Toilet clogs are just an inevitable and messy part of life. Even the best
of us will have to deal with them at one point or another. However, if
you have never handled a clogged toilet before, you may be at a loss of
what to do when the water starts to overflow your bowl. Our Columbus plumbers
share some tips about what to do when your toilet gets clogged.
1. Plunge Away
Having a plunger in your home is a necessity for emergency situations like
these. A handy plunger can save you from flooding your bathroom.
The secret to a good plunging is the seal. Make sure you have a good seal
to create a strong suction. Once sealed into place, plunge enthusiastically
without splashing what's in the bowl. With a little work, you could
have your toilet working in no time.
2. Baking Soda and Vinegar
Yes, the very same ingredients that children use in volcano science projects
are great for unclogging your toilet. They are less expensive and safer
on your plumbing than harsh cleaning chemicals.
Heat a pot of water until it just starts to simmer, and then allow it to
cool for five minutes. Pour one cup of baking soda into your clogged toilet,
followed by two cups of vinegar. Add the hot water without overfilling
the bowl. The unclogging process could take a couple of hours, but if
the clog is weak enough, the reaction should take care of the problem.
3. Liquid Dish Soap
Using the liquid soap method can help you get everything moving in your
pipes. Much like the baking soda and vinegar method, heat up a pot of
water and then allow it to cool. Squirt a large amount of dish soap into
your toilet bowl and allow it to settle.
When pouring the water into the bowl, make sure to pour from at least a
foot above the toilet. You should be using the force of the water to help
force the clog through your soaped and slippery exit.
4. Call a Plumber
When all else fails, turn to a professional. At The Eco Plumbers, our team
of Columbus plumbers has successfully tackled countless clogs. When you
need us most, we will be there to solve your messiest and most stubborn
Call today—our team is just a phone call away!