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    August 8, 2019

    Ways to Unclog Your Toilet

    Need to unclog your toilet? You’ve come to the right place!

    The plumbers at OnTime are here to share our expert tips on removing obstructions from your toilet’s drain. Read on for more!

    1. Plunging

    If your toilet is clogged, the first thing you probably do is reach for your plunger. But, did you know there are several things you can do to make plunging more effective? First, make sure your plunger has a flange. The flange is the fold-out rubber ring on a plunger that makes a tight seal over your toilet. The suction cup type of plunger is better for sinks and showers. Run the plunger under hot water briefly before using it. This will soften the rubber and help the plunger make a seal.

    1. Use a Wire Coat Hanger

    If the blockage is in the first few inches of the drain, you can fashion a wire coat hanger to clear it. First, unravel the wire coat hanger, then wrap one end of the wire with a rag, using duct tape to keep it in place. Push the coat hanger into the toilet drain and push the obstruction past the bend it’s stuck on.

    1. Use a Plumbing Snake

    A plumbing snake is a coil of wire designed to push through the curves of a drain. Push the snake into the toilet drain until you feel the blockage. Then begin to twist the snake and push through the obstruction. The goal isn’t to push the blockage further down the drain, but to break it up into smaller parts.

    1. Enzyme Waste Removal Product

    Enzyme waste removal solutions are what is used to break down waste in septic systems. These can also be effectively used for your toilet clog. When using the waste removal product, be sure to follow the instructions on the package. Typically, you will pour the liquid into your toilet bowl, then wait overnight while the enzymes break down the clog.

    1. Making a Drain Cleaner

    If you don’t have access to an enzyme waste removal product, you can make your own drain cleaner just as easily. Start by heating at least half a gallon of water. You’ll need a large volume to push the clog through. Then, pour one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the toilet bowl. This mixture will fizz and begin to break down the clog. If you don’t have baking soda and vinegar on hand, you can use dish soap. Finally, pour the hot water into the bowl. Make sure the water isn’t boiling, or it could crack the porcelain. Let the mixture stand overnight and flush it the next morning.

    Didn’t have luck with those ways to unclog your toilet? Call OnTime!

    We hope this guide helps you unclog your toilet, but if it doesn’t and you still need help, call us today! Our licensed and experienced technicians at OnTime serve Alabama with pride. Call us at 251-272-3595 (Eastern Shore/Mobile), 205-942-1405 (Birmingham), or schedule your service online.