If you do not have a plunger handy, there are other ways you can unblock your toilet using other methods. Having a clog in your toilet drain can create a world of issues for your household. Especially if you do not have a backup in your property.
A clogged toilet can occur due to a build up of toilet paper or if an item has been flushed down and is lodged inside the pipework. You can identify a problem with your toilet system with these indicators,
- Slow draining water
- Gurgling sound
- Water rises when you flush
- Strong odour coming from drain
Any of these can signify an obstructed pipeline or a collapsed water pipe in your property. These should not be ignored and taken care or fast to prevent major plumbing problems from growing.
What can I use if I don't have a plunger?
There are ways to clear a blockage in a drain without the use of a plunger. Below are some tips and methods on DIY toilet drain clearing.
Any slippery liquid will help lubricate the pipe and loosen the obstruction. Pour half a cup of standard dish soap or dishwashing liquid into the toilet bowl. You can also use a bar of soap, simply chop it up and place the pieces inside the toilet.
Boling water is great for softening and pushing any small items through the pipework. By pouring 1 bucket of boiling water into the toilet from your waits level, the pressure of the water should unstick whatever is causing the obstruction. Make sure your hands are protected from burns or scalds.
By unbending a coat hanger, you have created a makeshift hook or or 'poker' that can be used to push or move a stubborn item through your toilet pipes. Carefully but purposely push one end of the straightened wire into the bowl and through the opening. Once you have felt resistance, you have hit the obstruction and all you have to do is push until you can feel the debris move and clear itself.
How do you unblock a toilet naturally?
There is a way to have a clear toilet without having to exert yourself or use harmful chemicals. You can try using a baking soda and vinegar mixture.
All you need you can find in your pantry. Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar down the toilet bowl. Let the enzymes work their magic on the grease, food or built up toilet paper and break down the clog for you. Leave for over night and pour hot water down the toilet bowl. Flush the toilet and if the blockage is still there, try the method once more.
If you are still experiencing a blockage in your toilet or bathroom drains, we recommend contacting a trusted plumbing team that has experience in how to clear a toilet effectively and get your drains working in the best condition.
Fixed Today are your blocked drain experts ready to combat any stubborn blockage big and small.