Toilet Won’t Flush? Four Easy Ways to Fix It

We’ve all been there—you flush the toilet, and instead of everything swirling down the drain as it ought to, the water level starts rising dangerously. A clogged toilet can be a real problem, especially if you are unsure how to unclog it. The good news is, unclogging a toilet is a skill anyone can learn. This guide from the plumbing specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will walk you through a few effective methods to unclog a toilet that won’t flush, helping you feel prepared the next time you face this ordinary household difficulty.

The Trusty Plunger Method

The most time-tested method for unclogging a toilet is employing a plunger. But don’t just reach for the first plunger you see in the aisle at the store. It’s crucial to use a flange plunger that is specifically fashioned for toilet bowls. The rubber flange on the cup produces a better seal to build up the pressure necessary to displace the clog. Here’s how to use a plunger properly:

    1. Make sure there’s at least some water in the bowl. If not, add water from the sink using a cup.
    1. Position the plunger at an angle to be sure the flange goes into the hole at the bottom of the bowl.
    1. Push the plunger up and down several times, being mindful not to lose the seal.
    1. After several plunges, wait a few seconds and watch to see if the water starts going down. If not, keep plunging. But if so, lift out the plunger and flush to see if the clog is eliminated.

Don’t Have a Plunger? Other Ways to Remove a Clog

While every home should have at least one plunger, you may not have gotten around to making this purchase yet after moving to a new place. Here are some alternative approaches to unclog a toilet if you don’t have a plunger.

How to Use Hot Soap and Water to Unclog a Toilet

Hot water and soap is an incredibly effective stand-in for a toilet plunger. This method works best for softer clogs that need a gentle push. Here’s what you should do:

    1. Transfer some water from the toilet bowl if it’s quite full. Scoop the plumbing water out of the bowl with an old cup and pour it in a nearby tub or shower drain.
    1. Add a generous volume of dish soap or liquid detergent into the bowl. The soap helps lubricate the clog, making it easier for it to move through the pipes.
    1. Carefully pour a bucket of hot (not boiling) water from waist height inside the bowl. The force of the water together with the slippery soap should free the clog.
    1. Let the soap and hot water sit for around 20 minutes, giving it time to work its magic.
    1. Try to flush the toilet. If the water clears, you’ve properly unclogged your toilet!

Unclog Your Toilet with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar is a dynamic combination. Here’s how to use this eco-friendly tool for unclogging toilets:

    1. 1Transfer extra water from the bowl to prevent an overflow.
    1. Pour about a cup of baking soda right into the toilet bowl, and then add two cups of white vinegar. The combo of baking soda and vinegar generates a fizzing action that breaks down the clog. Add the vinegar slowly to reduce the chance of overflow from the fizzing reaction.
    1. Let the concoction sit in the bowl for at least 20 minutes.
    1. After waiting, try flushing the toilet. If the water flows smoothly, your problem is gone. If that’s not the case, try another tactic or call a plumber for help.

Unclog Your Toilet with a Coat Hanger

This strategy is especially effective for clogs caused by foreign objects or compact materials. It calls for making a homemade drain auger out of an old coat hanger. Follow these steps:

    1. Unwind a wire coat hanger until it’s pretty straight.
    1. Wrap a little bit of cloth around the end of the hanger and secure it with duct tape to guard your toilet bowl from scratches.
    1. Put the wrapped end into the toilet and with great care push it down the drain hole.
    1. Move the hanger in different directions to dislodge the clog. Don’t forget to be gentle to avoid scratching the porcelain or plumbing.
    1. After a few minutes of careful prodding and poking, put away the hanger and try flushing the toilet. If the water drains like it is supposed to, you’re good as gold. If the issue lingers, it may be time to call in the professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

Contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Plumbing Needs in the U.S.

While the strategies detailed above work for simple clogs, some circumstances call for professional help. If you’ve tried plunging or other techniques without success, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help. We realize how aggravating a clogged toilet and other plumbing problems can be in a home or business. That’s why our highly trained plumbers provide speedy, lasting solutions. Let us do the hard work, and we’ll ensure your 100% satisfaction. To schedule our professional plumbing services in the U.S. and nearby areas, call 866-397-3787 today!

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