I’m facing an issue with my toilet as you can see below.
Anyone can guess what shall happen if I try using a plunger here, this mess shall obviously splash around and possibly close my appetite for a week.
As a routine to reduce high water bills caused by flushing the toilet constantly, we set a routine to flush our toilet after it has been used at least 3 times. So you can imagine by the time it’s flushed there’s always a lot of waster accumulated in the bowl. Today after using the toilet, I flushed but the water didn’t go down and instead mixed with all the accumulated waste and filled the toilet and now everything is a mess. My plunger has a short handle and sinks to the bottom when I try using it. I’m now stuck on the possible way I could make this mess go down the drain. I believe the clog isn’t that serious and don’t plan on calling a plumber. Has anyone here faced this situation in the past? How did you unclog a full toilet without using a plunger?
Thanks in advance guys.
Hi, sorry fo your situation. I understand how frustrating it can be but the good news is that a blocked toilet can be unblocked without necessarily using a plunger.A toilet can be unclogged by adding vinegar and baking soda to the toilet bowl. The first step is to add 1-2 cups of baking soda on average to the toilet bowl. You then wait for 10-15 minutes and then add a cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl. After doing this, wait for 30 minutes on average for the substances to take effect. When the time lapses, try flushing down the toilet.
Another effective way of unclogging your toilet without using a plunger is by using hot water and dish soap. The first step is to cut a piece of dish soap and place it in the toilet bowl. Let the bar soap settle for about 20 minutes. This is enough time for the dish soap to soften and dissolve. Heat up to 5 jugs of water. Transfer the water to a container when still hot and pour the water gently into the toilet. Try flushing down the toilet. There are other ways of unclogging the toilet without a plunger but these methods are too harsh and end up destroying the toilet ceramic. These are, therefore, the safest ways of unclogging the toilet without using a plunger.
Ofcourse using a plunger is old school and messy. What irritates me most when using a plunger to unclog such a full toilet is the splutter and splash of poo that might land on me.
The best easy, clean, cheap and safe way to unclog a toilet without a plunger nowadays is using a plastic wrap. In case you don’t have a plastic wrap at home, you can get quality plastic wraps from Amazon here. Once you have a plastic wrap follow the steps below to unblock your toilet easily.
How To Unblock A Clogged Toilet By Yourself Using A Plastic Wrap
- Wear protective gear to avoid contamination. This involves wearing gloves, a face mask and goggles.
- Wipe dry the edges of the top of your toilet seat using toilet paper so that the plastic wrap can stick.
- Once it’s dry, now wrap the plastic wrap to cover the top of your toilet bowl like in the picture below.
3. Now flush the toilet and watch it unblock easily. In case it does not get unclogged with a single flush, just flush again untill enough pressure builds up to force any material that is blocking the toilet down the drain.
- Dish soap and hot water should be added liberally to the toilet bowl before adding hot (but not boiling) water. Allow the liquid to remain for a while so that the soap can lubricate the obstruction. Once the blockage is removed, try flushing the toilet to confirm.
- Starting with a cup or two of baking soda in the toilet bowl, add vinegar. One to two cups of vinegar should then be added to the bowl gently. The mixture will cause a chemical reaction that can aid in clearing the obstruction. Allow it to rest for at least 30 minutes, and then flush the toilet to see whether the obstruction has been removed.
- Toilet Brush or Straightened Wire Hanger: If the obstruction is close to the toilet bowl’s entrance, you might be able to remove it by using a toilet brush or a straightened wire hanger. Be cautious not to harm the porcelain as you gently push and twist the brush or hanger into the obstruction. Try flushing the toilet once you notice that the clog is releasing.
Toilet cleansers that use enzymes to break down organic waste and unclog small obstructions might be useful. Before attempting to flush the toilet, follow the directions on the cleaner’s container and allow it some time to operate.
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