Having a Phoenix plumbing issue, especially a clogged toilet, is never convenient and always seems to happen at the most undesirable times. Whether you are trying to run out the door for the day, hosting a gathering, such as Thanksgiving, or something else, when your toilet will not flush, you probably want to resolve the issue as soon as possible. While a plunger can come in handy during times when you need an immediate solution, you may not have one around, so what else can you do? Let’s take a look at some ways for how to unclog your toilet without a plunger.
What is a Plunger?
A plunger is a handy tool that a lot of people have around their home, but due to their use and appearance, many people may not. A plunger, is a tool used to clear blockages in drains and pipes. It consists of a rubber suction cup attached to a stick (shaft) usually made of wood or plastic.
A plunger is a simple tool that is used to unclog drains, toilets, and other plumbing fixtures. When the cup is pressed down onto a drain or toilet bowl and then pulled up, it creates suction that can dislodge and remove clogs. Plungers are a common household tool and are often used as a first-line of defense against minor plumbing problems before calling in a professional plumber.
How to Unclog Your Toilet Without a Plunger
Whether you are at your home, or someplace else when a toilet clog happens, if there is no plunger in sight, don’t panic. There are things you can do to unclog your toilet without this trusty tool. Here are a few methods to consider:
- Hot Water and Dish Soap: Pour about a gallon of hot water into the toilet bowl and add a few squirts of dish soap. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes, and then flush the toilet. The hot water and soap combination can break down and loosen the clog, allowing it to flush away. The slippery soap can help lubricate the clogged pipes and allow the lodged debris to slide down more easily.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar: When it comes to unclogging your toilet without a plunger, adding one cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl, followed by two cups of vinegar, may do the trick. Wait for a few minutes, and then pour hot water into the bowl. The baking soda and vinegar will react and create a foaming action that can break down the clog.
- Wire Hanger: If you happen to have a wire hanger laying around, it can be the perfect tool to tackle your clog. Straighten out a wire hanger and create a hook at one end. Insert the wire hanger into the toilet drain and try to hook and pull out any visible debris or clogs. Be gentle so that you don't scratch the toilet's porcelain.
- Plumber's Snake: A plumber's snake, also known as a drain auger or drain snake, can be used to manually break up and remove clogs. Insert the snake into the toilet drain and twist it until you feel resistance. Once you hit the clog, turn the snake handle to break it up and remove it.
With it's added usage over the holiday season, a clogged toiled is not uncommon. While we have reviewed some ways for how to unclog your toilet without a plunger, it’s important to note that if none of these methods work, or if you're uncomfortable attempting to unclog the toilet yourself, it may be best to call a professional plumber to avoid causing further damage and to help you identify if there is a bigger issue.
Arizona Comfort Specialists proudly provides Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, Anthem and surrounding metro areas with licensed, professional plumbing services. Our team of expert technicians at Arizona Comfort Specialists helps our clients with drainage problems. We can clear blockages and resolve drainage issues before they escalate, causing permanent damage to other utilities. At a minimum, clogged drains are an inconvenience.