While there are many plumbing problems that should be addressed by a professional plumber, there are a few that you can probably fix on your own. In our experience here at Monster Plumbing, a clogged toilet can usually be resolved with simple DIY methods, and we’ll be going over a few of those here. If you try these and they don’t work, don’t hesitate to call us for backup.
- Use a Plunger- To unclog a clogged toilet using a plunger, first press the bell of the plunger over the toilet drain, then gently press down to force the air out of the bell and create a tight seal. Once you have a good seal, plunge vigorously–the idea is to force water in both directions, moving both in and out of the drain. This current should be enough to loosen most clogs. Be patient and keep pumping, as it may be necessary to plunge several times in order to get results.
- Use Hot Water- If you don’t have a plunger, you can try this alternative method to fix your clogged toilet. Simply heat up a pot of water on the stove until it’s not quite boiling, then carefully pour the water down the toilet drain. Let it sit for a few minutes to let the heat loosen the clog–if the water starts to drain, then you’ll know it worked.
- Use a Drain Snake (or Improvise One)- Another method you can use to unclog a clogged toilet is to guide a drain snake into the drain and poke around with it until you find the clog. If you don’t have a drain snake, you can improvise one by unwinding a wire hanger and using the hook (although we recommend wrapping it in a rag to prevent it from scratching the porcelain). Once you reach the clog, move the snake around to loosen the blockage.