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5 Ways To Unclog A Toilet In An Emergency

A clogged toilet is a nasty situation no one wants to be in. However, it happens when you least expect it, and there’s no way out than to deal with it bathroom. Here are effective solutions you can do when an emergency suddenly strikes.

toilet plunger1. Time to bring out the plunger.
The old-fashioned way of using a plunger sure is effective, but make sure you’re using a heavy-duty ball shape plunger or one with a fold-out rubber design, not the cheap ones that look like suction cups. When the plunger is already submerged, make sure to pump the water, not air. Place newspapers around the bowl and on the floor when for splashes.




2. Create your own drain solution.
If the level of clogged water on the bowl isn’t too high, a DIY drain solution can solve your problem. Get a cup of baking soda, a couple cups of vinegar, and at least a half gallon of hot water. Pour in the baking soda and vinegar followed by the hot water. Let the mixture drain and clear up overnight and check on it the following day. If the clog remains, then a hard object is causing the problem.


hanger wire3. Go all-in a wire coat hanger.
Solid objects that accidentally fall inside the bowl is one cause of the clogging. What you can do is unravel a wire coat and wrap the end with a rag. This will prevent the sharp ends to damage the porcelain surface of the toilet. Stick the wire coat inside until you reach the obstruction. Push the object until the water completely goes down.




4. Make the task easier with a plumbing snake.
A plumbing snake has a flexible wire designed to clear toilet clogs without the risk of damaging the bowl. It’s relatively easy to use because all you have to do is insert the snake and twist and push through the object inside. Although this tool has long reach, make sure to still wear gloves.

5. Empty the bowl with a vacuum.
If the plumbing snake isn’t enough to do the trick, then it’s time to use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. First up, empty the water using the vacuum. Next, insert the end of the vacuum to the drain and hold a towel right where the end is to create a seal. Turn on the vacuum and wait for it to suck out the object that causes the clog.

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