The frequent use of your toilet makes it impossible to ignore clogs, which are annoying and messy. You don’t want to get hurt while fixing a clogged toilet, and you certainly don’t want to make things worse. When you have plumbing clogs, it’s tempting to reach for chemical drain openers, but resist the urge to tackle toilet clogs with a liquid plumber or other chemical clog-removal products.
The acidic nature of store-bought chemical drain openers makes them potentially hazardous to your health and difficult for your plumbing system. They were never intended to navigate the snaking pipes of a toilet. Thus they will not remove the obstruction. When you try to fix the problem with a plunger or a snake, the chemicals might spill out of the toilet and cause severe burns. It would help if you never used chemical drain openers on clogged toilets, but there are alternative tried-and-true, safer methods to restore water flow.
Alternative Solutions for Clearing A Clogged Toilet
Prepare The Location
Since dealing with a clog can be messy, clear rugs and other objects away from the toilet. You may lay down old towels or rags to absorb splashing toilet water. Although not required, plugging the sink and tub drains in the bathroom can make plunging more effective.
Do Not Flush
Although it appears to be the most reasonable option, it is not. On the contrary, it will cause the water level in the toilet to rise and eventually cause a flood. Stop flushing if you want to avoid this.
Plunge The Toilet Clog
Start with a bell or bellows-style plunger for a simple and frequently effective method of clog removal. With its bell-shaped end and extended flange, this plunger creates a more robust, airtight seal, which is why it is often called a toilet plunger. It differs from sink plungers, which are straight across and make a good seal in a toilet challenging to achieve.
You should be able to dislodge the obstruction with a few goods and straight pumps. Fill the bell with water so that you are not plunging air. Place the plunger’s flange in the toilet’s drain opening. Hold the plunger vertically to preserve the seal. Use a vigorous up-and-down motion with the plunger for 10 to 20 seconds to
Use a Toilet Snake
If the plunging method does not work, wear gloves to protect your hands from the clog-causing debris. Insert the toilet auger (also known as a plumbing snake) into the toilet drain. Move it around until it stops moving. It may adhere multiple times before you reach the actual clog’s mass. When you believe you have an immovable object, spin the snake clockwise and attempt to hook the obstruction. The obstruction should then disintegrate.
Call a Plumber
If all else fails, call a plumber instead of using a chemical drain opener. Inform them so they can bring the proper protective gear before entering a toilet containing caustic chemicals. When you hire Scott’s Plumbing, you gain access to professional equipment and knowledge. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure your plumbing system is in working order.