A clogged toilet in your house is an easy fix for any plumber, but what if an emergency happens in the middle of the night and no one is available? Before you go into panic mode, here are solutions with the use of common tools and ingredients.
Dishwashing liquid and hot water. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty while unclogging the toilet, then you can utilize this effective combination. Pour a few drops of dishwashing liquid into the bowl followed by a pot of hot water. The water’s temperature shouldn’t be hotter than a cup of coffee. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes then flush the toilet.
Wire coat hanger. Need to push down an object that fell right in the toilet bowl? Unravel a wire coat hanger and wrap its end with a rag to prevent the sharp end damaging the porcelain. Carefully stick the wire inside until you hit the object. Push it down with enough force until the water clears down.
Baking soda and vinegar. Is there baking soda and vinegar in the kitchen? Get these ingredients and expel the water on the bowl with relative ease; just pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar. After 5 to 10 minutes, pour hot water into the bowl and watch the water subside.
Plunger. This old-fashioned method still works effectively, but make sure to use the heavy-duty, ball shape plunger or the one with a fold out rubber design. Don’t waste your time using a plunger that looks like a suction cup because it will only splash water on the floor. Remember the trick to get rid of the clog is to pump the water and not air.
Wet and dry vacuum. A stubborn problem needs a strong solution and you’ll get this from a wet and dry vacuum. Remove all the water from the bowl and create a seal around the drain with the use of old towels. Turn on the vacuum until it sucks out the object that causes the clog.