What do you do when the toilet is clogged and makes a mess in your washroom?
Many people simply make a quick call to their plumber, but is that really necessary? Considering the rising costs of all maintenance services, why not try DIY this problem? Here's how:
How to Fix a Clogged Toilet Bowl
Toilet bowls can end up getting clogged due to many reasons. The most common reason is buildup of organic material. They may also get clogged due to too much toilet paper being dumped into them. They may also get clogged due to a kid's toy falling inside.
- Start by putting on big rubber gloves that cover till elbows.
- If the water is not going down, do not flush again and again as it will only cause the dirty water to spill over.
- If you can see the obejct (toy etc) that is causing the problem, just fish it out with your hands and you are done!
- If there is no visible obstruction, try using a plunger. Every house should have a plunger, a good quality one. The ones that are shaped like a cup do not work very well. So look for one that has a ball shape or a fold-out rubber flange at the end. You will need to plunge at least 15-20 times before you see any result.
- If plunging does not help, pour a heapful of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar into the bowl. After a few minutes, pour in warm water and leave undisturbed for 2-3 hours. This will clear the toilet of any organic buildup. It would be great to leave it overnight, but it many not be possible for everyone to do this.
- If the problem refuses to go away, you could use a plumbing snake, or call the plumber!
At least you tried!