following the step on this website, it’s time to call out a plumber. Unclogging Toilets without a plunger –

How to unclog a toilet with baking soda and vinegar

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You may have heard at some stage in your life how to Unclog A Drain With Baking Soda and Vinegar. This old wives tale has some truth and does work for some small clogs, but I wouldn’t rely too much on this method. If you have nothing to lose, give it a go!

Step 1.
Pour a pot of hot water down your toilet. ( not boiling water as it may crack the toilet bowl)

Step 2.
Add about 1/2 cup of baking soda. straight into the hot water Let that sit for a few minutes.

Step 3.
Once the baking soda looks dissolved, pour in 1 cup vinegar on top of the baking soda solution.

Step 4.
Let the baking soda & vinegar sit for a minute then pour in another pot of hot water. The solution will bubble away

Step 5.
Let it sit for a few hours. See if the toilet flushes normally. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to try another method

Why this works: The hot baking soda and vinegar mix will loosen up any greasy residue or soft toilet tissue that’s at the bottom of your toilet.

How to unclog a toilet with a Wet Vacuum

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If you have access to a wet/dry vacuum you can try to suck out the clog for the toilet. Be sure you use a wet vacuum! Using a normal one may kill you! If your not sure, dont do it!

Step 1.

Empty the water out of the toilet bowl using the wet vacuum.

Step 2.

Place the end of the wet vacuum hose into the toilet evacuation pipe. Push it in as far as it will go without breaking any attachments. The further in the better
Step 3.
Wrap a wet towel around the hose to create a seal around the drain. (Wet towels create a better seal)
Step 4.
Turn the wet vacuum on and suck! Hopefully it will remove the clog quickly and easily.

 How to unclog a toilet with Chemicals

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This is the last step you should try before calling out a plumber. Only use this method if you’re sure the blockage is organic, not a plastic or metal object. Read the instructions on the label carefully and be sure to take any necessary safety precautions. The chemicals used in drain cleaners are toxic to people, pets and generally anything living. It will be corrosive to pipes and very damaging to the environment.

Be sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and pour the correct amount of chemical into the toilet. Keep the lid down to prevent toxic fumes from filling your bathroom. Never use a plunger right after adding the drain-cleaning chemicals. The chemicals could possibly splash back up into your eyes, face or skin. Make sure the bathroom is well ventilated so you won’t inhale the chemicals.

Step 1.
Add toilet unclogging chemical as per instruction.

Step 2.
Wait and see. After some time has passed, check to see if the water will go down. If it doesn’t you’ll have to wait a little longer.

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If the toilet clog resists all your efforts and you have followed our advice, the problem is likely further down in the main sewer pipes, often out of easy reach. For those clogs you may have to find a plumber.

WE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR IF YOU TRY ANY OF THE ABOVE TOILET UNCLOGGING METHODS. YOU TRY THESE AT YOUR OWN PERIL