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  • Writer's pictureGilad Ifrach

How can I unclog my toilet?

Unclogging a toilet can usually be done using a few straightforward methods:

1. Plunger

  1. Select the right plunger: A flange plunger works best for toilets.

  2. Create a seal: Ensure the plunger covers the hole completely.

  3. Plunge: Push down gently to avoid splashing, then pull up sharply. Repeat this process vigorously for several minutes.

2. Plumbing Snake (Auger)

  1. Insert the snake: Push the end of the snake into the toilet drain.

  2. Crank the handle: Rotate the handle to push the snake further down the drain and break up the clog.

  3. Pull back: Retrieve the snake and check if the clog is resolved.

3. Hot Water and Dish Soap

  1. Add dish soap: Squirt a generous amount of dish soap into the toilet bowl.

  2. Pour hot water: Heat a bucket of water (not boiling) and pour it from waist height into the bowl to create pressure.

  3. Wait and flush: Let it sit for a few minutes, then try flushing.

4. Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Add baking soda: Pour about a cup of baking soda into the toilet.

  2. Add vinegar: Follow with a cup of vinegar. The mixture will fizz and help break down the clog.

  3. Wait and flush: Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes, then flush.

5. Wet/Dry Vacuum

  1. Prepare the vacuum: Use a wet/dry shop vacuum, not a regular household vacuum.

  2. Set to liquids: Ensure the vacuum is set to vacuum liquids.

  3. Create a seal: Use the hose to create a seal over the drain.

  4. Suck out the clog: Turn on the vacuum to remove the clog.

6. Enzyme Waste Removal Product

  1. Choose an enzyme product: These are available at hardware stores.

  2. Follow instructions: Pour the recommended amount into the toilet and wait as directed.

  3. Flush: Check if the clog is resolved.

Safety and Tips:

  • Avoid using chemical drain cleaners: They can damage your pipes and the environment.

  • Use rubber gloves: To keep your hands clean and safe.

  • Ventilate the area: If using products with strong odors.

  • Call a professional: If the clog persists or if you are uncomfortable attempting these methods.

Regular maintenance and mindful flushing habits can help prevent future clogs.

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