How To Unclog A Toilet That Won’t Flush

There’s nothing more annoying in the bathroom than to have a clogged toilet that won’t drain. If you find yourself facing this issue, we’ll explain how you can unclog a clogged toilet that won’t drain, including some methods you haven’t heard of.

If you’ve tried these methods and still find yourself unable to get relief, you can book plumbing services through Pulled and a friendly vetted plumber will help you get your toilet to flush again and fix any other plumbing problems you might have with your toilets.

Let’s explore the best options you can use to get a proper flush that clears your drains.

Plunger in a toilet

Drain The Water From The Clogged Toilet Tank

If your toilet isn’t flushing properly and can’t push water and debris down the drain, this is a sign to remove the tank lid to access the flapper valve.

Lift the flapper valve slightly to let a cup or two of water fill the bowl, to remove water from the tank before clearing the clog.

It’s also a good idea to close the water supply line to prevent anymore water from being added unintentionally.

How To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

Plunging a clogged toilet is not fun and sometimes you can relieve a clog in the toilet without a plunger using soap. 

To unclog a toilet without a plunger, try to pour half a cup of dish soap in the bowl and let the soap sit for a few minutes. The soap should help lubricate the clog in the toilet drain and allow any debris to slide down more easily.

Baking Soda & Vinegar

As an alternative to using dish soap to clear a clog without a plunger, you can pour one cup baking soda and two cups vinegar into the toilet.

Allow the cup of baking soda and vinegar to fizz for a half hour and see if the water starts to flow and it will unclog the toilet.

Use Hot Water But Not Boiling Water

Another method you can use to unclog a toilet without a plunger if the soap and baking soda doesn’t work is to pour hot water from the tap at your sink, into the bowl. The hot water will help to break up the debris and unclog the toilet drain.

While hot water is good, it’s not a good idea to use boiling water from the stove, because the boiling water can crack the toilet bowl. Therefore hot water that is just hot enough but not boiling is best.

Try Making A Drain Snake

A blockage that is more severe and doesn’t clear with dish soap, baking soda or hot water, may require you to create a makeshift toilet snake using a wire hanger to unclog the drain.

To make this, undo a wire hanger until it forms a straight stick. Wearing a pair of rubber gloves, push one end of the wire into the clogged area and try to break up the debris until the clog clears and you can move as much water as possible down the drain.

Use A Plastic Bottle

Remove as much water from the toilet as possible using a small container to fill a bucket.

Add warm water to a large plastic bottle and place your thumb over the top of the bottle.

Fit the top end of the bottle into the toilet drain at the bottom of the toilet while wearing rubber gloves.

Remove your thumb and squeeze the bottle so the water inside shoots down the pipe. The added pressure could dislodge whatever was causing the clog.

Use A Plunger 

If the above methods haven’t worked, a plunger or auger, is the only option left, to loosen things and get the toilet water flowing. Make sure to use a flange plunger, because the cup on the plunger allows you to create a better seal and makes the unclogging process much easier.

Here’s how to use a plunger step by step:

  1. Make your first plunge a gentle one because the bell of the plunger will be full of air and a hard push will force the air back around the seal and blow water all over you and the bathroom!
  2. Once you’ve removed the air, you’ll want to plunge vigorously in and out, maintaining the seal. Plunge 15 to 20 times, to loosen the debris and move the water.
  3. Keep enough water in the bowl so the toilet plunger stays covered. Trying to force air through the toilet trap won’t generate much pressure.

If you’re in a bind and don’t have a plunger, you can use a toilet brush. Angle the bristles of the toilet brush down the drain, pumping up and down a few times to loosen things up so the clog clears.

If you’ve tried these methods and still find yourself unable to get relief, you can book plumbing services through Pulled and a friendly vetted plumber will help you get your toilet to flush again and fix any other plumbing problems you might have with your toilets.

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