How to Unclog a Toilet Fast

How to Unclog a Toilet

Choked Drain Pipes Leaving You Breathless?

Arrgh, my drain is backed up in my toilet again! So what are some easy home remedies for opening clogged drains in your bathroom? Well, the quickest and easiest thing to do is grab your typical plunger. The process is pretty straightforward, you know the drill. What you don’t want to do however, is to vigorously plunge up and down like a jack hammer.

The most effective way to clear your drain is to cover the drain opening completely with the bell-shaped head of the plunger and push down firmly but gently, then come up quickly and forcefully creating suction.

Normally the suction of the upwards movement will pull what ever is stuck in your drain back up into the bathroom toilet, tub or sink. It should be noted here that some tubs and sinks have overflow outlets that must be plugged with a sponge or wet towel before you can use your plunger effectively.

The other alternative to using your plunger is to purchase a commercial product that uses chemicals to loosen the blockage, such as liquid plumber. While this method is not as environmentally friendly, it may be your only solution for stubborn blockages. This is usually done only after you have attempted many times to unplug your drain using your plunger.

The chemicals must sit for a while in your drain (anywhere from 30 min to several hours) as it eats away at the blockage, slowly dissolving the gunk, then you must run hot water down the drain to flush it out. Its always a good idea to wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty or being stained by corrosive chemicals.

And as an extra precautionary measure, eye protection is not a bad idea either if you plan on plunging again.You really don’t want to be splashed in the face by any residual back splash of chemical laden water. In any case, read the directions carefully and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid any unnecessary problems.

Also if you do have a mild clog in your sink or bath tub a homemade concoction of vinegar and baking soda poured down your drain and left for several hours might be all that you need to get that water flowing again.

The next thing you can attempt to use if your plunger is ineffective, is to loosen the nuts holding the P-trap in place with pliers or a pipe wrench. Now this is going to get messy so be prepared with a towel and bucket to clean up the mess.

Should You Hire a Professional?

Removing your toilet should be your last resort if you have a drain blockage and should not be taken lightly since the bottom of your toilet trap fits snugly over a wax ring that seals it against the closet flange on the floor. It’s not removing the toilet that is the issue; it’s when you have to put it back on with a new wax ring that precision is important.

So if this will be a problem for you then you should probably get a plumber to do this. Read this for more information on how to save money on bath renovations by hiring the right contractor

Alright then, you are confident you can safely remove and replace your toilet yourself and have used the stop valve to turn off the water. After removing the toilet, the next step would be to run your snake from the main drain or the pipe between your toilet and main stack. Run your snake back through the drain line from your tub and sink basin to try to dislodge any foreign material obstructing the pipes.

Pinpointing where your bathroom plumbing is backed up is not too difficult but can sometimes be frustrating if you don’t know what to look for. Oftentimes however repairing a clogged drain may be as simple as using a plunger to unclog a sink or bathtub.

But sometimes you may need to snake your main drain, by following these steps you will be able to pinpoint where the plumbing problem lies. This may not solve the problem but at least you will know you have exhausted all avenues of repair. So when and if you get a professional plumber to step in and take over the expense will be justifiable when finding a drain blockage.

How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

 

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