Tools you may require for Clogging Issues

Make sure to have the following things when attempting to deal with your basic clogging issues:

Plunger Toilet auger
Rubber gloves Plastic bag


Using a Plunger

UNS03008_1_1.tifUsing a plunger correctly is not as simple as most people think. The first thing you need is a good quality plunger with a fold-out cup. The red, half-round ones will not create adequate suction in your toilet trap.

Put the rubber gloves on and unfold the inner cup of the plunger. Set the plunger into the toilet bowl and forcefully plunge up and down with the bowl full of water. When the plunger has a good suction with the toilet bowl, quickly pull up, trying to pull the clog back toward the toilet. Keep doing this until you are certain your clog has drained away.

Using a Toilet Auger

toilet augerToilet auger – closet auger (also called a closet auger) is a specially designed cable tool for clearing clogs from the trap of a toilet. You can purchase a toilet auger at most major hardware stores or plumbing specialty stores for a reasonable price. Before using, make sure you’re careful not to touch the visible parts of the bowl with the metal part of the snake, as it will leave marks on the finish. To use the toilet auger, unhook the bulb and pull the handle all the way out. Insert the auger into the trap of the toilet and rest the bend of the auger against the toilet. Start by pushing down on the auger handle while turning it clockwise to help the auger wind it’s way through the toilet trap, and also to hook onto anything in its way. Wind the auger all the way through several times, checking occasionally for success in clearing the clog. If you have left auger marks on the toilet bowl you can remove them with muriatic acid, which can be purchased at many hardware stores, but be extremely careful, wear gloves, safety goggles, and have a good ventilation system.


Unplugging without a Plunger

There are a few different methods you can try to unclog your toilet without using a plunger:

  1. Hot Water and Dish Soap: Add a few drops of dish soap to a pot of boiling water and pour the mixture into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then try flushing the toilet.
  2. Baking Soda and Vinegar: Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes, and then flush the toilet.
  3. Wire Hanger: Straighten a wire hanger and create a hook at one end. Use the hook end to gently dislodge any debris in the toilet bowl. Be careful not to scratch the porcelain.
  4. Enzyme-based Cleaners: Use an enzyme-based cleaner, which can break down organic waste and unclog your toilet. Follow the instructions on the product label.
  5. Plumber’s Snake: Use a plumber’s snake to manually push through the clog and clear the drain. This method requires a bit more effort and skill than the others but can be very effective.

If none of these methods fix your issue, you may need to call a professional plumber to help you unclog your toilet.