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How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

One of the most common home occurrences is a clogged toilet. Sometimes too much toilet paper goes down the pot, or the pipes are getting old. Whatever the reason, you will have to find a way to unclog it. Sometimes a plunger won’t even do the trick. Let’s look at some of the best ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger.

Use Dish Soap and Hot Water

Often a toilet just needs its contents to be jostled around a bit before it can thoroughly unclog and get back to business. Try using some of the most basic items in your bathroom, like soap and hot water.

The higher temperatures will loosen whatever is stopping the toilet from flushing, and the soap will moisten the environment so that the water can flush through the small hole that is probably tinier than whatever is causing the clog.

An important thing to remember is that any water put down your toilet should be just below boiling. Water that’s too hot can crack the porcelain finish on the toilet. Another thing to keep in mind, don’t try this trick before you take enough water out of the bowl to allow for space.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar are some of the most versatile substances in your pantry. If you’re feeling dubious about hot water and dish soap, baking soda and vinegar is your next best option.

This will work quite similarly to the hot water and soap. When mixed together, baking soda and vinegar starts to bubble. This bubbly mixture helps dislodge any existing backups and force movement of anything else that could be blocking your pipes. Just remember to empty at least half the water from the toilet bowl before trying this. Anything too full could cause a small flood.

Use a Brush if you Don’t Have a Plunger

In some instances, the brush you use to scrub the toilet can be used in place of a plunger. The point is to use something with hard bristles but flexible movements so that it can clear the pathways inside the toilet while scraping away anything that may be stuck to the sides of the toilet hole.

Toilet brushes are some of the most sold accessories in hardware stores, therefore you have many options. Some brushes contort to the shape of the toilet bowl, which will allow you to twist and turn to get in all the nooks and crannies.

How to Prevent a Toilet Clog

The best way to fix a toilet is by not clogging it up in the first place. Though this may sound inconvenient, we don’t recommend putting anything down the toilet except for toilet tissue. Even trying a three or four-ply paper could prevent problems for older toilets and underpowered flushers.

It can be tempting to flush small objects like dental floss, cotton balls, or swabs for your ears, but you never know when one of these things can get caught. When caught in the toilet trap, they can create a clog that will leave you scratching your head and wondering what to do next.

Never put any objects that won’t break up in water down the hole. Paper towels are also a no-go because they absorb water and don’t dissolve like toilet paper. Also, a hanger or a brush is not going to do much to unclog a toilet, they can usually do more harm than good.

Call a Plumber if Nothing is Working

It may seem embarrassing that you can’t get your toilet unclogged without calling for help but seeing if a professional can come check out your clog will pay off if the price is right.

Many people fear that a service call will charge them several hundred dollars, so shop around before settling for a plumber that will overcharge you for something that will only take a few minutes to resolve.

Many companies know that they can gain the upper hand with their competitors if they charge reasonable prices for their services, so do your research, and you will be in luck to solve your issue that you have been trying to unclog for hours. Save your time and call for help, especially if all the above options have run out.

Stay Calm and Flush On

The most important thing to remember when trying to unclog your toilet without a plunger is to stay calm and don’t overreact. Whatever you try to do, if you get too frustrated, then the whole thing will fall apart and get even worse.

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