How To Clear A Clogged Toilet Without A Plunger

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Sometimes a toilet bowl can get clogged and a regular plunger just won't clear the obstruction. When this happens, it is important to not panic and stay calm, because there are still a number of things you can do without the assistance of a plunger.

For this task you will need the following items:

  • A pair of long rubber gloves
  • Access to hot water
  • Shampoo
  • A bucket

1 - Start by putting on the rubber gloves and make sure that they cover as much of your skin as possible. The rubber gloves will protect you from coming into direct contact with any waste remnants that are inside the bowl. The gloves will also protect you in the event that there is a splash back from the water inside the toilet. If human waste does come into contact with your skin, you should immediately rinse it off with soap and water to ensure that you don't spread it to other areas of the body or house.

2 - In the sink, run the water until it is hot and then fill the bucket approximately half full. Make sure that you do not pour the water until it is boiling hot, as extreme temperatures can damage the porcelain inside your toilet bowl. The water should be hot enough that you would not want to stick your hand inside the water for fear of burning your hand.

3 - Add shampoo to the hot water and mix it around to create bubbles. The shampoo will act as a lubricant that will help to allow the obstruction to slide down the pipes easier.

4 - Pour the hot water and shampoo mixture into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about ten to fifteen minutes. This will allow the water to heat up the clog in the pipe and make it move easier. The hot water will also help to break through toilet paper and break up the blocked area.

5 - After ten minutes, attempt to flush the toilet to see if the problem has been resolved. If the toilet flushes properly, then you know that the obstruction has been cleared and your toilet has been restored to working order.

If the steps outlined above do not fix the problem and your toilet is still blocked, you should call in a professional plumber to come and diagnose what the issue is. A plumber can come in and locate the source of the problem, and take apart the pipes without damaging the toilet, if necessary.

Contact a service like Rolling Bay Plumbing for more help.

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