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How To Unclog A Toilet

We know how frustrating it can be when you’re busy and suddenly your toilet becomes clogged and you need a quick fix! The go-to solution when you need to unclog a toilet is grabbing that plunger and getting the job done. But how many of us actually have a plunger lying around home!? We can help you with some tips and tricks on ways you can unclog your toilet quickly and without making a big mess in your bathroom!

Hot water, baking soda & vinegar

If you’re trying to flush a lot of waste down the toilet and it just won’t go down, combining hot water, baking soda and vinegar can do the trick! Put the kettle on and start boiling that water. Let the water cool whilst preparing the baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the toilet. You might hear some fizzing which is a good sign! Start pouring the hot water into the toilet and let the mixture settle overnight. The water should drain the next day. If it doesn’t, that’s a sign to call your local plumber. Give us a call on 03 9909 5307 and we’ll unclog your toilet for you!

Good old wire coat hanger

The good old coat hanger comes out to play again! Straighten out your wired coat hanger and wrap the end of it with fabric tightly so it doesn’t damage your toilet. Stick the wire down the toilet and into the drain. Twist and turn it until you can feel the obstruction. Once you feel this, start pushing against it to free it. The water should begin to drain. Flush the toilet and it all should flow like usual. If there is no obstruction, there may be a bigger problem and you may need to call your local plumber!

Dishwashing detergent

Another little trick that could work to unclog your toilet! Head to the kitchen and grab some dishwashing detergent. Be generous and squeeze about a cup’s worth into the toilet bowl. Let this sit for about 10 minutes so it can move down the toilet and reach the part that’s clogged. Grab some lukewarm water and pour it into the toilet. Let this sit for another 15 minutes. Everything should start freeing up and the toilet should start draining again.

Wet/dry vacuum

Caution! You can’t use a normal vacuum here. It specifically needs to be a wet/dry vacuum for this attempt to unclog your toilet. You want to use this to first suck all the water out. You then want to stick the vacuum down the toilet drain and turn it on to hopefully suck up the clog. This one can get a little dirty so make sure you’re wearing gloves!

When to call the plumber?

Sometimes you may not have time to unclog your toilet yourself or you may be trying each trick and it’s just not working. You know it’s then time to call the plumber and get the professionals in the complete the job. Here at Our Local Plumbing Services, we have unclogged thousands of toilets in the Melbourne area. We are the qualified experts and leave each and every job with 100% customer satisfaction. Need to unclog your toilet? Give us a call today on 03 9909 5307 for a free no-obligation quote. We’re Melbourne’s choice in emergency plumber!

Have a read of what not to flush down your toilet as this could be the reason why your toilet is clogged!

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