Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

3-Step Guide To Unclogging Your Home's Only Toilet

by Jill Jenkins

If your home's only toilet is stopped up, the stoppage can create a seriously uncomfortable situation in your home. If you find yourself in this predicament, use the following guide to try to get your toilet unclogged so your family can use it again.

Step 1:  Add Dish Detergent to the Bowl

The first step in trying to unclog your home's sole toilet is to add a couple of tablespoons of dish detergent to the toilet bowl. However, the detergent is not meant as a means to clean the bowl. The slippery consistency of the dish detergent will coat the sides of the bowl, the pipe, and some of the clog that is stopping up the toilet.

Because the soap is slippery, it acts as a lubricant. This lubrication can then help dislodge the clog when you reach step three.

Step 2:  Pour Hot Water in the Toilet

After you have added the dish detergent, the next step to unclogging your stubborn toilet is to pour hot water down the toilet. The heat from the water will not only suds up the dish soap, but it will also hopefully soften whatever material is clogging up your toilet.

However, do not use boiling water for this step. While the boiling water may soften the clog more than the hottest temperature out of your faucets, it will also most likely crack your toilet's bowl. Instead, use a couple of cups of hot tap water, and wait for about five minutes before going on to the next step.

Step 3:  Plunge the Toilet

Now that you have softened and lubricated the clog, it is time to start plunging your toilet. However, you want to make sure you are using the right plunger, and using it correctly.

If possible, use an actual toilet plunger that resembles a bell with a narrower end. This end fits tightly around the hole and creates more suction.

Once you have the correct plunger, firmly hold it down on the hole, and use full, even strokes when you plunge. You also need to hold this firm pressure because the bowl will be slippery from the detergent. If the toilet has not become unclogged within about five to ten minutes of plunging, it's probably time to call in a professional.

Even after using the above guide, you may not be able to get your toilet working again. Since the toilet is your home's only one, contact a 24-hour emergency plumber to have them come out immediately so that they can come to your home, diagnose the problem, and fix it as soon as possible.

Contact a company like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc. for more information.