How to Fix a Clogged Toilet

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On some occasions, all of us have gone through the uncomfortable situation of having a clogged toilet, it is HORRIBLE! But you should not feel any pain, because, looking for new cleaning tips and tricks, I discovered one that will change your life in seconds.

Let’s admit it; it has happened to all of us even once, having a clogged toilet can be a headache. In those cases, we have tried to get the “tide” down repeatedly using everything, but NOTHING has worked. Believe it or not, fixing a clogged toilet can actually be much easier than you think, although you have to know some techniques and know-how to carry them out.

The point is that it is a slightly uncomfortable situation and that professionals tend to charge a lot when it comes to fixing a clogged toilet. For this reason, in this article, we will take the opportunity to teach you how to fix a clogged toilet with different tricks for which you will not need anything more than what you have in your house. Take note!

Precautions before trying to fix a clogged toilet

  • Prepare the bath. To avoid splashing water, put some paper towels or even newspaper on your floor to absorb the liquid when fixing a clogged toilet. You will thank it later, as it will make cleaning easier later. It would be best to open the window to lessen foul odors.
  • You can also put on old clothes and rubber gloves, because it can get messy.

Tricks to fix a clogged toilet:

Here are some techniques that can help you quickly unclog a toilet by yourself avoiding calling a professional plumber, helping you save time and money.

using a plunger

1) Using a plunger

The plunger or suction cup is the most used utensils in this hard work of fixing a clogged toilet. Thanks to the vacuum manually caused by the rubber and the pressure, it helps to suck any object that is clogging the pipe or the toilet’s bottom.

Many people say that it is useless, but the problem lies in the misuse of said device, so pay attention to know how to use it correctly:

  • You must first determine if you can remove what is obstructing your toilet. But first, if you can see what is causing the blockage and remove it by yourself from the toilet, do so. If you can’t but maybe you know that something non-organical is clogging it (like a child’s toy), don’t use the plunger and use another method.
  • Clear the toilet’s surroundings and cover the floor with paper or some plastic to protect it from splashes or debris that may come out.
  • Lift the lid and protector and insert the plunger at a 45 angle into the entire hole where the water drains. The edges of the plunger must be correctly sealed with the surroundings of the drain.
  • Push and pull the plunger in your toilet’s hole. Start slowly, as the first movement will send air into the cup. Press in, then quickly remove to dislodge the toilet clog. Continue to push and pull vigorously until you see the water draining.
  • You will likely have to do it 15 to 20 times. Be patient, as this method will suffice in most cases. It may not take effect right away, but it usually works if you try several times.
  • Pull the chain and see if the water drains perfectly. If, after using the plunger, you get the bowl to drain water, but the blockage still slows a free flow, put the plunger in the hole, and refill it with water until the usual level, and then use the plunger again. For the toughest obstructions, you may have to repeat it a few times.
enzyme debris remover

2) Using products with enzymes

Buy an enzyme debris remover to fix a clogged toilet. These enzymes work by breaking down the waste.

Typically, this type’s products can be purchased at or near your home supply store, plumbing aisle. It is preferable to use products with enzymes for waste removal instead of chemicals for cleaning drains, as they will not harm of the environment or your pipes.

This method will not work solid objects as toys. When you get this cleanser, follow the instructions for use on the packaging carefully. These products generally recommend waiting overnight for enzymes to take effect on the blockage. The toilet must drain after removing the blockage.

unclogging toilet with plastic wrap

3) With plastic wrap or adhesive tape

Not many people knows this trick, but is very efficient to help water drain all the surface obstruction from a clogged toilet. In the case of excess paper that does not allow water to circulate or any other object outside the drain, it can be removed with the help of the pressure created inside the protective layer of plastic wrap or adhesive tape:

  • Lift the lid and the toilet bowl.
  • Clean the outer and upper edges that come into contact with the protector with the help of toilet paper or a towel; they are probably wet.
  • After they are thoroughly dried, start laying pieces of plastic wrap end to end or thick duct tape until you create a protective layer without any leaks with such materials.
  • When all the plastic wrap is perfectly placed, pull the chain so that the suction bulges the protection.
  • When creating such a suction, use both hands to press down on the plastic wrap or tape. The force created by this will push the obstructing object down.

4) with a product unclogs chemical pipes

If you still have a clogged toilet, you must try a drain opener. To use this product,, you will need to use rubber gloves to protect yourself, and follow the instructions carefully.

  • You can get them at most grocery stores, hardware stores, and hypermarkets. The chemicals used in chemicals cleaners are toxic and, also corrosive to pipes and very harmful to the environment, so try other options before this one.
  • You must use only those products that are specifically designed for unclogging toilets. Using a different product can damage your toilet.
  • Follow the instructions to avoid getting intoxicated or using the product in an ineffective way.