Toilets occasionally clog when when toilet paper and waste jam the 2-inch sewage line that snakes through the toilet to the 3-inch drain. While a chronically clogged toilet can indicate more serious problems with your toilet or sewer line, an occasional clog is easily fixed with some practical methods.
A plunger is a wooden or synthetic stick attached to a rubber cup. When placed over the toilet drain and moved in an up/down motion, the plunger effectively moves clogs with air pressure. To use a plunger correctly, place the lip of the rubber cup securely against the drain in the toilet bowl. Slather vaseline on the lip of the cup to ensure an airtight seal. While maintaining the airtight seal, depress the plunger and lift up quickly. Repeat the action multiple times until water levels drop.
As long as the toilet bowl is filled to capacity, you can try to clear a clog with a bucket of water. Pouring water into the bowl increases pressure on the trap and may force the clog down the drain. Boiled water acts to soften and dissolve some components of the clog. When pouring boiled water into the toilet, use hand and eye protection. Pour water quickly into the bowl to increases pressure on the trap.
A "snake" or toilet auger is a length of "tempered" steel spring encapsulated in a hollow steel tube. To operate the snake, you crank a handle positioned at the top of the tube. The snake does two things to the clog. First, it punctures a hole in the clog and allows water to move through. Secondly, the hook at the end of the spring latches onto the clog and pulls it. While this device is frequently effective against tough clogs, it can sometimes nick or scratch your toilet's finish.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar when added together into your toilet are not just effective as a cleaner. The foaming chemical reaction can clear clogs in your toilet. Baking soda and vinegar are frequently used to make an effective natural household cleaner. The mixture's detergent action cleans grime and dirt in the home. It also can soften and dissolve the clog. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl. Follow with 1 cup of white vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam. Once the foaming action stops, flush the toilet. If the clog hasn't cleared, repeat the process.
Like vinegar and baking soda, dishwashing soap softens and dissolves some toilet clogs. If added to boiling water, the combined action of heat, detergent and water pressure should dislodge the clog and clean your toilet. MyCloggedToilet.com recommends a small amount of dishwashing detergent. Use a high-quality detergent with a degreasing action. Allow the detergent to sit for 15 minutes and pour a bucket of boiled water into the toilet.
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