When your toilet clogs or overflows, most people go into panic mode, looking for a simple solution. But what if you do not have a plunger available? There are a few ways to help eliminate the clog without using a plunger using items that you probably have in your home already.
No remedy is a one-size-fits-all all. Sometimes, a simple home remedy is all you need to remove the clog. Some clogs, however, require professionals to remove the clog and get your bathroom back to optimal working order. If you need assistance, call the professionals at DC Family Plumbing to help resolve your clog problem.
How to Unclog A Toilet Without a Plunger
Toilet clogs are not only an inconvenience but can result in damage to your floors and leave you with a smelly mess. Working quickly to minimize damage and get your bathroom back in working condition is important. If there is no plunger, or even if you have tried using a plunger and it has not worked, there are a few other things you might try.
Getting the overflow stopped is the most important thing you can do when your toilet clogs. You should bale the water out of the bowl and cut off the supply temporarily if the toilet is continuing to run. If your toilet has overflown onto your floor, clean and dry as soon as possible to minimize damage.
Try Hot Water
Often, hot water will help to dissolve some clogs. Simply get your tap water as warm as possible, or heat it on the stove. Use a substantial amount, such as a kettle or pitcher, and pour into the bowl from a standing position over the bowl. Do not use boiling water, which could damage or crack the porcelain bowl. Standing and pouring amplifies the weight and warmth of the water, but you must use enough, do not pour hot water into the bowl in cupfuls or small amounts, or you will not get the same effect. Pay attention to the water in the bowl. If you begin to see the water level go down, the clog may be loosening.
Baking Soda & Vinegar Mixture
If you find that the hot water did not take care of your toilet clog, you may want to try an old trick from elementary science class. Remove excess water from the bowl and add about a cup of baking soda. Add a cup or two of vinegar and let the mixture sit for thirty minutes or so. This will fizz up, and in most minor cases, clogs will be eliminated. You can add a little more hot water if needed.
When to Call the Professionals
If you have tried these clog-busters to no avail, it may be time to call the professionals. Sometimes, even when you think you have broken the clog, the toilet will continue to have clog and overflow issues, indicating a more serious issue. Sewer line clogs, dense compacted clogs, and many other issues require the expertise and equipment of a professional plumber. Our professional plumbers can diagnose your toilet clog and get your bathroom back in working order in no time.
The Advantages of Hiring Professionals for Toilet Clogs
When it comes to dealing with a clogged toilet, many people try to tackle the problem on their own. However, attempting to unclog a toilet without the proper tools and experience can often lead to making the problem worse, as well as possibly causing water damage. Hiring professionals for this type of job has several advantages.
Professional plumbers have the expertise and experience to diagnose toilet clogs accurately and make necessary repairs. They can identify the cause of the clog, whether it’s a foreign object, grease, or something else, and safely unclog it. Additionally, they have the necessary tools and equipment to clear any blockage without causing damage to pipes or fixtures.
It is always best to be safe rather than sorry when dealing with a clogged toilet. To avoid any potential damage, it is important to call in the professionals at the first sign of a blockage or if any DIY methods are unsuccessful.
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