Nothing is more aggravating and embarrassing than clogging the toilet (especially
when you’re at a friend's house). Wait a minute. Clogging the
toilet and not having a plunger on hand definitely takes the cake! When
you inevitably find yourself in this awful scenario, keep a few of these
tricks in mind.
Finding Yourself in Hot Water
Before you start to panic, check the bathroom for any type of bucket or
cup. If you can’t find one, see if they have a cup-like tooth brush
holder you can use. Fill the bucket or cup with as hot of water as you
can (not boiling). Pour roughly 10 to 12 cups of hot water into the toilet
and allow it to slowly break up the blockage you recently flushed.
Lubricating the Clog
If you’re in the comfort of your own home (or you’re feeling
sneaky), run into the kitchen and grab the dish soap. Pour some into the
bowl and allow it to sink into the opening. Pour some hot water into the
toilet and let it sit. The combination of hot water and soap should help
break up and lubricate the clog so the toilet can successfully flush.
Brushing Your Way to Freedom
There’s no bucket or cup and you’re too afraid to ask someone
to bring you dish soap, now what? Drastic times call for your drastic
measures – grab the toilet brush and use it to plunge! Yes, this might
get a tad bit splashy and isn’t the cleanest of methods, but that’s
why this is the last resort. Push the brush as far into the bowl opening
as you can in hopes that the bristles can break up the clog.
Every bathroom should have its very own plunger, but since there are those
risk takers in the world, these toilet unclogging methods are good to
have on hand. When your toilets begin clogging on a routine basis, a larger
problem exists that needs to be addressed. Contact the plumbing pros at
Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.