Toilets are a blessing of modern plumbing. They come in various tech models these days with more and more innovations being made every day to keep improving them. However, one major flaw still lies in them that may never be eliminated. This is the problem of clog toilet. The problem of a toilet that isn’t working may be small, but the frustration it will cause you will be high. The best thing to try here would be to call a plumber but, sometimes it isn’t an option because of the timing. So, you may need to take matters into your own hands and fix it DIY style. The good news is that fixing a toilet is one of the easiest plumbing tasks and can be done by someone with little to no experience. Here’s how to do it:
If your toilet is overflowing after being clogged, then your first course of action should be to stop the overflow and prevent your bathroom from being flooded. You have two ways of doing this – either shut the water supply or stop water from entering the tank. The first option is recommended, however if you can’t do that, then take the lid off. Then close the flapper and you’re done.
Using a Plunger
A plunger may seem like the most basic idea in fixing a toilet, but it is also the most effective one. And moreover, nearly all homes have a plunger in storage so, it saves you a trip to the hardware store. So grab your plunger, put on some rubber gloves and put the rubber part of the plunger in the toilet and begin pushing ever so gently. First, aim to get rid of the air and once that’s done, you’ll have a good seal ready. This is to prevent the dirty water from splashing onto you. Now, start pumping it up and down with force, but keep in mind to maintain the seal. Once done, you can break the seal to check. Most of the water would have gone down the drain by then. If not, then just repeat.
If the plunger doesn’t help, then get some baking soda and vinegar for a non-toxic chemical reaction to help you. Pour one cup of baking soda into the clogged toilet, then after a couple of minutes, pour in the vinegar. Allow them to mix and react; the CO2 formed will help unclog your toilet in mere minutes.
If neither of these steps work, then it’s probably time to call a plumber.