The Beehive Plumbing team is always here to support your property with comprehensive toilet repairs big or small!
Needing to unclog a toilet when a plunger isn’t nearby is one of every homeowner’s worst nightmares to have to go through, and what’s worse about this common toilet repair nightmare is that it just so happens to frequently occur at inconvenient times.
Although the Beehive Plumbing team is always there for you with 24/7 emergency plumbing services for these types of scenarios, we also understand that you’re likely going to want to try to resolve your toilet clog on your own at least a little bit prior to calling in professional help. That’s why we’ve developed this comprehensive list detailing four toilet repair tips to help you unclog a toilet when a plunger just so happens to not be an option.
We’d never wish any kind of toilet clog nightmare on anyone, so here are some easy, efficient ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger:
Hot Water (Not Boiling)
The main thing we must stress with this type of toilet clog repair tip is that you really can’t use boiling water, but the water still needs to be hot. Hot water just so happens to do a really great job at alleviating and melting away plumbing blockages, but boiling water can actually end up damaging your toilet bowl’s ceramic. That’s a much bigger toilet repair that’s best to be avoided!
What you’ll do with this type of DIY toilet unclog is get a large bucket that’s easy to handle and fill it up with warm-yet-not-boiling water. The movement of a lot of warm water within your toilet bowl will potentially remove the clog.
Dish soap is a product that’s specifically designed to help people break down food waste and grease as it comes into contact with a particular surface. Because of this feature, this product is another good option to keep in mind when needing to break down toilet clogs. The trick with dish soap is to let it sit for about 30-40 minutes, and if you have the time it can be an effective DIY toilet unclogging method.
What you’ll end up doing is squeezing about a cup of dish soap into your toilet bowl and then let it sit for about 40 minutes. After this waiting period, you’ll want to see if the water has lowered within the bowl, because this is a sign that the soap is doing its magic. If your water levels have effectively been lowered, then you should feel comfortable with flushing and seeing if the clog has been alleviated!
Although Epsom salt isn’t necessarily something that every Northern Utah household has ready to go, it can work when you find yourself in a plumbing pinch.
When you pour Epsom salt into your toilet bowl, it’ll subsequently develop this fizzy chemical reaction that can do wonders for unclogging and effectively clearing drains. You’ll want to give this solution around 15 minutes before attempting the next flush, but this reaction does a great job at breaking down clogs and clearing out all sorts of debris from your toilet’s drain!
We’d like to stress that using a toilet brush to unclog a toilet truly is for last-ditch efforts and should only be done if you really are desperate to unclog the toilet.
What you’ll want to do is hold the brush’s handle and effectively push the brush into the toilet’s drain hole. Then you’ll pull your arm back and forth to essentially create a DIY plunger with the brush. It’s important to note that you should be vigorous in this type of pumping, but you shouldn’t over-do it to the point of potentially harming your toilet.
This of course isn’t the most pleasant way to unclog a toilet, so it’s recommended that you wear old clothes, gloves and eyewear just in case any splashing occurs.
Get In Touch With Our Master Plumbers Today To Learn More About How We Support Northern Utah Households With Toilet Repairs!
Beehive Plumbing has been helping the Northern Utah community for over 20 years with both residential and commercial plumbing needs, and toilet repairs just so happen to be a common occurrence that our Master Plumbers deal with. Although there are a few DIY options to consider when needing to unclog a toilet, you can always count on our specialists to do everything perfectly and utilize state-of-the-art technology when necessary to ensure the long-term durability and functionality of your entire plumbing system.
Contact us online or call us at 801-661-8155 to get in touch with our team today and learn more about how we can support you when you experience a clogged toilet!