Learn how to unclog a toilet without using harsh chemicals or calling in a plumber. See how to use a plunger right, watch a demonstration of how to use an auger to clear a blocked drain and get tips on which household products and non-chemical products can help with a slow drain.
- Turn off the water to the toilet.
- Place towels around the base of the toilet to soak up any spills.
- Do not use chemical drain cleaners for a clogged toilet. Based on the way toilets are made, they will not reach the clog, and could possibly damage the porcelain on the toilet bowl.
- Instead, use hot water and dish soap. Make sure the water is not too hot as it could damage the toilet.
- Pour the hot, soapy water into the toilet bowl from waist level.
- Use an enzyme-based product regularly to break down waste in slow-flowing drains.
- Always read the instructions on the packaging of any product you use.
- Plunge the toilet
- Force ball plungers offer the best seal around the toilet.
- The larger the plunger, the more force you will be able to use to clear a clog.
- Make sure there is enough water in the toilet bowl to submerge the edges of the plunger
- Turn the water back and forth by pushing the plunger down and releasing it up. Repeat this step as needed.
- Closet augers or plumbing snakes are best for deep clogs.
- If there is still a clog, it may be deeper in the plumbing, and should call a professional.
- Disinfect with a toilet bowl cleaner before and after using any tools to prevent the spread of bacteria.
- To prevent overflow, push down the flapper in the tank.
- If there is overflow, use a shop vac to clean any of the mess. Disinfect after.