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How to Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

Imagine this: It’s the day before a big gathering at your home when you go to flush the toilet and see the water start to rise instead of fall. It’s one of a host’s worst nightmares — you’ve got a clogged toilet. If you don’t have a plunger, you may be worried that you’re going to be down a bathroom for guests. But not to worry! There are plenty of ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger.

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How to Unclog A Toilet Without a Plunger

How to Unclog A Toilet Without a Plunger

1. Use an Enzyme Waste Removal Product

If you are looking to unclog your toilet without a plunger, one thing you could try is an enzyme waste removal product. These products have a combination of ingredients that break down and liquefy organic waste materials, such as toilet paper and human waste. They’re also a better option compared to chemical drain cleaners since enzyme products don’t harm your pipes or the environment.

2. Use a Wire Coat Hanger

Another way to unclog a toilet without a plunger is by using a wire coat hanger. This is especially great for unclogging more severe blockages that may require you to manually remove the item that is causing the toilet clog. Unwind a metal coat hanger, and wrap the end of the wire in a rag, using duct tape to keep it in place. Push the wire into the drain, and twist and push it against the obstruction until the water starts to drain. Only flush the toilet once the toilet water has gone down. Pro Tip: Wear gloves when you do this, so splashing water doesn’t get on you.

3. Make Your Own Drain Cleaner

Pour one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into your toilet. While that’s fizzing, heat up a half-gallon of water, then pour that into your toilet as well. Let the mixture sit overnight, and it should cause the water to drain.

4. Use Dish Soap

This is an extremely popular technique that is used amongst households that are looking to unclog their toilets without using a plunger. The slippery consistency of the dish soap is great for working as a lubricant that can help the remaining debris causing the toilet clog to slide down the toilet pipes easier. Get your kitchen's dish soap, and pour about half a cup down the toilet bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes, as this should help to initiate the lubrication process. An alternative, if you do not have dish soap handy, would be to use a bar of soap instead. Simply shop the soap bar up into small pieces and drop the pieces into the toilet bowl. This may, however, take a little longer to lubricate than dish soap, since we have to wait for it to get into a liquid state.

5. Use Hot Water

Sometimes, dish soap alone may not do the trick when you are trying to unclog a toilet without a plunger. This is where hot water comes in handy. All you have to do is fill a bucket with hot water, and pour it down the toilet. The hot water together with the water pressure will help to assist the lubrication process. Make sure that you don't use boiling water, or water that may be too hot, as this can cause a potential crack in your toilet - and that is the last thing you need!

6. Use a Gun Toilet Drainer

Another thing you could try if you are looking to unclog your toilet without a plunger is using a gun toilet drainer. This could work to suck out of the toilet and into a bucket.

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If you’re still having plumbing problems, contact the experts at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing for help. We are your one-stop-shop for all of your home or commercial property’s plumbing service needs. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at (412) 265-2662.