If you’re at home (or at someone else’s house for that matter) and you find yourself in front of a clogged toilet, it’s easy to freak out! Right away, you’re probably looking for the best way to unclog a toilet quickly and effectively – and maybe even secretly – right?
Well, first things first – don’t panic if you don’t see a plunger within reach. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually a handful of effective ways to clear up toilet issues without that handy dandy toilet tool. The following guide is here to help, as we’ll tell you exactly how to unclog a toilet without a plunger, step-by-step.
So, without further ado, let’s get started with this diy unclog toilet guide! Brought to you by your friends at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.
How to Unclog a Toilet without a Plunger – Method # 1
One of the best ways to unclog toilet issues quickly and easily involves using dish soap. Simply take a few squirts of any brand of dish soap and add it to the clogged toilet bowl.
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Next, pour a pot of hot water (be sure it’s not boiling water – just very hot) directly into the toilet bowl. Be sure that when you’re adding the water, you do so from waist-level height.
By doing so, you’re adding more pressure when the water and the dish soap mix; as a result, the water will hopefully clear out your drain and unclog your toilet.
How to Plunge a Toilet without a Plunger – Method # 2
If for whatever reason using dishwashing liquid and hot water doesn’t seem to work, check to see if you have any baking soda handy. If you do, take 1 cup of baking soda and pour it into the clogged toilet bowl.
Next, take 1 cup of vinegar and pour it directly into the toilet bowl as well. Be sure to wait a few minutes after this step is complete.
After a few minutes have passed, pour a kettle of hot water directly into the toilet bowl. This should help resolve the problem.
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Unclogging Your Toilet Yourself – Method # 3
If you don’t have baking soda or vinegar, or if you’d like to try an alternative method, consider using a wire coat hanger as your handy tool.
First, unravel the coat hanger. Next, on one end, create padding using a rag, as shown in the image below. You can use a rubber band to secure the rag on the end of the wire hanger.
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Finally, after putting on protective rubber gloves that you can discard after using, take the end of the wire hanger that’s covered with the rag and stick it down the toilet, into the drain (as image above illustrates).
Using a circular motion, unclog the drain manually using this tool. Do so with enough force to unclog, but gently enough to not cause any additional damage to your toilet’s drain.
Best Way to Unclog a Toilet Using a Wet/Dry Vacuum– Method # 4
And finally, for the fourth option you can use to solve your clogged toilet problems on your own!
This method involves using a wet/dry vacuum. It’s very important to note that a regular household vacuum will not work – you must use a wet/dry vacuum! If you’re not sure whether your vacuum is suitable for this task, be cautious and try one of the above mentioned methods to clear any toilet clogs instead.
Use the vacuum to empty out all of the water from the toilet bowl.
Take a few old towels that you can discard after use and arrange them in the toilet bowl. These towels will act as a type of seal around the drain.
Take the vacuum hose and stick it a few inches down into the toilet drain.
Finally, turn on the vacuum (once it’s inside the toilet) and begin to suck out the clog.
If none of the above mentioned do-it-yourself methods successfully unclog your toilet, please don’t hesitate to call your Benjamin Franklin Plumbing team. Our team of expert plumbers is happy to assist you at any time to get your toilet back up and running.
What can our professional team of plumbers offer you that other plumbing companies can’t? When we say we’ll fix your toilet at a certain time, we mean it! If we’re late, we promise to pay you $5.00 per minute after the promised team – we guarantee it!