Having the problem of clogged toilet confronting you at the most unexpected time could be very challenging as it will not only prevent you from using this facility, but could also cause bad odor in the environment. This can come either in form of partial blockage – where your toilet flushes slowly, or complete blockage – where you have a no-flush situation. Whichever way one it is, you can apply one or more of these methods to unclog your toilet.
Plunger: This is commonly called plumbers’ best friend and should be in every toilet for situations like this. You need to use a high quality plunger, one with an extensive flange on the rubber ball head so that it can effectively form a seal around the toilet hole. With your toilet filled with stagnated water, place your plunger inside the toilet bowl and make sure it covers it. Push and pull gently at first plunge to remove air. Then successively plunge (push and pull) vigorously in and out maintaining the seal around the hole, do this several times to unclog the toilet. Then flush to see result.
Vinegar and baking Soda: If the plunger idea did not give the desirable result, then you can try the vinegar and baking soda combination. You will need 1/2 gallon of hot water, a packet of baking soda and a bottle of vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar into the toilet and wait for some minutes, this mixture should produce bubbles. Then pour the hot water into the toilet hole at once. This should clear the clog and drain your toilet. This step may not unclog hard or solid obstructions and if it does not then you should try the step below.
Drain Auger: This tool is also called plumber’s snake because of its coiled spiral snake-like shape with a handle at one end. It is usually about 15 to 20 feet in length and 1/4 inch thick and have been proven to be the most effective in removing a clogged toilet caused by any kind of obstruction especially solid objects but it’s the most difficult to use. It works by getting in direct contact with the object, working its way around it to break it into pieces or wrap around its head. You will need to insert the auger into the toilet hole and push gradually to avoid damaging the pipe. When the auger gets to a certain length, start cranking the head to push it further until it meets the obstruction. Keep pushing and twisting the head of the auger, this should make the object clung into the auger or break into smaller particles for easy passage through the drain pipe. Flush afterwards to see the result.
By: Festus Nwagbo