Toilet repairs can get tricky when you don’t have a plunger handy!
Everyone has been in the situation in which they experience a toilet clog without a plunger, and this of course is always frustrating when it occurs within your home.
The good news is that there are many DIY alternatives when it comes to eliminating pesky toilet clogs, and the plumbing experts at Beehive Plumbing are providing seven steps to conduct DIY toilet repairs without a plunger.
Below are some of the steps to keep in mind when these situations occur at your property!
If You Need To Fix A Toilet Clog But Don’t Have A Plunger, Follow These Steps:
Squeeze Dish Soap Into The Toilet
Although this may seem a little too simple, dish soap can actually be an effective drain cleaner when it comes to fixing toilet clogs. Dish soap also just so happens to be far less corrosive as compared to store-bought drain cleaning products. All you’ll need to do is empty about half a cup and let the soap soak into your toilet’s pipes.
Pour Hot Water
If dish soap doesn’t get the job done, move on to the next step of adding hot water into your toilet. You’re going to need a good amount of hot water in these situations (around a bucket full), because an excess amount of hot water will help the dish soap do its job properly.
It’s important to note that you want hot water, not boiling water. Boiling water can potentially crack your toilet bowl, so make sure it’s not too hot when you pour it in!
Utilizing Baking Soda & Vinegar
A baking soda and vinegar mixture is a wonderful DIY method when trying to unclog toilets, and it’s important to let this mixture fizzle within your toilet for around half an hour. After waiting around for the mixture to do its magic, you should be able to at least flush your toilet and then fully eliminate the clog.
This cleaning method is a good alternative to dish soap and hot water, so you won’t need to implement the above steps if you choose this method. However, flushing the toilet out with hot water is always necessary after you’ve flushed your baking soda and vinegar mixture to fully flush out your pipes.
Using A Hanger As A Drain Snake
This is an old school plumbing trick, and hangers can sometimes be an effective drain snake when trying to break up minor clogs. What’s particularly troubling about this DIY method is that you’ll want to make sure that your toilet drain isn’t getting scratched.
This type of drain cleaning method is many times ill-advised, so it should only be utilized if the above steps didn’t work and you’re confident that your clog isn’t too serious to require professional equipment.
Completely Drain Your Toilet
This of course is a bit much for a DIY project, however it is a viable option if the above tips didn’t get your toilet unclogged. What you’ll want to do is shut off your toilet’s water supply and then utilize a hand pump or shop vacuum to suck the water out.
Once the water has been removed, you can more easily get to the toilet’s blockage and potentially pinpoint the location of your issue. We understand that this is a bit extreme and is something that most homeowners don’t want to deal with, which is why the next step is the following…
Call The Beehive Plumbing Team
When it comes down to it, your best bet of resolving your toilet clog issues is to reach out to plumbing specialists who do these services for a living. The Beehive Plumbing team provides a whole array of different plumbing services 24/7 throughout Northern Utah, so our guys will always be ready no matter when your toilet issues arise.
Reach out to us online or call us directly at 801-661-8155 to get in touch with our experts and let us know what exactly is occurring with your toilet clog!