Upgrading Your Pipes

Tips For Unclogging A Stubborn Toilet In Your Home

If you have a clogged toilet that you cannot seem to plunge away, you may be ready to call in a plumbing service. However, before you pick up the phone, use the following tips to help you unclog the stubborn toilet in your home.

Pour Hot Soapy Water in the Bowl

When toilet paper and waste material clogs up the toilet, it can become a solid, congealed mess the longer it remains in the bowl or pipe. One way to help break up the clog is to pour hot, soapy water into the toilet bowl. The hot water helps soften the contents, while dish soap adds a lubricant to help slide it out through the pipes.

To do this technique, add a few drops of dish detergent to a couple cups of water and pour it directly into the bowl. Wait about 15 minutes before you grab your plunger to give the soapy water time to work.

However, do not use boiling water, as it will crack the porcelain. Just run your hot tap for a few minutes to get the water as hot as possible. 

Heat up the Plunger Before Using It

While you are waiting for the soapy water to work, spend the time to get your plunger ready. If your plunger has been sitting for a while, the rubber is probably stiff, which may not flex enough to efficiently plunge the toilet when the time comes.

Before you use your plunger, run it under hot tap water. The heat from the water will make the plunger flexible, increasing its moveability and potential to create the amount of suction you need to unclog the toilet.

Plunge Using Full, Even Strokes

Although you may have already tried plunging the toilet, you may not have been using the correct technique. If you are like a lot of people, you may either push down slowly and release quickly or use short strokes to try to dislodge the clog.

However, when plunging the toilet, make sure you use full, even strokes on the way up and down to create the right amount of suction and pressure. Also, make sure the plunger has a tight seal against the toilet bowl, or you will lose any potential pressure out of the side opening.

Even after using the tips above, the clog in your toilet may refuse to budge and will need the attention of a professional. Especially if the clogged toilet is the only one in your home, contact an emergency plumber such as Ben Franklin Plumbing Services to have them come out to fix the issue as soon as possible.