It’s the dreaded clogged toilet. You’ve done your best to prevent it, but despite your efforts, it happened. Now what? Before you call a plumber, try these home remedies to unclog your toilet or drain. With a little patience and effort, you just might be able to save yourself some time and money.
Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
One of the easiest ways to unclog a toilet or drain is by using baking soda and vinegar. First, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the clogged drain or toilet bowl. Then follow up with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The mixture will bubble up and create pressure that can help break up any clogs in the pipe. Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes before flushing with hot water. If the water drains normally after this treatment then you should be all set!
Using Boiling Water
For smaller clogs, boiling water may do the trick without having to use harsher chemicals like bleach or an acid-based cleaner. Start by boiling 2-3 gallons of tap water on the stove top or in a kettle. Once boiling, pour it slowly into the toilet bowl or sink where it will start softening any grease build-up in the pipes that could be causing the blockage. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before trying to flush again with cold water from the tap (make sure not to use too much pressure). If everything looks good then you’re done!
If neither baking soda nor boiling water worked to clear your clog then its time to break out the plunger! Start by filling up your sink or bathtub with enough warm/hot water so that when you place your plunger over top of the drain, it creates an airtight seal over it. Once sealed, push down firmly on top of the plunger several times in quick succession until you feel (or hear) something give way in there – hopefully that’s your clog clearing out! Flush with cold tap water afterwards just to make sure everything is working properly before moving on.
When to Call a Plumber
When all else fails—including your home remedies—it’s time to bring in an experienced professional plumber who can handle more complex issues related to plumbing systems such as unclogging drains or replacing outdated pipes with new ones without damaging your property or putting themselves in danger. Not only do they have access to advanced tools and knowledge about plumbing systems but also safety protocols so that they can effectively get the job done right every time! So don’t hesitate; call a plumber today!
Clogged toilets and drains are annoying but they don’t have to be expensive if you know what home remedies work best for them! Whether its baking soda & vinegar, boiling water, plungers or something else entirely – there are plenty of things you can do at home before calling in a plumber. So take these tips into consideration next time you find yourself dealing with a slow running drain – chances are one of these home remedies will do just fine! Good luck!